NBA Fines Kenyon Martin $35,000
Martin was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for antics involved with his second-quarter ejection against Charlotte. He already had been assured of a $1,500 penalty for each of two technicals.
After receiving the technicals and being ejected by official Ken Mauer with 2:27 left in the first half, Martin slowly walked off the court with a big smile on his face. He mockingly clapped in an attempt to urge on the fans. And he stopped to adjust his uniform.
Martin, often penalized in his 10-year career, expressed surprise after the game in the locker room about the ejection, and said it was among the least he'd ever acted up to get tossed.
Martin received his technicals for arguing a foul call on teammate J.R. Smith and then clapping after Stephen Jackson had missed the first of two free throws. But the Nuggets were able to come to win 104-93.
"I didn't see the second one,'' Nuggets coach George Karl said after the game about Martin's ejection. "I turned around. I was walking the other way. I never saw it. Kenyon said he didn't use profanity, and I know that you can be thrown out for doing things. But I don't know. ... Sometimes the referees get dealt very difficult situations. It didn't seem like this was one of them but maybe he felt it was.''
Martin has eight technicals this season, one behind Carmelo Anthony for the team lead on one of the NBA's most penalized teams. If a player reaches 16 technicals, he gets an automatic one-game suspension.
Martin has received many fines in his career. But this is his first since being docked $25,000 for a hard foul on Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki during last May's Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
But at least Martin's ejection didn't come when he had pledged donations to Haiti. For last Thursday's game against the Clippers, Martin vowed to donate $1,500 for each rebound he grabbed to the earthquake-ravaged nation.
Martin pulled down 14 boards for a donation of $21,000. When he was ejected Monday, Martin had just two boards.
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