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Pelicans executive David Griffin fined for comments about Zion Williamson, refereeing

Pelicans lead executive David Griffin

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 26: Pelicans Executive David Griffin looks on before the game against the Boston Celtics on January 26, 2020 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Pelicans lead executive David Griffin went off on how Zion Williamson is refereed in the aftermath of the star’s finger injury.

NBA release:

New Orleans Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin has been fined $50,000 for public criticism of the officiating and comments detrimental to the NBA, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations.

Griffin made his remarks to the media on May 7.

Griffin is highly protective of Williamson and probably frustrated that the Pelicans aren’t meeting his expectations. It’s not terribly surprising Griffin said what he did. Officiating the uniquely powerful Williamson
is challenging. He draws and gives so much contact.

It’s also unsurprising the league responded by fining Griffin.

If Griffin’s comments tilt calls more in Williamson’s favor, the fine will have been well worth it. But it’s far from certain that’ll be the outcome.