Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas was hit with a $40,000 fine by the NBA on Friday after he used “derogatory and disparaging language” during a postgame interview following the Nets’ 116-105 win over the Chicago Bulls the night before.
The league announced the fine in a press release on Friday, citing Thomas’ use of an anti-gay remark on Thursday night.
Thomas, who became the youngest player in NBA history to record three straight 40+ point games earlier this week, made the remark during an interview with TNT in response to teammate Spencer Dinwiddie’s comment about the trade package that sent Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith from the Dallas Mavericks to Brooklyn in exchange for Kyrie Irving.
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“We may not be the best trade package, but we’re the best-looking. And the Nets needed some help in that department,” Dinwiddie said earlier this week.
“We already had good-looking guys, no homo,” Thomas said Thursday night.
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The comment prompted TNT’s Jared Greenberg to point out the obvious.
“All right, I’m sure the league office will enjoy that one.”
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Thomas apologized after the game on social media.
“I want to apologize for the insensitive word I used in the post-game interview,” he tweeted. “I was excited about the win and was being playful. I definitely didn’t intend to offend anyone, but realize that I probably did. My apologies again. Much love.”