Gobert Fined For TNT Foul Language
SALT LAKE CITY – Rudy Gobert has been fined $25,000 after his choice, celebratory words on TNT in the wake of the Utah Jazz Game 4 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
Gobert scored the game-winning dunk on an alley-oop pass from teammate Donovan Mitchell, evening the series after the Jazz appeared dead in the water after losses in Games 2 and 3.
When asked about the talk surrounding the team’s disappointing start to the payoffs, Gobert offered the words that earned him a fine.
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“There’s a lot of talk about what this team can and can’t be in the postseason, as you’re well aware,” TNT’s Matt Winer said to Gobert of the win. “What is the potential of this Utah group?”
“[Expletive] the talk,” Gobert responded. “We’re just trying to be the best team we can be, try to enjoy the moment, and whatever happens, happens.”
On Sunday, the NBA announced the $25,000 fine for Gobert.
“Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has been fined $25,000 for using profane language during a live television interview, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations,” the league announced.
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“Gobert made his comments during an on-court interview at the conclusion of the Jazz’ 100-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on April 23 at Vivint Arena.”
The Jazz had been the focus of much discussion around the NBA after dropping Games 2 and 3 to the Mavericks who were playing without superstar Luka Doncic.
However, the Jazz answered back with a narrow 100-99 win over the Mavericks in Game 4 to send the series back to Dallas.
Whichever team wins Game 5 will have an opportunity to close the series out in Utah in Game 6.
Gobert had 17 points and 15 rebounds in the win.
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