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NBA suspends former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown for bumping ref

Mike Brown suspended for Monday's game against Philly Mike Brown suspended for Monday's game against Philly

The NBA suspended former Cavaliers and current Lakers head coach Mike Brown for Monday's game against Philadelphia. The league also announced Brown has been fined $25,000.

Brown completely lost his mind during an argument with referee Zach Zarba, earning himself an immediate ejection on Saturday night.

The Los Angeles Times reports the details of Brown's meltdown and his comments after the incident.

Brown was upset after watching Utah guard Earl Watson mug Pau Gasol for a steal that led to a dunk by Derrick Favors with 8 minutes 35 seconds left in the game. The Lakers coach bounded onto the court and received two technical fouls, resulting in his first ejection of the season.

Brown said he apologized to his team but did not think his actions resulted in the defeat.

"I shouldn't have done what I did because it put our team in a deeper hole than it was in," Brown said. "It's not good to do that. It's not setting a good example or setting the right tone for our team."

Lakers assistant John Kuester and forwards Matt Barnes and Metta World Peace had to restrain Brown during his argument with Zarba. Brown told the Times that he wasn't sure whether he had made contact with Zarba during the fracas. 

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