Heat's Butler, Pacers' Warren fined for altercation
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 11, 2020 07:04 AM
Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren, center, defends Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Warren was called for his second technical foul latter in the play. The Heat won 122-108. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
NEW YORK (AP) — Miami's Jimmy Butler was fined $35,000 and Indiana's T.J. Warren $25,000 by the NBA on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), two days after their altercation in the Heat's victory in Indianapolis.
The NBA noted that Butler escalated the situation on social media after the game. Warren made an obscene gesture after his ejection.
Warren grabbed Butler by the left arm and spun him around as Butler went for a potential layup with 6:29 remaining in the third quarter. They chest-bumped and were separated by referees. Both players received technical fouls.
Seven seconds later, Butler was called for an offensive foul for putting his shoulder into Warren's chest. It was upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 1 upon league review. Warren was ejected after getting his second technical foul for taunting after applauding the call.
As Warren left the court, Butler blew kisses in his direction.