The NBA fined Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during a game and warned him for using abusive language at a media availability on Friday
James scored a long three-point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ overtime triumph against Indiana on Wednesday, and then performed the “Big Balls Dance,” as it’s known in NBA circles.
LEBRON WILD FOR THIS CELEBRATION. 👑😂 pic.twitter.com/7Mz4dla95G
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) November 25, 2021
As the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player returned to the floor after serving a one-game suspension, he made a cupping motion with his hand below his groyne while bouncing from foot to foot.
The obscenity warning stems from James’ post-game media conference on Sunday when he was discussing his one-game ban for punching Detroit Pistons centre Isaiah Stewart in the face.
According to the NBA, James was suspended for “recklessly striking” Stewart, who had blood flowing down his face, according to the NBA, but subsequently claimed the strike was unintentional.