The NBA announced on Tuesday that Phoenix rookie forward Josh Jackson will receive a fine of $35,000 for what the league calls a “menacing gesture” during the Suns’ 130-88 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Josh Jackson fined $35,000, the NBA announced: pic.twitter.com/dgxjVkzhPP— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) October 24, 2017
The incident occurred with just over six minutes remaining in the game. Jackson fouled out of the contest with 12 points on 3 of 10 shooting and 4 steals. Here’s the gesture:
After game Jackson spoke with azcentral.com and made a good effort at explaining away the incident.
"That's what most people thought I was (doing), but I actually wasn't making a gun," Jackson said. "I kind of wanted to put up the middle finger to him, but I didn't do that because I felt like I was really being watched so I kind of halfway did it."
Nobody really bought that. Jackson states that the fan he directed the gesture towards had been heckling him through the game.
"He called me a few names as I was coming out of the game so that's what really set me off," Jackson said. "But it had been going on from the same guy the entire game. Fans can come and sit so close and say whatever they want to say and us as players can't react in any type of way. It's something I'm still learning."
Through four games Jackson is averaging 12.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 27 minutes. Phoenix hosts the Utah Jazz tomorrow at 7pm PT.