Morrison fined $25,000 for obscene gesture

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Adam Morrison
was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for making an obscene
gesture to a fan during a game in Miami.

Morrison made the gesture while sitting on the bench late in
overtime during Charlotte's 111-103 win over the Heat on Sunday.
Morrison did not play in the game because of a sprained knee, the
first game he missed this season.

Morrison said he was being heckled throughout the game.

"I've got to learn to take it, I guess, but I think the guy
went over the edge a little bit, calling me 'white trash' over and
over again," said Morrison, who also sat out Tuesday's game
against Miami. "I reacted naturally and I made a mistake. I hurt
the organization and the team. I'm sorry about it and it will never
happen again."

Morrison, the No. 3 overall pick in last year's draft, is
averaging 11.9 points and is shooting 38 percent from the field
this season. Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said he's still
learning how to react to hostile crowds.

"Adam has those sonar ears, like a bat," Bickerstaff said.
"That's another thing a rookie has to learn. ... When you move to
this level, you've got fans, they're as good at what they as the
players on the court."