Mark Cuban Hit With Gigantic Fine for Battling Refs in Mavericks' Loss to Hawks

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is not afraid to let NBA referees or the league itself know exactly what he is thinking at any given moment in time, and that mindset has cost him financially once again.

Cuban was fined $500,000 for his attacks on referees both in person after a Mavericks loss and on Twitter. In addition, his request to have the final seconds of a February 22 loss to the Atlanta Hawks replayed was denied.

Cuban filed a protest after Dallas' loss to Trae Young and the Hawks, as he claims the refs awarded Atlanta center John Collins a basket via goaltending that should not have counted if the rules were properly applied.

The league was unmoved by his appeals.

Not only did NBA Commissioner Adam Silver claim that the rules were properly enforced and the Collins basket was correctly counted, but he criticized Cuban, who often sits courtside, for coming onto the floor to argue with the officials.

This is not Cuban's first behavior-related fine, and it likely won't be his last.

Cuban might have lost his protest battle and suffered a minor ding to the wallet, but Cuban is worth $4.3 billion, so he probably isn't losing sleep over it.