Jazz guard gets expensive cell phone bill for fan slap

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UTAH Jazz guard Rodney Hood was slapped by the NBA with a fine of $35,000 for slapping a cell phone out of a spectator's hand while exiting the court after being ejected Wednesday.

NEW YORK, United States — Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Friday for slapping a cell phone out of a spectator’s hand while exiting the court after being ejected Wednesday.

The incident took place at Washington after Hood was ejected for his second technical foul of the game with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter of Utah’s 107-104 victory over the Washington Wizards.

As Hood was walking past a fan seated in the front row, he reached out his right hand and smacked a cell phone out of the man’s right hand.

Hood is averaging 16.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the Jazz, who at 17-24 are 10th in the Western Conference, 3 1/2 games behind New Orleans for the eighth and final playoff position.

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