Artest fined $20,000 for gesture at fans


April 04, 2003|By BLOOMBERG NEWS

Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest was fined $20,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture to fans in Cleveland Wednesday night.

The incident occurred with 7:27 left in the fourth quarter of Indiana's 103-82 win as Cleveland's Jumaine Jones was leaving the court following his ejection after a technical foul.

Artest, who said he was struck by a coin thrown onto the court, extended both of his middle fingers and waved them at the crowd at Gund Arena.

Earlier in the game, Artest had been called for a technical foul. He started to protest the call and pushed teammates out of the way as they tried to calm him down.

Artest has been suspended five times by the league and the Pacers this season, missing a total of 12 games, for flagrant fouls and other infractions.

In one incident, he received a three-game suspension and was fined $35,000 for smashing a television camera after a January loss in New York.

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