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Julius Randle Receives Punishment For What He Said To Knicks Fans

Julius Randle reacts on the court.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 06: Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks celebrates a basket against the Boston Celtics during their game at Madison Square Garden on January 06, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It wasn't Julius Randle's performance on Thursday night but his postgame press conference that turned a lot of heads.

During the fourth quarter of the Celtics-Knicks game, Randle made a thumbs-down gesture to the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Following the win, he told reporters that his gesture meant "Shut the f--k up."

Randle's comments came after he already called out his critics earlier in the week.

“I really don’t give a f— what anybody has to say, to be honest,” Randle said, via ESPN. “I’m out there playing. Nobody knows the game out there better than I do, compared to what everybody has to say. So I really don’t give a s—. I just go out there and play.”

On Saturday, the NBA announced Randle's punishment for his actions. He has been fined $25,000 for using "profane language" during media interviews.

"New York Knicks forward Julius Randle has been fined $25,000 for the egregious use of profane language during media interviews, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations," the NBA said in a statement. "Randle made his comments to the media on two separate occasions -- after a Jan. 5 practice and postgame following the Knicks' 108-105 victory over the Boston Celtics on Jan. 6 at Madison Square Garden."

The Knicks will be back in action this Saturday night against the Celtics.

Randle will probably avoid using any foul terms during his postgame press conference.