New York – LeBron James was fined $15,000 for an obscene gesture Friday by the NBA, which also warned the Lakers star not to use vulgar language.
James made the move after a late shot in Los Angeles’ 124-116 overtime win in Indiana on Wednesday night.
He had missed a loss in New York the night before after being suspended for one game for hitting central Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart in the face and drawing blood last Sunday. He used profanity in his post-game interview after winning in Indiana when discussing the comment.
Also on Friday, the National Basketball Association fined Portland player Robert Covington $15,000 for throwing his face mask at the referee on Wednesday. He had a technical foul and was sent off for the action, with 49 seconds left in the second quarter of the Trail Blazers’ 125-121 loss in Sacramento.