CBA warns Francis over indecent gesture

Agence France-Presse

BEIJING - The Chinese Basketball Association issued a warning Tuesday to former NBA star Steve Francis over an indecent gesture the embattled guard made at a recent match with his new team, the Beijing Ducks.

Francis was given a "serious warning" for waving his middle finger as he sat on the bench during Beijing's 80-78 win over reigning league champions Guangdong Tigers on Sunday, the CBA said in a statement on its website.

The CBA also ordered the Beijing team to "educate and criticize" the 33-year-old former Houston Rocket for his "uncivilised behavior," it said.

Francis reportedly signed an 800,000-dollar contract to play with Beijing for the 32-game season, but so far he has failed to shine.

The country's sporting press has said he is out of shape and lacking the explosiveness that made him a three-time NBA All-Star.

After missing Beijing's first game, Francis played only 17 seconds in his maiden CBA outing, just under four minutes in his second game and about six minutes in Sunday's game.

In his three games, the point guard has scored just two points, committed four turnovers and had two of his shots blocked.

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