NBA fines Jusuf Nurkic for throwing spectator’s phone in the stands

Jusuf Nurkic (Photo Reuters)

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic lost his temper after an altercation with fans during his team’s loss to the Indiana Pacers

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  • Last update:March 23, 2022, 12:41 PM HST
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Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic was fined $40,000 after grabbing a spectator’s cellphone and throwing it into the stands, the NBA announced Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Bosnian star lost his temper after an altercation with fans during Portland’s loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Nurkic, who was not playing in the game while recovering from a foot injury, grabbed a fan’s phone and threw it into the crowd during the incident.

US reports said Nurkic reacted after insults aimed at members of his family.

His fine was confirmed Tuesday by Byron Spruell, president of NBA League operations.

In a separate disciplinary action Tuesday, the NBA fined Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green $25,000 following a spat with an official in Sunday’s loss to San Antonio.

The NBA said Green addressed “profane language” to a game official during the loss. Green was ejected from the game in the third quarter.

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