Warriors' owner Joe Lacob fined $50,000 for comments about Ben Simmons

Sep 23, 2021

Warriors owner Joe Lacob was fined $50,000 on Wednesday for comments about Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons that were deemed by the NBA to be a violation of the league’s anti-tampering rule.

In an interview with The Chronicle on Tuesday, Lacob was asked about the Warriors’ potential interest in a “Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Philadelphia.” Though Lacob didn’t say Simmons’ name, his answer about a hypothetical trade scenario easily could be linked to Simmons.

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