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By: Team Red Zone 4 months ago

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, 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.

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