While no suspension was handed down to Chicago Bulls forward-center Taj Gibson after his ejection during Game 2 of the Chicago Bulls’ playoff series against the Miami Heat, the former USC Trojan is going to be a bit lighter in his pocket after today.
Per Matt Moore, the NBA dished out a $25K fine to Gibson this afternoon thanks to what they’re calling “verbal abuse of a game official”.
Taj Gibson fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of a game official, NBA has announced.
While the fine no doubt will put a dent (although small) into Gibson’s wallet, both he and the Bulls have to be happy that no suspension was announced as the Bulls will be going into the Game 3 match-up tonight shorthanded. As mentioned earlier, both Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich have been ruled out in along with Derrick Rose, though Rose’s status isn’t all that shocking.
Hopefully for fans of the Chicago Bulls, Gibson’s profanity laced tirade towards officials wont have a negative impact on this evenings game as the Bulls try to take a 2-1 series lead over the heavily favored Miami Heat.
Game 3 takes place tonight in Chicago at 8PM Eastern and thankfully, Gibson wont be watching in a suit or on TV.