Reggie Jackson fined $25,000 by NBA for profane remark to fan
Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for “directing inappropriate language toward a fan” during a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder last week, per an announcement on the league’s website Tuesday from Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
Jackson was making his way to the bench when he appeared to react unkindly to a comment directed at him by a heckler during Friday’s game at Chesapeake Energy Arena while facing his former team.
When asked about the footage after Detroit’s 87-83 loss Sunday to the Brooklyn Nets, Jackson was reluctant to discuss it at length.
“Probably, I don’t necessarily know what you are talking about much,” he replied to an inquiry about the incident, via the Detroit Free Press.
When it was suggested that something had to be said to provoke such a response and how fans attempt to get under players’ skins with their taunts, Jackson again refused to discuss what occurred specifically, but did address the issue with fan conduct.
“Not get under skin, fans say some off-the-wall stuff,” he said. “It’s crazy how we’re treated. They get to talk to how ever they want. It’s reckless. I wish somebody would say something like they talk to us on the court, off the court. It’s out of control. You wouldn’t talk to anybody like that off the court. They feel protected in the stands. Some fans need to be tossed.”
He added fan behavior at times can be “reckless,” adding, “half the time we feel like a caged animal and they can say whatever they want to you.”
While that’s not necessarily the case, to react to the “reckless” conduct clearly can result in league punishment … to the tune of $25,000, in Jackson’s case.