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Matt Birk wins appeal of $5,000 fine
"I understand the rules," Birk said after being fined. "It's clear now. The center is miked up for games. I've worn a microphone before. When I went out for warmups, the microphone came loose and was jabbing my neck. It was tucked in there pretty tight. I couldn't get it, so I just took it off. I didn't know I wasn't supposed to do that."
Birk said it was hard to say if any competitive advantage could be gained from teams listening to what a center says.
"I don't know," Birk said. "I've never tried to listen to another teams' calls. A lot of the calls are the same. The coaches move all around, a lot of the calls are the same. I think it's just a misunderstanding. I've never been fined for taking a microphone off. It's a new thing this year with the new CBA. I'm not going to get up here on my soapbox.
"It's a misunderstanding. It's not like I ripped it off because I just didn't want to wear it. I'll appeal it and wait for the final verdict. I will tell them I have my sixth kid on the way. I need all my money for diapers and Cheerios."
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