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Nets GM suspended; Dudley, Butler fined for Game 4 melee


The Nets’ General Manager is facing some heat.

Sean Marks will serve a one-game suspension and have to pay a $25 thousand fine for entering the referees locker room after Game 4 of the Nets-Sixers matchup Saturday. The announcement was made Sunday by Byron Spruell, President, NBA League Operations.

Sean Marks. (The Associated Press)

The NBA also announced Sunday Jared Dudley was fined $25,000 and Jimmy Butler $15,000 for their role in a third quarter altercation after Dudley pushed Joel Embiid after the latter’s hard foul on Jarrett Allen. Neither Dudley nor Butler received suspensions after their Game 4 ejections.

Neither the team nor Marks has responded to the suspension, but tensions were still high following their 108-112 loss to the Sixers. After the game Nets players and Kenny Atkinson were especially upset at what they viewed as an egregious non-call on Tobias Harris, for a wrap around on Jarrett Allen with about five seconds left. There was also an obvious push in the back from Ben Simmons on the offensive rebound that led to JJ Redick’s big 3-pointer.

Nets owner Joe Tsai doubled down Sunday night and tweeted, “My partners and I have spoken and the entire Nets ownership group support our GM Sean Marks for protesting the wrong calls and missed calls. NBA rules are rules and we respect that, but our players and fans expect things to be fair.”

According to the league’s Last Two Minute Report, Harris grabbed Allen, preventing him from attempting a shot or maintaining possession.

Marks will serve his suspension without pay on Tuesday, as the team plays Game 5 of the first-round series in Philadelphia.