After being fined for obscene gesture, Dwyane Wade asks NBA to improve on ways it protects players from fans

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Dwyane Wade was fined $15,000 this week for making an obscene gesture near the end of the third quarter against the Hornets in Charlotte, but it wasn’t of the Sam Cassell variety.

Wade was upset with some fans, so he gave them the finger as he walked off the court.

The fine is more symbolic than anything else, a way for the league to make it publicly known that it’s preferred that the players don’t behave this way. But Wade used the opportunity to lobby for additional protection for the players from overly-unruly fans.

From Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press:

Wade has asked the NBA to further improve the ways it protects players from the most unruly of fans, making that request during the league’s brief investigation of his incident with the crowd in Charlotte on Wednesday night.

“The NBA is an unbelievable league, and I’m one of the first ones to be doing NBA Cares and all these things in the community, but they need to protect us a little more,” Wade told The Associated Press. “They need to do a better job of protecting players in the arena. It’s open game on us. We’re big boys, we can take it, but everyone has their breaking point.” …

Wade said a number of fans were saying things about his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, and that the comments got progressively worse as the night went along. He lost his cool, approaching the group with the middle finger raised on one of his hands.

It’s tough to see what could actually be done in situations like this. Unless other fans around the ones making the offending remarks complain, or a player personally goes to security to ask that someone be removed, it seems like something that would be extremely difficult to police.

Personally, I like the Blake Griffin approach.