LeBron James celebrated the Lakers’ win in Indiana last week with Sam Cassell’s “big balls dance,” but now the NBA is stealing some of that joy.
The league hit James with a $15,000 fine for grabbing his junk on the court, following the 124-116 overtime win.
The fine also included a warning against using profanity after James called his one-game suspension over an altercation with Pistons player Isaiah Stewart “bullsh*t” when talking to reporters.
Critics of James seemed pleased about the fine, though some expressed a desire for further repercussions.
But fans generally weren’t pressed about it, finding the whole thing somewhat ridiculous.
Earlier this month, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet was fined the same amount for the exact same gesture, prompting comments that at least the NBA was consistent about the matter.
However, this marks the latest in a string of controversies involving the Lakers star. At the same game, he had two fans thrown out for heckling him (unsubstantiated reports claim that they said they hoped his son died in a car crash) and prior to that, an allegedly accidental elbow to Isaiah Stewart’s face resulted in a brawl that saw both players ejected from the game.
Stewart has since been fined $950,000 for the fight.