Minnesota Timberwolves sparkplug Patrick Beverley has again been hit with a five-figure fine by the NBA over another recent display of his honest passion for basketball.
Beverley is well-known for his animated style on and off the court. His affection for the game and the hard way at which he plays it has earned him a legion of admirers for whatever team he is playing for at the moment, and a just as boisterous a group of detractors.
Before the Timberwolves even took part in the team play-in game earlier this week against his former team the Los Angeles Clippers, Beverley found his bank account $25,000 lighter after the league penalized him for “improper conduct” towards referee David Guthrie in the team’s season finale matchup against the Chicago Bulls, this past Sunday.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard gets $55,000 in fines from NBA in two days
After being ejected from the game following receiving a technical foul — his eleventh of the season — Patrick Beverely reportedly told Guthrie “you’re trash.” Certainly not the end of the world but still unprofessional conduct from a nine-season veteran.
Well, on Thursday the 33-year-old was informed he would be losing out on another $30,000 from another fine by the NBA. This time over “egregious use of profanity” following the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-104 play-in game victory over the Clippers on Tuesday.
In the post-game press conference, Beverley explained to reporters what he had yelled toward the Clippers bench once the game was in hand for his current team.
“Take they a** home,” Beverley recalled saying. “Long flight to L.A. Take they a** home. It’s deeper than that for me. I gave my blood and sweat and tears to that organization. You guys know the story. Blood, sweat, and tears, to just be written off like that, ‘he’s injury prone, he’s old.’ This, this, that, that. To be able to come here and play them in a play-in and beat they a**, no other feeling man. No other feeling.”
That wasn’t all though. The fine also included a profanity-laced since-deleted Instagram post in which Beverley also called his former squad the “weak-a** Clippers” and that they could now “get the f*** out of here.”
In total, Beverly was fined $55,000 by the league in just a two-day period.
The Timberwolves return to the NBA games today scheduled on Saturday when they face the second-seed Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs.