Knicks forward Julius Randle fined $ 25,000 for verbal abuse

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January 6, 2022; New York, New York, United States; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) gestures after making a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA fined New York Knicks star Julius Randle $ 25,000 on Saturday for his “blatant use of profane language” in media interviews.

Randle is the Knicks’ leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 19.6 points and 10.1 rebounds in 37 games.

The league noted that the 27-year-old forward made his profane comments twice – after practice Wednesday, and then after the Knicks’ 108-105 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Randle gave the fans a thumbs-down gesture after making a layup in the fourth period, and after the game he said he wanted the gesture to mean “shut up.” He had been booed in the first half.

The Knicks and Celtics meet again on Saturday night in Boston.

–Field level media

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