Jason Richardson from Golden State Warriors was fined $35,000 by the NBA for having improper interaction with a fan during a playoff game in Dallas recently.
Richardson was seen having a heated argument with the fan after he missed a shot and fell out of bounds with just 21.9 seconds left in Game 5 in the first round series. The Warriors lost the game 118-112.
The fan ended up filing a complaint with the NBA security and said that he tried to help Richardson get up after he fell out of bounds. It was then that Richardson, according to the fan, swore at him and hit him.
The fan, Crockett Gambrel, said that he was star struck after an NBA player fell on him but he thought Richardson was out of line for his behavior towards him.
Before the NBA could fine Richardson, he spoke to the media about the incident. Richardson said that he does not remember what had happened because it was a tense moment in the game. He further added that he was not worried about the incident when it happened because he was trying to get back into the court. Richardson felt that neither other spectators or the fan in question also knew what had happened exactly.
Richardson did not comment on whether the fine imposed on him just before the start of Game 6 was fair. Coach Don Nelson said that he would not question the NBA’s decision to fine Richardson.
In this series, Richardson is the second Warriors player to be fined. Earlier in Game 2 Stephen Jackson was fined $50,000 for his outburst which led to his ejection from the game. Jackson was ejected again from Game 5 but he was not punished by the league. Instead, coach Nelson imposed a fine on him.