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Dwight Howard fined $25,000 for flipping ball at heckler

Nov 21, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

We told you this morning a fine was likely coming for this — the league gets very protective of the fans in the high-priced seats.

While the Dallas Mavericks were making their fourth quarter comeback Wednesday night, a frustrated Dwight Howard tossed the ball at a fan heckling him. It wasn’t thrown, nobody got hurt, but you knew the second it happened the league was not going to be okay with this.

Thursday Howard got a $25,000 fine from the league for “throwing the ball into the stands.”

Howard is now kind of the new big name star everyone can’t stand after his handling of leaving Orlando then Los Angeles (he takes over that mantle from LeBron James, who took it over from Kobe Bryant). Even Vince Carter is piling on. He is going to get heckled and harassed everywhere and he is going to have to both mature and develop a very thick skin or this will start to bleed over into his game. This incident clearly got to him, at least a little.

And it cost him 25 large.

  1. losanginsight - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Hope he’s having fun!

  2. trbowman - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    That fan is a loser

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Best post ever except you fail to fault the big man for letting some punk loser get to him.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      God dammit: I thumbs downed your on the money post. Excuse me.

    • stadix093 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Well technically since he’s a Mavs fan, he left a winner. Dwight walked out of that building the loser that night.

  3. jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Oh my God: Howard could have killed that loser! And then, the loser swats it right back at him with tremendous force. Yeah, right. Still, Dwight is sort of a big crybaby for letting some loser get to him. He should remember he could crush that loser like an ant, so no biggie.

    • bendover09 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Looks to me like the fan was right .. he called him a princess and he acts like one . Butt-hurt Rocket fans

  4. chargerdillon - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Players get paid millions of dollars to act like…(wait for it)…….PROFESSIONALS!

    That’s the key underlying difference in any arguement to be made here. Dwight Howard is absolutlely supposed to be held to a higher standard.

    Count how many times a season this type of thing actually happens. Very few. Point being there’s very few NBA players who act as unprofessional as Dwight Howard.

    Happy he’s not a Laker.

  5. kinggw - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    That was it? I had read several headlines on a few other sports websites that intimated that Howard got upset and threw the ball at the fan in a rage. Howard barely acknowledged the guy and tossed the ball in his direction.

    Oh well, I guess you don’t get a bunch of clicks unless you have a sensationalized headline.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    And yet they call Glen Davis “Big Baby”.

  7. legend30 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Dwight is a pussycat.

  8. davidly - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    In Howard’s defense, he thought it was flopping that’s get you fined, not flipping.

  9. belleby123 - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Next up on Dwight’s agenda: getting David Stern fired.

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