Tony Allen is a veteran, he had to know a fine was coming as soon as he did this.
The league cannot have its players randomly hitting cameramen on the sidelines. Doesn’t matter if nobody was hurt, or that Allen apologized, or that the cameraman in question, Bo Bradley, says he was fine and it’s no big deal. It sets a bad precedent. The league announced it had fined Allen on Monday.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been fined $15,000 for intentionally striking a camera on the baseline during the Grizzlies’ 93-81 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, Nov. 3, at FedEx Forum, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.
At the time Allen was clearly frustrated with a call after he had rotated over to help on Omer Asik. Allen walked over to the baseline, then slapped Bradley’s camera.
The league just couldn’t let that go unpunished.