On Thursday, Cleveland Cavaliers Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Kiki Vandeweghe announced that centre Tristan Thompson would be fined $15,000 USD for “Inappropriate gestures towards a fan”. It was reported that he pointed his middle finger at a fan in the crowd during the Cavaliers game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.
The incident occurred at the end of the game, after shooting guard Alec Burke’s hit a game winning shot for Cleveland to hand the Nets their seventh straight loss.
There was no word on any suspension regarding the incident, but further information regarding suspensions should probably come out on the weekend. Thompson’s incident will be re-evaluated Friday, when the NBA will discuss any further fines/suspensions.
Tristan Thompson is currently in his eighth season for Cleveland at the age of 23. Thompson is averaging 11.8 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, while shooting 58.5% from the field.
He’s playing an important role for the Cavaliers, as head coach Larry Drew is playing Thompson over 30 minutes a night. He will be really missed by the Cavaliers should he miss a game. The struggling Cavaliers without LeBron James are carrying a record of 5-19, the third worst record in the Eastern Conference.