Taj Gibson catches break fined $25,000 after flipping off referee, avoids suspension

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Taj Gibson got lucky.

He has somehow avoided a suspension and has been fined “just” $25,000 for “aggressively pursuing and directing an obscene gesture” — read: flipping off — a referee after a foul was called on him in the Utah game Friday night. The league announced the fine Saturday.

Gibson charged a referee then flipped him off, and walked away with the same fine Andre Iguodala got for throwing a ball into the stands. And you wonder why referees don’t think the league has their back.

Gibson has every right to be mad about the call, but he crossed the line with his reaction.