If, by chance, you were under a rock over the weekend and missed the shenanigans set forth by Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri, you missed a great deal of entertainment. For reference, Ujiri was spotted using “colorful” language during an event prior to the first playoff game of the season between the Raptors and Brooklyn Nets and while he was rumored to have escaped any action from the league, that rumor was refuted on Monday evening.
Raps GM Masai Ujiri fined $25,000 for using obscene language in a public setting on Saturday prior to Raptors’ playoff game against BK Nets.
— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) April 22, 2014
Frankly, it would have been a significant surprise if Ujiri avoided punishment for this action, even if it was almost universally praised on the internet. A face of the franchise, especially one that represents the whole of a country, can not exactly defend this type of language in a public forum, and his actions made the decision an easy one for the league office.
Still, it is nearly a given that the Raptors picked up the support of casual fans after Uriji’s “comments”, and if nothing else, that is a win that emerges from this for the franchise that he represents.