The NBA doled out fines for Wednesday’s altercation between the Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets.
Mavericks forward James Johnson, who both initiated and escalated the incident, received a $40,000 fine for following his shove of Hornets forward Cody Martin with a headbutt. Martin earned a $25,000 fine “for pushing Johnson in retaliation and making contact with a game official” during the ensuing commotion.
Hornets forward Caleb Martin was fined $20,000 for coming to his twin brother’s defense and “entering the altercation,” per the NBA. He too made contact with an official in the aftermath of the initial shoving match.
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The incident occurred with 2:40 left in Charlotte’s 118-99 blowout of Dallas. In the moment, both Johnson and Cody Martin were issued technical fouls and ejected from the game — garbage time personified.
It is probably best the altercation did not escalate beyond the headbutt. The son of a seven-time world kickboxing champion father and five-time national kickboxing champion mother, Johnson has a second-degree black belt and is undefeated in seven mixed martial arts fights and 21 kickboxing competitions.
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