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 Drummond—who was also slapped with a technical foul—said, 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.
"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.
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