Jimmy Butler and Miami Heat each fined $21,000 for obscene gesture


The NBA fined Miami’s Jimmy Butler $21,000 for making what it described as a lewd gesture in the team’s decisive win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.

The Heat were also fined $21,000 for turning a video of the gesture into a social media post.

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Butler did not play in Tuesday’s 97-94 victory, watching the game from the bench due to knee pain.

He made the move seconds after Max Strus connected on a second straight 3-pointer, part of a 10-0 run by Strus and a 17-0 run by the Heat that put them ahead game for good.

The social media post has since been deleted from the team’s account.

It is Butler’s third known fine this season, totaling $98,000. He was fined $42,000 for his involvement in an incident during a Denver-Miami game in November and $35,000 for violating league rules governing access to media interviews during of the All-Star Game in February.

Miami next plays Tuesday (AEST) in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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