Delonte West Gives Gordon Hayward the His Ear

Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerApril 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15:  Delonte West #13 of the Dallas Mavericks gets up from the floor during a 112-108 Los Angeles Lakers win at Staples Center on April 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Utah Jazz defeated the Dallas Mavericks 123-121 in a triple-overtime victory last night.

Gordon Hayward wasn't a happy camper after the game, though

During the second quarter of the game, Hayward got tangled with Mavs' guard Delonte West. When he went to walk away, West inexplicably walked up to him and then…stuck his finger in Hayward's ear.

Yeah, I know. A shudder was my reaction, too.

The Jazz announcers also couldn't believe it, and felt that West should have been thrown out of the game. He was given a technical foul, but remained in the game. A day later, he's still waiting to see if he will be fined for his actions.

So, thoughts? Should West be punished for this action? I can't imagine it's a good idea to allow guys to go around doing this on a regular basis. While Hayward was heated, he handled it well. I'm guessing there are a lot of players who wouldn't react as kindly to someone shoving a finger in their ear. Actually, take the NBA player out of this: if someone walked by you on the street and pulled this, I'm guessing you wouldn't calmly walk away and ignore it either. 

Here's the video:

Oh, right. The game. Hayward finished with 24 points and five assists, while Al Jefferson had a monster game with 28 points and 26 rebounds.