LOS ANGELES, USA – New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture towards a fan, the NBA confirmed on Thursday, April 4 (Friday, April 5, Manila time).
Davis was sanctioned after being filmed raising a finger towards someone in the crowd after the Pelicans' 115-109 home defeat to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
Davis later said on social media he had reacted to verbal abuse from a spectator.
"Never disrespected the city and never will," Davis wrote on Instagram.
"But of course, they not gonna show what the fan said."
Davis has struggled through a difficult season with New Orleans, submitting a request to be traded in January which also led to a $50,000 fine.
A hoped-for move to the Los Angeles Lakers later collapsed after the Pelicans demands prompted the Lakers to end negotiations.
His exchange with a fan is one of several incidents involving players and spectators this season.