Timberwolves F Gibson fined $25K after meltdown

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Posted at Jan 27 2019 09:14 AM

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson (67) and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) react to a jump ball call after a scramble for a loose ball during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The NBA has fined Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson $25,000 for aggressively pursuing and directing an obscene gesture toward an official during Friday's loss to the Utah Jazz.

The incident occurred after Gibson was assessed two technical fouls and ejected with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter in Salt Lake City.

After the Timberwolves' 106-102 loss, Gibson said he would apologize to the official, James Williams.

"I know James," Gibson said. "He's like a big brother. ... You get used to seeing him all the time, so you've got a relationship. Sometimes, tempers flare and kind of lose it a little. But at the end of the day, you know he means well. It's part of the job. It was just one of those times I lost it.

"Like I said, I'm human. But I got a lot of respect for James. Like I said, he's been reffing my games 10-plus years in the NBA. It's up to me just to go talk to him and apologize."

The fine was announced Saturday by NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe.

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