NBA fines Tony Allen after slapping photographer's camera
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - NBA fined Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen $15,000 for slapping WMC Action News 5 photographer Bo Bradley's camera during Monday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
NBA President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn announced the fine Tuesday afternoon.
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Allen apologized on Tuesday to Bradley, who was freelancing at the game when the Grindfather picked up his third foul in the third quarter.
Upset and frustrated, Allen slapped Bradley's camera as he waived his arms and moved toward the baseline. After the slap, the camera caught Bradley in the eye.
"I mean it hurt," Bradley said. "I'm not going to lie, but there's no bruise. There's no cut."
The two met off the court on Tuesday afternoon. Allen arranged the meeting before the team caught a flight to the next game.
"I apologized and wanted to do something," Allen said. "Definitely, after finding out he was a big fan of mine, I wanted to keep it in the Grizz family."
The video of the guard slapping the camera during Monday's game was retweeted and shared by thousands of people on, thrusting Bradley into the social media spotlight.
"I didn't know what to think. I mean, my son just texted me and said, 'You've gotten 20 followers in the last hour,'" Bradley said.
This is at least the third time Allen has apologized for his outburst. During the game, Allen walked toward Bradley and gestured an apology. Tuesday morning, Allen directly messaged Bradley on Twitter to apologize.
Bradley says he's OK and accepted Allen's apology. He says he understands it's something that happened in the heat of the moment.
Bradley is a 25-year WMC Action News 5 photographer and does freelance camera work for the Memphis Grizzlies.
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