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NBA Fines Delonte West $25,000 for Putting His Finger in Gordon Hayward's Ear

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 17:  Delonte West #13 of the Dallas Mavericks passes the ball against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at American Airlines Center on October 17, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerApril 18, 2012

Remember yesterday's news about Delonte West shoving his finger in Gordon Hayward's ear?

Well, the NBA office has ruled on this strange, disgusting taunt and they're not taking it lightly. The league sent out a press release on Wednesday afternoon announcing that West will be fined a cool $25,000 for

 "…a physical taunt by poking Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz in the ear, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations."

This sounds…about right?

Honestly, I don't have any clue how you properly punish/fine someone for something like this because this is something that shouldn't ever happen in an NBA game between grown men. In elementary school or junior high, I guess, but come on. 

I'm glad to see the league take a stance on this so everyone can know there's no need to be sticking your fingers in someone else's ear. At least, not on a basketball court. 

ESPN Dallas reported that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle had spoken with West about his actions:

"I made it clear to him that that's unacceptable," Carlisle said Wednesday. "He's a competitive guy. But your competitiveness has to manifest in the right way. By and large, he's had a tremendous year for us. And he's done the right things. I see that as an isolated incident and I don't see it happening again."

Somehow, I don't think that Carlisle ever envisioned himself having a conversation with one of his players about giving unsolicited wet willies on the court. That's the NBA, though. Never, ever a dull moment. 

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