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Blazers Forward Moe Harkless Fined $15,000 for Headband Toss vs Thunder

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Harkless had been ejected with six fouls just before the incident.

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Portland Trail Blazers forward Moe Harkless has been fined $15,000 for throwing his headband into the stands during Portland’s 120-108 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. The incident happened late in the fourth quarter, with the game already out of reach.

Video shows Harkless reacting in frustration after earning a sixth foul and ejection with 24.9 seconds remaining in the game. As he walked the length of the court past Portland’s bench, he tossed the headband towards the end of the scorer’s bench, just to the right of the arena seats. The headband appeared to flop into the laps of Portland’s PR crew.

The official NBA press release:

NEW YORK, April 20, 2019 – Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless has been fined $15,000 for throwing his headband into the spectator stands, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident, for which Harkless was assessed one technical foul and ejected, occurred with 19.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers’ 120-108 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, April 19 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.