‣ Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic used profanity during his postgame interview after achieving his first first-half triple-double and seventh 40-point triple-double of his NBA career.
‣ Doncic, who recently celebrated the birth of his first child, apologized for his language, which could potentially result in fines from the NBA.
‣ Despite the controversy, the Mavericks achieved a significant victory in the game, with a 147-97 win over the Utah Jazz, marking their highest-scoring game this season.
"I said before the game, you know, we just can't fuck around, and, uh….ah shit…" – Luka Doncic 😂
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing)
Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks star, dropped an F-bomb during his postgame interview. This happened Wednesday night, right after he recorded his first-ever first-half triple-double and his seventh 40-point triple-double in his NBA career.
The 24-year-old Doncic was asked about the significance of the victory. This was particularly relevant since the Mavericks had kicked off December with a 0-2 record. Dallas had managed to improve to 4-6 in its last 10 games.
Doncic’s response? “I said before the game, you know, we just can’t f—k around,” he stated.
The four-time All-Star was quick to apologize for his language. He told the reporter on the court, “Ah, s—t. My bad.” The reporter helped Luka brush off the embarrassing moment. After all, the guy’s exhausted. He just celebrated the birth of his first child last week with his fiancée, Anamaria Goltes.
Doncic had another swearing incident during a postgame interview after a 147-97 win over the Utah Jazz. But, you know, he’s been adding to the swear jar long before his newborn arrived. In late October, the six-year veteran described a player’s game as “f—king amazing.”
The average NBA fan’s response? “Who cares!” But the league can issue fines to players or coaches for swearing, be it on the court or during media interviews. However, Doncic has apologized for both instances. Neither the league nor Dallas is likely to fine the four-time All-NBA member. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban seems willing to let everything slide.
In the 2021-22 season, players paid a total of $95,000 in fines for swearing. This is the highest amount the league has ever issued for cursing in a single season dating back to 2003-04.
But Doncic had a lot to celebrate. The Mavericks’ 147-97 blowout victory over the Utah Jazz was their highest-scoring game this season. It was just two points shy of their highest-scoring game ever in regulation.
In addition to picking up his 60th career triple-double, Dallas’ 52-point lead in the closing minutes was just one point short of the franchise record. This record was set on Nov. 13, 2014, in a 123-70 win over Philadelphia.