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Thomas slammed after saying contest about money

Updated: February 8, 2007, 12:09 PM ET
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls fined forward Tyrus Thomas $10,000 on Tuesday, one day after the rookie said he only was interested in the prize money at the NBA's slam dunk contest.

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He later apologized "for any negative feelings that may have been caused by my comments."

Wednesday, Thomas told reporters that his words just came out wrong.

"It was a miscommunication and understanding of words," Thomas said. "I take it as a lesson learned. I hate that this happened. ...

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