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Gerald Wallace Fined $10K for Foul Language, Jared Sullinger Gets Flop Warning

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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2013

Hear that? It's the sound of Gerald Wallace's bank account being ravaged and Jared Sullinger's quivering in fear of the same.

"Crash" has been fined $10,000 by the NBA for dropping an "f-bomb" following the Boston Celtics' loss to the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg:

“I don’t know what the **** (the loss) was, just to be honest with you,” he said at the time, per The Republican's Jay King. “I don’t really know what was going on."

Wallace hasn't abstained from blasting his new team this year. He's been consistently calling them out for their failures since the preseason.

"We’re not playing with effort," Wallace explained after a preseason loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, per The Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes. "Guys are out there being selfish. The opponent is giving it their all, regardless of how the night is going."

Articulating his honesty has cost him dearly this time. Well, maybe not. That $10,000 accounts for less than a tenth of a percent of his $10.1 million salary. So fear not, he'll still be able to afford the upkeep on his sweet-looking haircut long after paying for his loose cannon of a mouth.

Sullinger's wallet is now on the verge of getting lighter, too. 

The NBA announced that Sullinger received a warning for violating the league's anti-flopping policy against the Rockets: 

Video footage of the incident can be found below:

Imaginary hands must have thrown him to the ground. That's the only explanation.

Dwight Howard is massive and, at times, probably unaware of his own strength. But this is a clear flop. Sullinger hit the ground unprovoked. There was some contact, but all of it came within the flow of play. 

Since this is Sullinger's first offense of the season, only a warning was issued. If he's caught flopping a second time, he'll owe a cool $5,000 for poor acting, half the amount Crash was penalized for using the f-bomb.

Technically, Boston's sophomore forward could flop two more times before he's out as much cash as Crash. He would be fined $10,000 for a third floor-pounding adventure. Go figure.

Welcome to today's NBA, where one cuss word can finance 2.5 flops.

 

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