LeBron James: Los Angeles Lakers forward fined $15,000 for ‘obscene gesture’ celebration

The National Basketball Association said in a statement on Friday that the $15,000 penalty had been handed to James for “making an obscene gesture on the court.”

“The incident occurred with 1:17 remaining in the final quarter of the Lakers’ 124-116 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at Ginbridge Fieldhouse,” the NBA statement said.

James made the gesture enthusiastically after making a deep three-point shot while mimicking a celebration popularized by former NBA star Sam Cassel when he was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The NBA has fined players between $15,000 and $25,000 for performing the routine.

Byron Spruell, the NBA’s chief of league operations, said James was also cautioned for using “vulgar language while the media was available in response to league-imposed discipline.”

Last weekend, James was fired after he called Detroit Pistons player Isaiah Stewart in the face. That melee provoked a confrontational reaction from Stewart and a scuffle on the field.

Stewart was later given a two-game ban by the NBA for “escalating” the situation and pursuing James “frequently and aggressively”, who himself received a one-game ban for the first time in his 19-year NBA career “recklessly” hitting “the Pistons center in the face.

After Wednesday’s win over the Pacers, James said his one-game suspension was “some bulls**t.” *t. “


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