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Marco Belinelli fined $15K for ‘obscene gesture’ made in celebration during Game 7 win over Nets (VIDEO)

May 6, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

Marco Belinelli has been fined $15,000 for “making an obscene gesture” during the Bulls’ Game 7 win over the Nets, the league announced on Monday via official release.

The offending incident occurred with 4:52 left in the game, and can be seen in the video clip above.

For those newer fans of the game, Belinelli was recreating the “big balls” celebration that Sam Cassell made famous during his playing days. The league began to frown upon the expression at least as far back as 2011, when Eddie House was fined $25,000 for breaking it out while playing for the Miami Heat.

What would be nice is if the fines for flopping — you know, something that can negatively affect the actual game itself — were just as steep.

Just for fun, here’s Kobe Bryant doing it back in 2009 against the Spurs.

  1. livingsacrifice86 - May 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I saw him do it…and it was awesome haha

  2. erckle31 - May 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Worth it.

  3. 91devinhester23 - May 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    best celebration ever. Laughed my ass off when I saw it live

  4. dannymac17 - May 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    To be fair, the person who really made it famous was the asian guy doing it to Pedro Serrano in Major League.

    Yes, a major league reference i can actually use.

  5. lmoneyfresh - May 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Kudos to him for being able to play basketball at a high level with the giant stones he broke out that night.

  6. joegalvan02 - May 6, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    kids these days are probably too young to remember the Pedro Cerrano ‘marbles’ celebration that Sam Cassell was paying tribute to.

  7. stephenolszewski - May 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I think this video needs the AC/DC song big balls playing while he’s doing this

  8. tmancs4life - May 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    That shows how much the League treats Superstars differently. Kobe did it before in 2009 and hasn’t been fined…SMH

  9. money2long - May 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    thibs is making alotta guys look good. he’s making some of you bulls players some money ! thank him in your next contract

  10. gmsingh - May 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    One and half minutes of spam for 34 seconds of video? Can you see *my* obscene gesture?

  11. 00maltliquor - May 7, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    There should not be a fine, and so heavy, for all that awesomeness! Booooooo Stern. Booooooooooooooooo!!! I really hate that guy.

  12. hojo20 - May 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I’m not sure what was so offensive. It was fitting for the moment. Big 3 pointer to extend the lead in a Game 7 on the road.

  13. yuwannano - May 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Hilarious? Yes. Obscene? No!

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