The NBA fined LeBron James $15,000 for an obscene gesture and warned the Lakers superstar about using vulgar language.
James made the gesture after scoring a late shot in Los Angeles’ 124-116 overtime victory over Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
“Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture on the playing court and warned for using profane language during media availability in response to league-imposed discipline, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations,” the NBA announced.
After receiving his first-ever suspension earlier this week for his on-court altercation with the Detroit Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart, the Lakers star was also warned against using vulgar language in the media. James termed the one-game punishment “bull—” during a press conference, reported People.
The incident started when James elbowed Stewart, 20, above the eye when they were both anticipating a rebound off the free-throw line during Sunday’s game. When James noticed he had struck the player, who was bleeding near the eyebrow, he apologized. Soon after, Stewart shoved James before the court was flooded with teammates and staff members, pulling them away from each other.
Stewart was given a two-day penalty for aggravating the situation.
The one-game penalty for James was the first suspension and only his second ejection from a game in his 18-year career. In addition, both players were placed on suspension without pay.
Also, Friday, Portland’s Robert Covington was fined $15,000 by the NBA for tossing his facemask at a referee on Wednesday. With 49 seconds left in the second quarter of the Trail Blazers’ 125-121 loss in Sacramento, he was issued a technical foul and dismissed for his actions, reported NY Post.