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NBA fines Gerald Wallace for swearing, warns Jared Sullinger for flopping

The NBA levied a $10,000 fine against Celtics [1] forward Gerald Wallace [2] for his postgame comments during a locker room interview after Tuesday’s dreadful 109-85 loss to the Rockets. “I don’€™t know what the [expletive] tonight was, just to be honest with you,” Wallace told the media. “I don’€™t really know what was going on.”

Wallace has been extremely vocal after Celtics losses, regularly criticizing his teammates for their effort, but the NBA is walking a dangerous line by establishing a precedent for fining a player who used vulgar language during a locker room interview. After all, Kevin Garnett [3] wasn’t exactly Mary Poppins.

Meanwhile, the NBA also issued a warning against Celtics forward Jared Sullinger for flopping while boxing out Houston center Dwight Howard [4]. Of course, the game was already over at that point. A second offense would result in a $5,000 fine for Sullinger. In other words, swearing after a loss is twice as bad as flopping during one.