NBA star LeBron James is having a tough week and if he isn’t careful will go from hero to villain for what remains of his fading fan base. First, LeBron couldn’t handle being heckled by fans sitting courtside and took the extraordinary step of having the young fans ejected from the game.
He was called LeSnitch on social media for it while others just called him a snowflake. But then it got worse for the NBA’s newest villain, LeBron also got a huge fine from the NBA for making an obscene gesture.
He was fined $15,000 for making the ‘big balls’ gesture and also got a warning over using profane language. James made the gesture after making a shot late in Los Angeles’ 124-116 overtime victory in Indiana. (See video Below)
The NBA posted a statement to Twitter saying James, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, was fined for making the gesture while on the court and “warned for using profane language during media availability in response to league imposed discipline.”
“The incident occurred with 1:17 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 124-116 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse,” the statement said.
“I mean, it’s some bulls**t,” James said. “But whatever.”
Not even LeBron James is immune from a Sam Cassell celebration fine.
The NBA fined James $15,000 for making an “obscene gesture” during the Los Angeles Lakers’ overtime win against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, the league announced Friday.
James drilled a big 3-pointer in overtime to lead the Lakers to the 124-116 win, and hit Sam Cassell’s iconic “Big Balls” celebration as he made his way down the court.
The NBA has been fining players for that celebration — which has become incredibly popular in the NBA and across sports — very strictly for nearly a decade.
Toronto Raptors star Fred VanVleet was fined for hitting the move in front of Cassell earlier this month.
James dropped a season-high 39 points in Indianapolis, which marked his first game back from his one-game suspension after an altercation with Pistons center Isaiah Stewart. James also had a pair of Pacers fans ejected from the contest in overtime, as they allegedly were using “obscene” language and gestures at their courtside seats.
The following was released by the NBA pic.twitter.com/zdlvoJQUs3— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) November 27, 2021