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Cats guard cops NBL fine
Cats guard cops NBL fine

Perth Wildcats co-captain Brad Robbins has been fined for his role in a minor scuffle during last Friday’s loss to Adelaide.

Robbins was unimpressed with Daniel Johnson’s push on Jesse Wagstaff under the basket during the third quarter of the 69-65 defeat at Perth Arena and fronted the Adelaide big man to express his disapproval.

Robbins made contact with Johnson, but his actions have come at a cost, with the NBL today fining him $500 for “unnecessarily joining in an on-court altercation”.

It was one of several fines and warnings handed out by the league today, with Sydney’s Ian Crosswhite and Melbourne’s Lucas Walker find $500 for the same offence during their clash at Hisense Arena.

Kings guard Ben Madgen was fined $500 for “unacceptable contact” to Tigers import Seth Scott, while Scott pleaded guilty to a striking charge and was fined $500.

Scott was also handed a suspended one-game ban that will hang over his head until March 24 next year.

Tigers court announcer Wayne Peterson received a suspended $500 fine for breaching NBL rules for court announcers during the Scott-Madgen incident.

It is not the first time Peterson’s actions have attracted attention from league officials.

Kings coach Shane Heal was warned about leaving the designated bench area during the on-court scuffle.

In an incident-packed game, Sydney player Aaron Bruce was warned by the league for “significantly exaggerating contact” by Melbourne’s Chris Goulding.

“The NBL has a strong reputation as a family-friendly sport, and the type of incidents that occurred on the weekend has the potential to damage that reputation,” NBL general manager Chuck Harmison said.

“We simply cannot allow the hot-headed actions of a few individuals to do that.

“We won’t tolerate players flopping in games, nor will we accept players being the ‘second-man in’ once an altercation has started. We will also hold our coaches and officials accountable under the rules of the game.

“The NBL has a responsibility as the role model for domestic basketball in Australia and we won’t tolerate actions in our matches that would be unacceptable for the hundreds of thousands of juniors playing the sport in our country.”