Tuesday , Nov , 18 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq Fined $25K for Verbally Abusing Official

Shaquille O’Neal lost the argument, and now he’ll lose some cash as well.

The NBA fined the Suns center $25,000 on Monday for verbal abuse of an official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner after he was ejected in a 104-86 win over the Pistons in Phoenix on Sunday.

"Doesn’t matter to me," O’Neal said after the Suns’ 109-97 loss in Utah. "I’m not the one that can be controlled with fines, so that doesn’t matter to me."

The incident occurred with 5:19 left in the second period when Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey went in for a layup and O’Neal sent him crashing to the court chest-first. He received a Flagrant 2 foul and an automatic ejection.