By Ben Golliver
The NBA announced Wednesday that Nuggets forward Jordan Hamilton has been fined $25,000 for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" during a 112-100 Christmas Day loss to the Clippers at the Staples Center.
Hamilton's profane exchange occurred after he was fouled by Ronny Turiaf with 3:49 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Clippers leading 106-88. The momentum from the foul carried Hamilton into the baseline seats and he told a fan to "shut the [expletive] up" as he made his way back to the court. He added a few more profanities to embellish his request.
Video of the exchange has been uploaded to YouTube by user ClubSkillsDontLie. Note: the explicit language is audible on the video.
Hamilton, in his second season out of Texas, finished with 16 points and four rebounds in 17 minutes against the Clippers. On the season, he's averaging 6.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game off of George Karl's bench. Hamilton, 22, is making $1.1 million in the second year of his rookie deal.