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Jameer Nelson fined for "obscene gesture" in Magic's loss to Bulls

After hitting a crucial basket in Orlando's loss to Chicago on Wednesday, the Magic point guard celebrated with a dance the NBA found objectionable.

Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA announced Thursday that it has fined Jameer Nelson $15,000 "for making an obscene gesture" in the Orlando Magic's 128-125 loss to the Chicago Bulls on January 15th.

With 11.2 seconds to play in the fourth quarter of that game, Nelson hit a step-back jumper over Bulls center Joakim Noah to tie the score at 101. As he jogged to the Magic's bench for a 20-second Chicago timeout, Nelson cupped his hands in front of his groin in a celebratory dance Sam Cassell made infamous. has a .gif of the sequence.

Nelson finished the game with 31 points, a season-high total and just one point shy of tying a career-best, to go with 10 assists.

The $15,000 fine is in line with others the league has levied against players performing the same dance move. Milwaukee Bucks forward Caron Butler was the most recent culprit, drawing a fine for that amount on November 6th.