Milwaukee Bucks forward Caron Butler was fined $15,000 on Wednesday for making an obscene gesture in the final moments of the team's win in Boston on Nov. 1 against the Celtics. The news was confirmed by an announcement from the NBA.
Basketball blog BeyondTheBuzzer.com has video of Butler's gesture, which is generally referred to as the "Big Balls Dance." Although the league wouldn't confirm what gesture prompted the fine, it did confirm that the actions took place with 3:54 remaining in the fourth quarter. At that point, Butler, who had just scored a bucket to solidify the 105-98 victory, broke into the dance as he ran back on defense.
The gesture was target="_blank">made popular by former NBA guard Sam Cassell (see :54) but also traces to the target="_blank">1989 film Major League (see 2:33). Less than a week ago, Nets forward-center Andray Blatche was hit with a $15,000 fine from the NBA for target="_blank">doing the same thing from the sidelines in the final minutes of a 101-100 win in Brooklyn over the Miami Heat.
The 33-year-old Butler is a 2011 NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks and is a two-time All-Star. He is currently averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 28 minutes per game this season for the Bucks.