Jazz guard Rodney Hood was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Wizards at Capital One Arena after being assessed his second technical foul for arguing with officials late in the third quarter of Utah’s 107-104 win. On his way to the locker room, Hood knocked a phone out of the hands of a man in a courtside seat who appeared to be taking a photo or video of the fourth-year pro.
(Georgetown should really consider inviting Hood back to D.C. on Jan. 20 to police the phone-free seating section during the Hoyas’ “Actual Reality” promotion.)
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) January 11, 2018
The Salt Lake Tribune’s Kyle Goon reports that the unidentified fan spoke with Capital One Arena security and Jazz security during the fourth quarter and was “pressing for police action.” Goon noted that police are unlikely to pursue action against Hood, who exited with seven points on 3-of-11 shooting and was unavailable for comment after the game.
Hood is already on the hook for $6,000 for his actions Wednesday — $2,000 for each technical, plus $2,000 for the ejection — and an additional fine from the league office for the phone-slapping incident is probable. Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins and Clippers guard Austin Rivers have been fined $25,000 for incidents with fans this season.
Update: On Friday, the NBA announced it has fined Hood $35,000 for Wednesday’s incident.
It seems the fan who had his phone slapped away by Rodney Hood wanted some kind of police action. Doesn't sound like that will happen, but I'm sure the NBA will have something come down soon.
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) January 11, 2018
Meanwhile, former Wizards player Jared Dudley offered Hood a possible defense for his show of frustration.
I would say I was trying to hi five everybody on the way out https://t.co/FgRw7wT9Aj
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) January 11, 2018
Good luck with that.
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