Timberwolves’ Beverley Fined by NBA for Profanity Following Win
Patrick Beverley's trash-talking to the LA Clippers cost him $30,000 after the Minnesota Timberwolves point guard was fined by the NBA for "egregious use of profanity" in postgame comments to the news media and on social media.
Beverley was emotional after Minnesota's come-from-behind 109-104 play-in win over his former team. He talked trash to the Clippers during and after the victory that clinched the seventh seed in the playoffs for Minnesota on Tuesday.
"Take they ass home," Beverley said of what he told his old teammates at the end of the game during his postgame media interview session. "Long flight to L.A. Take they ass 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 ass, no other feeling man. No other feeling."
In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, Beverley recorded himself calling his old team the "weak-ass Clippers" before telling them to "get the f--- out of here."
The veteran point guard spent four seasons with the Clippers before he was traded last August to Memphis, which then promptly dealt him to Minnesota. In February, the Timberwolves gave Beverley the $13 million contract extension he was originally seeking from the Clippers.
Beverley also used profanity when talking about how he delivered on his vow back in September to take the Timberwolves to the playoffs.
"I told you we were going to the playoffs," Beverley said. "Most of you all, y'all looked at me like I was crazy when I first said that. I f---ing told y'all."
Beverley has been fined a total of $55,000 by the league this week. He was hit with a $25,000 fine on Tuesday for improper conduct toward a game official after he received a technical foul and was ejected with 19.5 seconds remaining in the second quarter of the Timberwolves' 124-120 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.