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LeBron James fined $15,000 by NBA for obscene gesture

/ 10:36 AM November 27, 2021
Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates his go ahead basket in the overtime against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. /Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates his go ahead basket in the overtime against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during a game and was also warned for using profane language during a media availability, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Friday.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ overtime win against Indiana on Wednesday James made a deep three point shot and then performed a celebration colloquially known in NBA circles as the “Big Balls Dance.”

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As the four-times NBA Most Valuable Player, who was making his return from a one-game suspension, made his way back down the court he gestured with a hand below his groin in a cupping motion while bouncing from foot to foot.

The warning for using profane language stems from a post-game media availability on Sunday when James was discussing a one-game suspension he received for hitting Detroit Pistons centre Isaiah Stewart in the face.

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James was suspended for what the NBA called “recklessly hitting” Stewart, who had blood streaming down his face, but later said the hit was accidental.

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