National Basketball Association fines Rodney Hood $35000 for slapping phone from fan's hand

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

The fourth-year Jazz guard was fined $35,000 for smacking the phone out of a fan's hand after being ejected for two technical fouls against the Washington Wizards.

Such a moment is rare for Hood, who only has been assessed five technical fouls in his career. He knocked the phone out of a fan's hand while walking past the man who was sitting courtside and looked to be recording Hood exiting the court.

The Jazz shooting guard was ejected towards the end of the third quarter during Utah's 107-104 victory over the Washington Wizards, but it's what happened after he was tossed that cost him the $35k. Hood exited, but not before accounting for seven points, six boards and a pair of assists across 15 minutes.

Hood isn't the first National Basketball Association player to be fined for fan incidents this season, as DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers and Josh Jackson have each been fined as well. His 16.5 points per game is second on the team, only to rookie standout Donovan Mitchell. The Jazz are now slotted at the bottom of the division with a 17-24.