The NBA is clamping down on players interacting with fans during games. The league has announced that Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard has received a $25,000 fine from the NBA for directing an obscene gesture toward a fan in Charlotte’s 112-94 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
This isn’t the first. Back in October, the league also fined Phoenix Suns rookie Josh Jackson $35,000 for a similar offense. Jackson was found guilty of using inappropriate language toward a fan as well as making an obscene gesture.
Howard is putting up decent numbers and his outburst came during what is a pretty productive first season with the Hornets. As of now, he’s averaging 14.6 points, 13.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.
According to NBA.com, with Howard on the court, Charlotte has a plus-9.7 net rating, compared to a minus-14.2 net rating when he’s on the bench.