(Warning: This post contains references/links to profanity.)
On a team full of outspoken players, Kelly Oubre fits right in.
John Wall has never shied away from speaking his mind, and Marcin Gortat has always been a vocal defender of himself (and his teammates) (and “your momma” jokes) on Twitter, and Bradley Beal is coming into his own as a hot-take machine, and Markieff Morris is soft-spoken but a lightning rod in his own way.
Enter Oubre, the chic, baby-faced fashion icon of the team. He’s more phenomenon than athlete; his hashtag of choice is #Shhh, he goes by the pseudonym Wave Papi, and you’ll see more pictures of him modeling than you will of him playing basketball on his social media accounts.
You’ll frequently spot him wearing Givenchy sweatshirts, which retail for somewhere in the ballpark of $1,000 apiece, and while he’s still only on the third year of his rookie contract, he’s making upwards of $2 million per year, so he can afford it.
But at the rate he’s picking up fines, Oubre might have to slow down on his high-dollar purchases. He’s already been fined more than $60,000 over the course of his career, according to Spotrac, including $15,000 already this season for leaving the bench during the Warriors-Wizards brawl, and he could be looking at another fine this week.
The reason: This coat he wore to the Warriors-Cavaliers game Friday night.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the NBA will be reviewing the coat and decide whether or not to fine Oubre for his decision to not only wear it to the stadium — a reminder that this is his job and the stadium is his office — but to flaunt it to the media anticipating the players’ arrival.
Asked about the possible fine after the game, Oubre deflected, saying he was only worried about the game.
In other words, Oubre basically said Shhh.