Nets GM Sean Marks Suspended 1 Game, Fined $25K for Entering Referee Locker Room

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2019

BROOKLYN, NY - FEBRUARY 8: Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks speaks with the media before the game between the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls  on February 8, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Things got heated on the court Saturday in Game 4 between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets, and some of that emotion apparently remained after the contest.

According to an NBA press release, Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks was suspended for a game and fined $25,000 for entering the referees' locker room following the game:

Things got chippy midway through the third quarter, when Joel Embiid aggressively blocked a Jarrett Allen shot attempt. While the play looked innocuous enough, Jared Dudley took exception and ran from the three-point line to shove Embiid. 

Jimmy Butler quickly returned the favor, shoving Dudley, and a mini-scrum broke out that spilled into the stands. 

When the dust settled, Embiid was hit with a flagrant and both Dudley and Butler were ejected. And the war of words that has carried throughout the series continued after the game.

Dudley said he instigated the scrum in response to Embiid's elbow on Jarrett Allen in Game 2 that was also called a flagrant foul. On Monday, Embiid and Ben Simmons laughed in the press conference while Embiid was apologizing, though the Sixers big man apologized a second time later and said he wasn't laughing about the elbow and felt bad for clocking Allen.

But Dudley felt a statement needed to be made (h/t Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily):

"It's just something that's been escalating for a while. Game 2 the elbow... they're in the press conference laughing. And then I see it like that, I thought it was a good push and that we're not having it today. For sure I was sending a message, when a guy is getting flagrant fouls, I mean Joel Embiid is second in the league in flagrant fouls, so for that elbow to just have a flagrant 1, no fine, laughing in the media. If you think a team I play on is gonna have that, that's another thing you have coming."

With both Dudley and Butler being ejected, it appeared the Nets had the upper hand in Game 4, losing the far less valuable player. But Embiid was dominant in the second half, and the Sixers squeaked out a 112-108 victory, taking a 3-1 lead in the series. 

And frustrations continue to mount in Brooklyn, from the locker room to the front office.

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