Anthony Davis flips off fan, reportedly claims he was provoked
Anthony Davis sat out his fourth consecutive game Wednesday night due to what’s being reported as lower back spasms, and the superstar appears to have had an unfortunate exchange with a fan after the game.
Footage has surfaced showing Davis giving the middle finger to someone while making his way back to the locker room following the New Orleans Pelicans’ 115-109 home loss to the Charlotte Hornets at Smoothie King Center.
Anthony Davis is ready for the season to end pic.twitter.com/zng9L6cUoS— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 4, 2019
A screenshot was later shared on social media in which Davis argues in DMs that his actions were merited due to the conduct of the unruly fan.
Later, Andrew Lopez, Pelicans beat writer for The Times-Picayune, reported on the incident via Twitter. In essence, Davis was said to be provoked, as someone hurled an expletive at the star. NBA security reportedly has been made aware of the incident as well.
Re: Anthony Davis flipping off a fan.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) April 4, 2019
Talked to a few people about this. As AD indicated in his DM on Instagram, he was provoked before giving a fan the finger. NBA security is aware of the situation. Something along the lines of "F*** you, AD!" was yelled and AD responded.
Lopez goes on to report that Davis is likely to be reprimanded by the NBA for his actions, irrespective of whether or not he was provoked.
Davis will likely be reprimanded by the league for the incident. Would expect that to happen either this afternoon or some time tomorrow.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) April 4, 2019
It's not an AD vs. NOLA issue. He was high-fiving fans after he flipped off the fan. Just him reacting to what this particular fan said.
The end of the season could not come soon enough for both the Pelicans and Davis. Publicly making an in-season trade demand is rife with risk if a deal is not made, as was the case in this situation. The Pelicans were then left to pick up the pieces, which included putting Davis on a minutes reduction amid the fallout to protect his value.
Despite the Los Angeles Lakers engaging the Pelicans in deep discussions regarding a Davis trade ahead of the deadline, nothing obviously came to fruition. Subsequent reporting indicated the Pelicans had no inclination of trading Davis to the Lakers then and have no intent in doing so this coming offseason.
All in all, the entire Davis situation in New Orleans devolved into an utter mess. Davis and the Pelicans will undoubtedly part ways ahead of next season, which obviously is best for both parties.