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The NBA announced a $35,000 fine for Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis on Wednesday for what it termed an "obscene gesture" during Orlando's victory against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. The league did not issue Davis a suspension, meaning he will be available for Wednesday's contest against the New York Knicks.
At the 7:49 mark of the second quarter, Davis took an elbow to the scalp, which drew blood. While walking toward the bench to receive attention from Magic trainer Keon Weise, Davis wiped some of the blood off his head with his middle finger, and then sucked on it while staring down some fans seated courtside. Davis did not receive a technical foul. Video of Davis licking the blood is available here.
"It was my middle finger, so I think they thought I was flipping somebody off, but I wasn't," Davis said following the game, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. "I was getting blood off my finger."
Upon review, the league disagreed with Davis. The $35,000 fine represents a drop in the proverbial bucket for the five-year pro, who inked a four-year deal worth $25.7 million with Orlando prior to the 2011/12 season.