The NBA has announced that both Miami Heat forward James Johnson and Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince have each been fined $25,000 for their actions following a flagrant foul on Hassan Whiteside during the Heat’s win vs the Hawks on Wednesday night.
The press release from the NBA, which was released Friday, reads as following:
Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince has been fined $25,000 for forcefully pulling down Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during play and Heat forward James Johnson has been fined $25,000 for escalating the situation in retaliation by throwing a forearm into the chest of Prince, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident, for which Prince was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected while Johnson was assessed a Technical Foul and ejected, occurred with 5:53 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Hawks' 116-93 loss to the Heat on Feb. 1 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Hassan Whiteside takes a hard fall after a hard foul
Hassan Whiteside fights for an offensive board and then takes a very hard fall after a foul by Taurean Prince in the fourth quarter. Watch the Miami Heat try to finish off the Hawks live now on FOX Sports Sun. #MiamiHeat #NBAPosted by FOX Sports Florida / FOX Sports Sun on Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Whiteside had previously offered to pay Johnson’s fine for the flagrant foul (see video below) but I’m not sure he was expecting this big of a financial penalty. Johnson was already facing a $7,000 fine for the ejection alone, slightly bumped up because of past incidents this season with officials including another recent ejection.
Still, it’s nice to know you have a second-degree black belt to stick up for you after what looked like a dirty play from Prince.