Pelicans' Anthony Davis fined $15K for flipping off fan in Smoothie King Arena
The NBA has cracked down on fans heckling players, and Davis' relationship with New Orleans is strained
New Orleans Pelicans fans have not seemed to handle the Anthony Davis trade saga well. Davis, who requested a trade before the deadline in February, has been playing on and off all season as the Pelicans manage his workload. That's led to a lot of nights on the bench in a suit for Davis, much to the chagrin of the fan base in Smoothie King Arena.
On Wednesday after a home loss to the Hornets, video surfaced (which can be seen here) of Davis flipping a fan off as he walked off the court, further cementing his rocky relationship with the city. According to NOLA.com, a fan shouted "f--- you, AD," which led to the middle finger.
On Wednesday, as expected once the video surfaced, the NBA fined Davis fined $15,000 for directing an obscene gesture toward a fan.
If it comes out that the fan said something worse, that fan could end up at least suspended from Smoothie King Arena if they can be identified, as the NBA has been trying to crack down on fans heckling players. It's happened to two Jazz fans Westbrook and a Celtics fan DeMarcus Cousins. According to the Instagram account Pelicans Wave, Davis said in a DM that the fan "disrespected" him, and "said something [he] didn't like." Davis added that he "never disrespected the city and never will."
For Davis and the Pelicans, this season can't end soon enough. The team has been tanking since the deadline, and now finds itself slightly above the Grizzlies and Mavericks in the West. Its all but certain Davis will be dealt this offseason, although where to remains to be seen.
Davis seems to appreciate fans who have stuck with him, mind you. In the same video as the finger, he can be seen high-fiving fans on the way off the court.
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