Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was slapped with a $15,000 fine for an “obscene gesture” and warned for swearing during a news conference by the NBA’s disciplinary officials on Friday.
“LeBron James has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture on the playing court and warned for using profane language during a media availability,” said league spokesman Byron Spruell in a news release.
This is the second time this week that the league has disciplined James for an on-court incident.
James was hit with a one-game suspension for a bloody altercation with Detroit Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart in a game last Sunday. It was the first suspension of James’s career.
The ban meant James missed the Lakers’ 106-100 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday.
He returned Wednesday to face the Indianapolis Pacers and scored 39 points in a 124-116 overtime win. Late in the fourth quarter, James drew the ire of league officials for making an obscene gesture after sinking a three-point basket that extended the Lakers lead to six points.
James slammed the one-game suspension after the Pacers game, describing the punishment to reporters as “some bull—-.”
The NBA issued a warning Friday to James against “using profane language during media availability.”
James also had a pair of fans ejected from the Pacers game in overtime, after they heckled him from their courtside seats.