Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd was fined $50,000 for intentionally spilling a cup of soda that caused a delay during the Nets’ loss on Wednesday to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The first-year coach initially denied the allegation, but at the 8.3 second mark in the fourth quarter, video showed that Kidd appeared to tell point guard Tyshawn Taylor to intentionally run into him, at which point the player walked toward his coach and bumped into him, causing the cup of soda to spill onto the court and allow Kidd to draw up a play on the sideline.
“Cup slipped out of my hand while I was getting Ty,” Kidd said of “Cupgate.” “Sweaty palms. I was never good with the ball.
“In the heat of the battle, you’re trying to get guys in and out of the game, and the cup fell out of my hand.”
Video replays appeared to show Kidd saying “Hit me,” something Taylor flatly denied.
Said Taylor: “No [Kidd didn’t say that]. I wasn’t paying attention. I just kind of bumped him. I didn’t even know he was holding [anything]. [But] coach was drinking a soda on the sideline. I was like, ‘What’s he doing?’
The video evidence suggests that Kidd was lying, and the NBA’s swift action shows that the league doesn’t appreciate being misled.
It’s not uncommon for teams across all major professional sports to try to get an edge any way possible. In the NFL and Major League Baseball, teams try to steal signs while in soccer, flopping is a common practice.
Kidd has a history of bending the rules going back to his playing days with the Dallas Mavericks. He made contact with Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson while dribbling up the floor, bumped into the coach while appearing to initiate the contact and then pointing to Woodson as if he did it.
His latest stunt will prove costly, and now, the future Hall of Famer will likely think twice before he tries to deceive the officials again.
Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer | AFP
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