NBA fines Bullets' Howard $5,000 for obscene gesture Forward's infraction came after ejection vs. Hornets

February 28, 1996|By Jerry Bembry

An ejection from a game last week proved costly yesterday for Washington Bullets forward Juwan Howard, who was fined $5,000 by the league for making an obscene gesture as he was leaving the court.

It was the second fine of the season leveled against Howard, who was docked $12,000 and suspended for one game for fighting with then-Miami Heat guard Bimbo Coles on Jan. 17.

"I'll abide by the rules," Howard said before last night's game in Salt Lake City. He declined to comment further.

The recent fine resulted from an incident that began after Howard fouled out of Friday night's loss to Charlotte after being called for his second offensive foul. An upset Howard knocked over a microphone and kicked a water cooler as he walked toward the bench. That earned him an ejection, and while leaving the court Howard made an obscene gesture.

Howard was automatically fined $1,000 for the ejection. The additional $5,000 fine was imposed by Rod Thorn, the NBA senior vice president of operations.

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