Tim MacMahonESPN Staff Writer
- Joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009
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SALT LAKE CITY — In his first game after being fined for publicly criticizing officiating, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert got ejected early in the first quarter.
Gobert smacked a bottle off the scorer’s table in frustration after being called for his second foul with 9 minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter of Thursday’s game against the Houston Rockets. He was quickly ejected by referee Courtney Kirkland.
Gobert was called for a foul on the opening tip. His second foul came when Houston’s James Harden flopped while Gobert was fighting for post position.
Jazz’s Gobert fined $15K for criticizing officials
Jazz center Rudy Gobert has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating after his team’s loss to the Heat on Sunday.
Gobert is the only player ejected in the first three minutes of a game over the past 15 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, who attended the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena, declined to comment.
The Jazz prevailed without their defensive leader, beating the Rockets 118-91.
The NBA fined Gobert $15,000 for his critical comments after Sunday’s loss to the Miami Heat. Gobert was whistled for a foul on Heat guard Dwyane Wade with 3.2 seconds left in the game, a call the next day’s last-two-minute report