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Referees union critical of NBA for fine

Updated: March 20, 2009, 9:30 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NBA's referees union criticized the league on Friday for fining an official who was involved in a dispute with Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

Rivers was fined $25,000 Thursday for his postgame rant two nights earlier in Chicago against Bill Kennedy, who was also docked an undisclosed amount. Rivers complained afterward that Kennedy had stared at him, goading the Celtics coach into receiving a second technical foul and an automatic ejection.

The referees, however, ...

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