Gerald Green Fined $25,000 for ‘Menacing Gestures’ vs. Washington Wizards

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Some ill-advised gestures by the Miami Heat’s Gerald Green during Wednesday night’s preseason victory over the Washington Wizards resulted in the new arrival being assessed a $25,000 fine by the NBA on Friday.

The penalty was in response to reactions by Green during his torrid fourth quarter that helped the Heat charge back to a 110-105 victory. After he connected on a pair of three-pointers, each of the baskets saw Green attempting to imitate shooting off a gun and then punctuating it with a throat-slashing gesture.

CJ Fogler of The Cauldron offered a tweet that captured Green’s actions during the contest:

Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra made a brief comment about the fine, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel:

During that quarter, Green scored 11 of his game-high 28 points. The 29-year-old was signed as a free agent by the Heat last July.

The fact that the fine came in a game against the Wizards added an ironic twist to the entire scenario. That’s because prior to May 1997, the Wizards had been known as the Bullets. Then-owner Abe Pollin indicated at the time that the name change was in response to the increased level of gun violence in the Washington D.C. area.
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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.