While Stephen Curry will not be suspended for throwing his mouthpiece, he will have to pay a fine so hefty that it took the all-star by surprise.
The penalty came on Saturday (Oct. 21), when the Warriors starter tossed his mouth guard at a referee after a missed call when he drove to the basket with seconds left in the fourth quarter. Curry was promptly ejected from the game leaving Golden State to lose to the Memphis Grizzlies 111-101.
He has since been fined $50,000 dollars for the incident. When asked about the pricey penalty, Steph admitted he was stunned in an interview with ESPN. “It’s an expensive mouthpiece toss. At the end of the day, it’s not about the money, it’s about me not doing stupid stuff and losing my cool like that. It’s obviously a tough blow, but it’s more so about me recognizing how to handle myself on the court.”
The sharpshooter maintains that the referee was not a target and is thankful that the NBA sees the heated moment the same way thus avoiding a suspension. “It was embarrassing, and I know that. I can’t do that. I know the league wants to crack down on that type of behavior and I understand why. I’ve got to be better than that” he explained.
This is not the first time Curry has been taxed by the league for hurling his mouthpiece. In 2016 he was fined $25,000 for hitting a fan with the protective device after fouling out of game 6 of the NBA Finals.