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Timberwolves’ Rudy Gobert Fined $75K

Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert has been hit with a $75,000 fine by the NBA, as announced today in a press release. The league cited Gobert’s “inappropriate and unprofessional gesture that questions the integrity of the league and its game officials” as the reason for the fine.

During Sunday’s Game 4 loss to Denver, Gobert was caught by TNT cameras making a “money” gesture by rubbing his fingers together after being called for a loose ball foul (video link)

This isn’t the first time Gobert has been penalized for the same gesture. Just over two months ago, he was fined $100,000 for making the “money” sign after a foul call. Despite facing criticism, Gobert didn’t back down during his postgame media session, suggesting that gambling money could influence referee calls.

The NBA’s press release mentioned Gobert’s history of “improper conduct” toward game officials as a factor in determining the fine. While this fine is smaller than the one issued in March, it’s still substantial given the brief nature of the gesture and the absence of postgame commentary.

It’s worth noting that $100,000 is the maximum fine that the NBA can impose on a player in cases like this.

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