A few people pay a lot of money to sit near an NBA court so they can heckle opposing players. It happens almost every game. They do it because… you’d have to ask them. Occasionally its physical plays or fouls on the court and everyone’s emotions are up, but most of the time it is just a guy barking (it all seems a little Napoleon Complex to me). More times than not those hecklers (or their compatriots) are videoing the moment, hoping to get a response.
Usually, players ignore it. However, the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell had enough of it Monday night in Minnesota and fired back at a fan, telling him to “shut the f*** up.” The video is below, but if this kind of NSFW language offends you then don’t play it.
That earned him a $25,000 fine from the league for “directing inappropriate language toward a fan.” Which he did, and the NBA understandably does not want its players cussing out fans.
Harrell has a little history of this — back in December, when leaving the court, he got baited into going up some stairs to yell at a fan — but this is his first fine for it.
Harrell is having a standout season for the Clippers, averaging 15.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game, bringing an energy that has him in the Sixth Man of the Year conversation.