Delonte West's wet-willy to Jazz guard Gordon Hayward will cost the Mavericks guard $25,000.
West said he thought the fine from the NBA is excessive.
I didn't think it was going to be that steep, West told ESPN. I mean, that's a whole month's check for me. I probably ain't going to have no cable for a couple of days. But the way the league is now -- and I'm not questioning anything -- it's just a play that shouldn't be in the game of basketball.
During the Mavs-Jazz game Monday night, West stuck his finger in Hayward's ear with the Jazz up 34-31. Video of the incident went viral, with more than 461,000 people viewing it on YouTube.
You can check out the wet-willy incident at the end of this article.
Although he disagreed with the amount of the fine, West did not condone his behavior.
I went over the line, West said, according to CBS Sports. I saw some lint in his hair, and I wanted to get it out for him. Seriously, we were like two warriors out there. But I forgot the NBA is a gentlemen's game. They want us to battle and scrap, but they want us to do it nicely.
Utah wound up winning the game in triple-overtime, 123-121.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle was not pleased with West.
I made it clear to him that that's unacceptable, Carlisle said. He's a competitive guy. But your competitiveness has to manifest in the right way. By and large, he's had a tremendous year for us. And he's done the right things. I see that as an isolated incident and I don't see it happening again.
If West wants uninterrupted cable, Carlisle may be right.
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