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76ers' Joel Embiid fined $25K US for obscene gesture vs. Hawks

The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid $25,000 US on Wednesday, two days after he made an obscene gesture on the court and used profane language during a live television interview.

Centre also used profane language during live post-game TV interview

Sixers centre Joel Embiid, pictured, was fined $25,000 US by the NBA on Wednesday after flashing a middle finger at the Hawks' Kevin Huerter. He also used profane language during a live post-game television interview. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid $25,000 US on Wednesday, two days after he made an obscene gesture on the court and used profane language during a live television interview.

In announcing the fine, the NBA noted that the amount "reflects his multiple prior violations of acceptable on-court decorum."

The gesture occurred with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Sixers' 129-112 victory over the Hawks on Monday night. With the clock winding down, Atlanta's Kevin Huerter came from behind and swiped the ball from Embiid, who was trying to dribble it out. Embiid responded by flashing a middle finger at Huerter. He later apologized.

Embiid scored a career-high 49 points in the game.

Afterward, in a post-game walk-off interview, he tried to clarify after calling himself the best player in the world following an excellent performance last week against Brooklyn. His interview included profanity.

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