NBA fines Draymond Green $25K after he called for 'a whole new crop' of referees

Draymond Green is rarely shy with his opinions, and his latest candid thoughts on NBA officiating have cost him $25,000.

The NBA fined Green on Monday for criticizing officials on Saturday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The Golden State Warriors forward picked up his league-leading 11th technical foul on Saturday for arguing with an official in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers, leaving him five shy of an automatic suspension.

Green ripped into officials after the game over what he views as personal vendettas referees have with players.

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OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 25: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors complains to referee Derrick Stafford #9 of a no foul call during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2017 in Oakland, California. 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. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 25: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts clapping after referee Derrick Stafford #9 called a technical foul on him during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2017 in Oakland, California. 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. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 22: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors argues with a referee against the Portland Trail Blazers during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center on April 22, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. 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. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 14: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors is called for a technical foul by referee Marc Davis #8 during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. 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. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 22: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors argues a call with referee Tony Brothers #25 in the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 22, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors complains about a call to referee Gary Zielinski #59 during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at ORACLE Arena on November 13, 2016 in Oakland, California. 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. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MAY 9: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors confronts referee Ed Malloy #14 during the first quarter of Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on May 9, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. 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. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 12: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors talks with Referee Ron Garretson #10 during the game against the Phoenix Suns at ORACLE Arena on March 12, 2016 in Oakland, California. 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 Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 06: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors talks with referee Ken Mauer #41 while there's a break in the action during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies at ORACLE Arena on January 6, 2017 in Oakland, California. 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. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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“It’s bad,” Green told The Athletic. “It’s horrible. It’s really bad. I don’t know why it is. But I think it’s ridiculous. It’s ruining the game. … It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should.

“They can get a new crop (of referees), a whole new crop. Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don’t work that way.”

Warriors teammate Stephen Curry walked a fine line when asked about Green’s relationship with officials, but said that he does believe that Green is sometimes treated unfairly.

“He has a certain kind of mannerism about him, a certain disposition that is different than other people,” Curry said. “I’ve been on the court where you’re just looking around like why did he get a tech? He didn’t say anything. He didn’t do anything demonstrative. I’ve seen way worse kind of had a blind eye turned to it.”

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