Pacers sharpshooter Buddy Hield landed himself in some hot water with the NBA, picking up a fine for making an obscene gesture at the start of the second quarter of Monday night’s 115–109 loss against the Hornets.
Hield, who could be seen sticking up his middle finger near his nose while on the bench against Charlotte, will have to fork over $25,000 as a result of his actions.
The fine was announced on Wednesday by Joe Dumars, the NBA’s executive vice president and head of basketball operations.
Unfortunately for Indiana’s shooting guard, the antics were caught on camera, resulting in the sizable fine.
The Pacers lost the game despite jumping out to a 40–22 lead after the first quarter. It was early into the second quarter (11:30 remaining) when Hield was caught flipping the bird.
The 30-year-old scored 20 points in the defeat, shooting 7-of-18 from the field and 4-of-12 from three-point range. He added four rebounds and an assist across 32 minutes.
In addition to a disappointing loss for the Pacers, Hield will have the fine tacked on, adding insult to injury.