Patrick Beverley Fined $30K for Language After Timberwolves' Play-In Win vs. Clippers

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVApril 14, 2022

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) flexes in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King

Patrick Beverley basked in schadenfreude after helping lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a play-in victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Now he has to pay for his troubles.

The NBA fined Beverley $30,000 for "inappropriate statements" made on social media and during postgame interviews Wednesday. 

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Beverley called out the "weak-ass Clippers" and said the Wolves "beat they motherf--kin' ass ... f--k outta here."

“Take they ass home,” Beverley at the press conference of what he told his former teammates. "Long flight to L.A. Take y'all ass home. It’s deeper than that for me. I gave my blood and sweat and tears to that organization. You guys know the story.”

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto

Pat Bev on what he told the Clippers: “Take they ass home. Long flight to LA. It’s deep for me. I gave my blood, sweat and tears to that organization. To be written off like that. He’s injury prone. He’s old. To play them in a Play-In and beat they ass, no other feeling.” <a href="https://t.co/GhElKhOLiM">pic.twitter.com/GhElKhOLiM</a>

Beverley spent the previous four seasons with the Clippers before requesting a trade ahead of the 2021-22 campaign over a breakdown in contract extension talks. During an appearance on JJ Redick's podcast The Old Man & the Three last month, Beverley called talks "borderline disrespectful" to his contributions to the Clippers.

Beverley was traded twice, once to the Memphis Grizzlies and then again to the Timberwolves, where he helped reshape the team's culture and lead them to just their second playoff berth since 2003-04. 

It was more than understandable for the always emotional Beverley to let the moment get the best of him after taking down his former team to clinch a playoff spot for his current squad.

As far as the financials go, the Timberwolves also showed him a sign of respect by giving him a one-year, $13 million extension. Odds are he feels Tuesday night was $30,000 well spent.