Jimmy Butler fined $15,000 for sideline gesture, Heat fined $15,000 for posting it on social media

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) in the first half of an NBA playoff basketball game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

MIAMI – The NBA didn’t care for Jimmy Butler’s celebration after a Max Strus jumper during Game 5 of Miami’s first round series against the Atlanta Hawks.

The league fined Butler $15,000 for what it called an “obscene gesture.”

The league also fined the Heat organization $15,000 for posting the act on social media.

Butler was sidelined with a sore knee and did not play in the closeout game against the Hawks.

The Heat will host either Toronto or Philadelphia in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Game 1 will be Monday at FTX Arena.


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David Lang is executive producer of the Local 10 sports department.