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Clippers' Austin Rivers fined $25K for verbal outburst toward fan

Clippers' Austin Rivers fined $25K for verbal outburst toward fan

Now, granted, any five minute stretch of Austin Rivers burn is likely to feature that exact sequence of events, but it does cut into his "he was talking shit about the team, not even me" explanation. The Clippers beat the Lakers 120-115, but Griffin is expected to miss at least eight weeks while recovering.

Rivers certainly didn't give the fan a reason to chirp him, as the 25-year-old scored a team-high 25 points. "He was talking sh** about the team, but he was cheering during the first half".

"He was being a fairweather a- fan", Rivers said, per ClutchPoints.com. And then the second half he was talking about Steve Ballmer and Doc and DJ and saying demeaning stuff to my other teammates [like], 'Austin and DJ, y'all need help.' I don't like that.

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As ESPN's Cari Champion often says, "Clippers gonna clip".

While Rivers is used to fans heckling him over the fact that his dad is the coach, this fan apparently wasn't angry about that. The incident came late in the fourth quarter, and saw Rivers walk over to a fan sitting courtside and bark several things at the fan, including the words "shut the (expletive) up".

"I didn't handle it the best way", Rivers said Saturday. No, probably not because I wouldn't want to get fined. "But, at the end, I was sticking up for my teammate".

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