NBA fines Caron Butler $15K for 'obscene gesture' in Nov. 1 victory over Celtics

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The league officially announced Caron Butler will be fined for an inappropriate gesture he made during the Bucks' comeback victory.

The NBA has fined Caron Butler $15,000 for making an "obscene gesture" during the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Nov. 1, the league officially announced. The gesture occurred in the fourth quarter after Butler made a game-tying three-point field goal.

Neither broadcast showed Butler's gesture (though it's fair to assume the evidence is above in the headline photo), which presumably came after this shot from beyond the arc:


The Bucks came back from a 22-point Celtics lead, capped off by Butler sinking the contested shot. Milwaukee outscored the Celtics 34-15 during their fourth-quarter comeback.

Celtics' forward Gerald Wallace accused his teammates of playing "selfish" and "padding stats" after the game as cause for the late collapse. Brandon Bass and Jeff Green combined to go 0-9 through the fourth quarter and the Celtics shot just 21 percent as the Bucks surged ahead.

The Bucks' victory over the Celtics is their lone win of the season. Boston has lost all four of their games. Butler finished the game with eight points and six rebounds.

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