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Steve Blake fined $25K for “heat-of-the-moment” exchange with fan

11/6/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The NBA fined loss Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake a hefty $25,000 on Tuesday for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan."
 
The incident occurred late in the fourth quarter of Los Angeles Lakers’ 105-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday night at the Staples Center. Steve Blake, who was making his first start of the season, while filling in for Los Angeles Lakers All-Star shooting guard Steve Nash who is out with a fractured left leg, had eight points and two assists on a 2-of-6 from the field while playing under 39 minutes in the game.
 
It was during the final moments of the quarter, when Blake Steve fouled out with 29.2 seconds left that he made a heated response to the comments of a courtside seated fan. The Los Angeles Lakers telecast caught Steve Blake exchanging word with a fan on the sideline during Chris Paul’s free throws but the incident occurred a few seconds later. Instead of sitting on the bench, Steve Blake advanced towards the sidelines and kept yelling at a fan in the front row.
 
Later, Steve Blake kept shouting across the court to the fan even after taking his seat on the team’s bench.
 
Apparently, tempers flared shortly after Steve Blake fouled out in the game and the fan shouted, "You need to knock down those open shots.”
 
"It's an unfortunate misunderstanding and a heat-of-the-moment type of thing,” Steve Blake said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice on Tuesday. “It's one of those things I'm not proud of the way I handled it, and I look forward to growing as a person and moving forward from it."
 
Steve Blake appeared overwhelmed as the Los Angeles Lakers were headed into their third-straight loss and a second on double-digits this season. The 32-year-old Steve Blake missed on a three-pointer, a shot beyond the arc and two jumpers in the final 1:30 minutes of the game.
 
"It was an emotional game for me, losing a third game in a row and this and that, but there are no excuses," stated Steve Blake. "It was just a spur-of-the-moment bad decision."
 
The 10-year veteran, Steve Blake later had an opportunity to personally amend his mistakes as the fan, Lance Jackson, and his father Steve were present at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice Tuesday. The family has strong ties with the team, and are longtime season-ticket holders to courtside seats.
 
The Jacksons have welcomed many Los Angeles Lakers player and NBA teams to practice at their private gym at their residence.
 
“they're great people and they didn't deserve to have that type of interaction with a player,” said Steve Blake. “"We got a chance to speak and talk about the situation, and I just let them know I was sorry for the way I acted.”
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