Washington players fined by NBA for playing in alumni game

Tony Wroten

Tony Wroten was one of several University of Washington alumni to be fined for playing in an unsanctioned game.

Remember how fans and pundits are always ragging on the NCAA for its seemingly never-ending supply of silly suspensions and outdated applications of rules?

Well, the NBA gave us a great thing to shake our heads at on Wednesday. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, participation in a University of Washington alumni basketball game has cost several former Huskies stars $15,000 each.

The alumni game, organized by current University of Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, took place on June 23. However, the league’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that “players can’t play in public offseason games prior to July 1 or after Sept. 15 without league approval.”

With the rules in the NBA’s favor, Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes, Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas and a pair of Memphis Grizzlies guards, Quincy Pondexter and Tony Wroten, were all subject to the aforementioned fine after enjoying an afternoon at Seattle’s Alaska Airlines Arena.

Two other NBA players, Raptors guard Terrence Ross and free agent Nate Robinson, were also at the game. However, Wojnarowski stated that is was not yet known whether they would be subject to the same fine.

[H/T: SB Nation]

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