Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Fined $10k for Kicking Chair in Spectator Stands

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2016

Jan 16, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) dribbles the ball up the court during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons won 113-95. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been fined $10,000 by the NBA for kicking a chair located in the spectator stands during the team's 111-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 18, the league announced.

Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears initially reported the news.

Caldwell-Pope was solid with 14 points on six-of-13 shooting, but he was ejected in the waning stages of the third quarter after complaining about being assessed a personal foul. 

"That's the way they wanted to ref the game and that was it," center Andre Drummondwho was also slapped with a technical foulsaid, per MLive.com's Aaron McMann. "It is what it is. It happened, he got thrown out and we lost the game. It's no really one thing we can pinpoint on why we lost that game. It was a group thing."

Caldwell-Pope has only received three technical fouls this season, a number that pales in comparison to the ones racked up by Andre Drummond and Marcus Morris. 

According to ESPN.com, Morris and Drummond have been slapped with seven and six technical fouls, respectively. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green leads the league with 10 such fouls. 

"At the end of the day, we just have to be more mature and do better," Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver added, per McMann. 

Each technical foul is accompanied by a $2,000 fine, while the ejection cost Caldwell-Pope an additional $2,000, per Spotrac.com. Combined with Wednesday's $10,000 slap on the wrist, Caldwell-Pope is starting at a total of $16,000 in payments to the league office. 

For a guy making a shade under $2.9 million in the third year of his rookie contract, according to Spotrac, those aren't inconsequential financial figures.