Heat president Pat Riley has been fined $ 25K for violating the NBA’s anti-manipulation rule, the league announced Wednesday in a press release. The ending is the result of Riley’s recent comments about the former Heat and current Lakers star LeBron James.
As we transmitted earlier this week, Riley made his comments during a random appearance in a live stream hosted by Dan Le Batard (video link). With a glass of wine in hand during his appearance, the Heat president really misinterpreted a question about whether he always left a “key under the door mat” for Dwyane Wade, who is now a part-owner of the Jazz. Riley thought the question was in reference to James.
“LeBron, look, he’s one of the greatest of all time, and for four years down there, if we want to go back and remember how those four years were, it’s been four years in the Finals, four years of excitement, two championships. of the world … It was the best moment for the Heat, ”Riley said. “So I want him to be the best, and if he ever wants to come back, I’ll put a new shiny key under the carpet.”
Riley seemed immediately aware that he had said too much about the current Lakers star, claiming that his comments on LeBron “will only make me fine.” Yet, a $ 25K penalty essentially equates to a slap on the wrist when it comes to handling violations, so the NBA implicitly acknowledges that Riley’s violation was minor.
In comparison, Daryl Morey and the Sixers were each successful with a $ 75K fine earlier this week due to a two-word Morey tweet responding to the Warriors star Stephen Curry. Morey tweeted, “Join them,” in response to Curry’s post about his brother, Sixers guard Seth Curry.