Cavaliers’ Thompson fined for inappropriate gesture towards fan


Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson. (David Goldman/AP)

The NBA has fined Tristan Thompson $15,000 for making an inappropriate gesture towards a spectator, the league announced Thursday via a release.

The incident happened during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 99-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 3 at the Barclays Center. After successfully defending Spencer Dinwiddie’s last-second shot attempt, which would have won the game for Brooklyn, Thompson responded to a fan’s heckling by raising a single, specific finger towards him.

Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant was recently fined for a similar interaction with a fan.

The 2018-19 campaign has been a challenging year for the Cavaliers thus far, as their 5-19 record ranks third-worst in the Eastern Conference. Thompson and the rest of the Cavaliers play next on Dec. 7 at home against the Sacramento Kings.

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