Timeline of Mark Cuban fines

Updated: June 20, 2006, 4:35 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS - With the latest NBA punishment of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, he's now known to have been fined 10 times for $1,455,000 and suspended from three games.

A chronology of those fines:

June 20, 2006 - Fined $250,000 for "several acts of misconduct" committed after a 101-100 overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA finals. Cuban went onto the floor to vent directly to official Joe DeRosa, then stared at and screamed toward commissioner David Stern and a group of league officials. He later used profanity during a postgame session with the media.

May 10, 2006 - Fined $200,000; $100,000 each for going on the court to complain during a loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of a second-round series and $100,000 for critical comments in a blog entry entitled, "How to improve NBA Playoff Officiating."

Jan. 8, 2002 - Fined $500,000 for comments about officiating after a 105-103 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He said of the NBA's director of officials Ed Rush, "Ed Rush might have been a great ref, but I wouldn't hire him to manage a Dairy Queen. His interest is not in the integrity of the game or improving the officiating."

April 13, 2001 - NBA fines Cuban $100,000 and suspends him from one game for making a derogatory gesture during a 111-106 loss to the Phoenix Suns. "I didn't make a derogatory gesture," he later said. "I jumped up and grabbed my throat after a missed call, and that was it."

Feb. 16, 2001 - Fined $10,000 and suspended from two games after he runs onto the court to break up a fight with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is known as the "chalupa incident" because the brawl was over the Mavericks trying to break 100 points so fans would get free chalupas.

Jan. 11, 2001 - Fined $100,000 after sitting on the baseline during a road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. "They said it wasn't fitting for an owner to sit there," Cuban said.

Jan. 4, 2001 - On the first anniversary of his deal to buy the Mavericks, Cuban was fined $250,000 for criticizing referees after a loss to the Detroit Pistons. Cuban had arena officials freeze a replay of an offensive goaltending violation he thought officials missed, then had photographers take pictures of it. "The refs were pitiful tonight and I don't care if I get fined," he said.

Nov. 22, 2000 - Fined $25,000 after verbally abusing and publicly criticizing officials after a loss to the Seattle SuperSonics. Cuban was angry that official Gary Benson, who wore No. 30, missed a goaltending call. Cuban waited for officials at their locker room, then said, "Am I mistaken or did No. 30 just hand them the game? Nice game, No. 30."

Nov. 20, 2000 - Cuban fined $15,000 after being escorted off the court after a confrontation with an official during a game with the Utah Jazz. Told by coach Don Nelson that his actions might be hurting the team, Cuban did not attend the next two home games.

Nov. 14, 2000 - Cuban fined $5,000 for criticizing an official after a win against the Los Angeles Clippers. "The policy is to fine anyone who criticizes the officiating," he said. "I knew that before I said anything. But it still doesn't address the issue."


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