Bulls starter Vucevic was penalized by the NBA for the first time in his 11-year career

NBA officials today issued a fine for Chicago Bulls’ 32-year-old starting center Nikola Vucevic for inappropriately pointing his middle finger in Thursday’s 115-111 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans fined $15,000 for the conduct.

It is understood that with 4 minutes and 32 seconds left in the first quarter of the first half, the veteran center was called a walk by the referee whistling for an inside offensive layup, and the Pelicans fans shouted at Vucevic , Then he expressed his dissatisfaction with his middle finger. However, the direction in which he made the inappropriate gesture also happened to be facing the referee who blew his sentence, and some people said he was protesting to the referee.

However, Vucevic quickly realized his out-of-control behavior and apologized for the incident after the game. He said that according to past cases, he would definitely be fined by the NBA . At that time, it was because he heard the insults of the fans off the court and it was too uncomfortable to make such a radical behavior.

Vucevic also added that he felt bad because of a little thing that made a big mistake, and promised to learn from it and not make the same mistake again, and sincerely apologize to the fans and everyone.

At the same time, Vucevic revealed that he was ridiculed by his teammates in the Bulls because it was his first fine in his 11-year NBA career. The veteran center has played in 754 regular-season games in the NBA so far, averaging 16.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.9 steals and blocks per 30.9 minutes per game, with an overall shooting percentage of 49.3%.

Mar 31, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) shoots against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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