Heat president Pat Riley has been fined $ 25,000 for violating the NBA’s anti-tampering rule, the league announced Wednesday in a Press release. The fine is the result of Riley’s recent comments about the former Heat star and current Lakers star. Lebron James.
How we broadcast earlier this week, Riley made his comments during an informal appearance on a live broadcast hosted by Dan Le Batard (video link). With a glass of wine in hand during his appearance, the Heat president misinterpreted a question about whether he was still leaving a “key under the door mat” for Dwyane Wade, who is now a co-owner of Jazz. Riley thought the question was about James.
“LeBron, look, he’s one of the best of all time, and for four years here, if we want to go back and remember what those four years were like, it was four years in the final, four years of excitement, two world championships … It was the best moment for the Heat, ”Riley said. “So I wish him nothing but the best, and if he ever wants to go back, I’ll put a shiny new key under the rug.”
Riley seemed to immediately realize that he had said too much about the current Lakers star, claiming that his comments about LeBron “will just fine me.” Still, a $ 25K fine essentially amounts to a slap on the wrist when it comes to tampering violations, which is why the NBA implicitly acknowledges that Riley’s violation was minor.
By comparison, Daryl Morey and the Sixers were each hit with a $ 75K fine earlier this week as a result of a two-word tweet from Morey in response to the Warriors star Stephen Curry. Morey tweeted, “Join them,” in response to Curry’s post about his brother, the Sixers guard. Seth curry.