Utah’s Rodney Hood fined $35,000 for slapping phone out of fans hand after ejection
It’s just the way of the world now — whenever a player enters/leaves the court, there are fans with their phones out videoing whatever happens.
After Rodney Hood was ejected from the Jazz’s road win over the Wizards — he must have said something “special” to Tony Brothers because there was no hesitation — he slapped the phone out of a fan’s hand as he went to the locker room.
Friday the league announced that cost Hood a $35,000 fine.
Hood gets off lucky there. The league comes down hard on negative player/fan interactions and this was him contacting a fan just sitting there videoing him. It could have been a suspension. The fine is only one percent of his salary, Hood should pay it and move along.