LeBron James insists he will cover Dahntay Jones' $80 fine

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The NBA has been swamped in refereeing controversies for the past few weeks, but in the last few days it appears as though the groin area has never received so much coverage within the sport.

First of all, Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Dahntay Jones was handed a one-game suspension for his incident with the Toronto Raptors' Bismack Biyombo during game three of their Eastern Conference Finals matchup.

Over on the other coast, Draymond Green has escaped a suspension after appearing to punt Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the Western Conference Finals series.

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There are some differences between the two incidents, one of which is the $25,000 fine that Green has incurred compared to the $80.17 that Jones has had to part with.

That stems from the kind of contracts each man possesses. Green - the franchise leader for triple-doubles with the Warriors - earns a reported $16.4 million per season. The well-travelled, 35-year-old Jones however, will earn just $8,800 this season.

Jones' fine is equal to 1/110 of his 2015-16 salary, which was so low by comparison because he was signed on the final day of the regular season.

As a result, LeBron James has taken it upon himself to step up for his teammate and he told's Joe Vardon on Monday that he would "take care" of the fine, which, in fairness, is pocket change to the 18th richest celebrity in the world, according to

Although Jones might not agree with the NBA's recourse, the role player has come to accept it and move on.

"It is what it is, man," Jones told before the Cavs' shootaround Monday morning. "Can't get too upset about it. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is."

As part of the process, the league also interviewed the New Jersey-native to get a better understanding of what caused the incident to occur.

"They asked me what happened, and I explained what happened, and they told me it was a unanimous decision that I did it with intent, even though I didn't look," Jones told

"My teammates have all regarded it as just nonsense, but we won't let it distract us from what our overall goal is," Jones said. "We'll sweep this under the rug and just proceed as if it's a normal business day."

Of course, the fact that Green has escaped a ban spawns legitimate questions around the consistency of the league's decisions and more than anything, serves to frustrate Jones and the Cavaliers.

However, King James would not be drawn on the topic.

"I don't really have an opinion on it, and you didn't ask me my opinion on Dahntay's play, so I definitely won't give my opinion on Draymond's," James said.

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