Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet went off at NBA referee Ben Taylor, labeling his performance in Wednesday night’s loss to the LA Clippers as ‘f****** terrible.’
The Toronto Raptors went up against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. It was the home team who came out on top in a 108-100 courtesy of 24-point and 23-point hauls by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but the headlines were dominated by Raptors guard Fred VanVleet who received a technical foul during the game.
VanVleet was called for his eighth technical of the season with 7:02 remaining in the third quarter. The Clippers turned a corner from then on as the technical foul that VanVleet received changed the dynamics of the game, and the Raptors succumbed to a loss despite playing a decent overall game. VanVleet raged postgame at both Taylor and the other NBA officiating crew for receiving a tech foul, and what he believed to be a disparity in fouls called.
“I don’t mind it. I’ll take the fine. I don’t really care,” VanVleet began before launching into a composed, yet expletive-laden rant. “I thought Ben Taylor was f****** terrible tonight. I think that most nights, you know out of the three, there’s one or two that just f*** the game up. It’s been like that a couple of games in a row. Denver was tough, obviously.”
“You come out tonight, competing pretty hard and I get a bulls*** tech that changes the whole dynamic of the game, changed the whole flow of the game.”
What happened to Fred VanVleet following his statement?
Following his statement, VanVleet was fined a significant amount of money – as he predicted during his rant itself.
Since going on his expletive-laden rant, the Raptors guard has been fined $30,000 for comments about officiating following Wednesday’s 108-100 loss to the Clippers.
VanVleet opted to “save his money” instead of criticizing the officials after a controversial loss to the Denver Nuggets earlier this week.