The NBA has made it clear: don’t slap a cell phone away from a fan no matter how funny it may be.
Rodney Hood found that out the hard way on Friday, as he was suspended $35,000 for slapping away the phone of a fan after he was ejected on Wednesday night. Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the fine.
Hood was ejected for arguing with an official on Wednesday in a game against the Washington Wizards. The Jazz guard then took his anger out on a fan, slapping away a fan’s phone as they appeared to film him as he walked off the court.
Because I find it endlessly funny despite the fact that it’s wrong, here is the incident once more.