Taj Gibson’s profanity laced tirade at referee Scott Foster for which he was ejected in the Bulls' embarrassing loss in Game 2 earned him a $25,000 fine on Friday afternoon before Game 3.
Gibson became upset at Foster for not making a call early in the fourth quarter and laid into the official.
“I should’ve conducted myself better or walked away," Gibson said told the Chicago Tribune. "It was just frustration. You’re getting blown out. It’s playoffs, on national television. Just got to move on.”
It didn’t help Gibson that Stu Jackson, the NBA’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations who also levies fines and suspensions, was in attendance at American Airlines Arena and witnessed the entire episode.
Gibson took to Twitter on Friday to apologize for his actions.
“I want 2 apologize #Bulls & #NBA fans 4 my actions. Got 2 keep my passion focused on my team. Get hyped for tonight #Chicago ! #seered”
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