- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Shaquille O'Neal has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his public comments about the officiating.

O'Neal criticized the referees following the Boston Celtics’ 86-78 loss at Orlando on Christmas. He was angry after picking up his sixth foul when Magic center Dwight Howard fell to the ground as they were wrestling for position.

O'Neal said: “I just wonder why I’ve never gotten that call in 20 years. Don’t pick and choose when you’re going to make the call. … That’s what happens when you’ve got control freaks.”

The NBA announced the fine on Monday.