Sometimes rookies just aren’t as equipped to deal with difficult situations as veterans are. In this case, the difficult situation came in the form of a fan interaction. As you can see from the photo above that Austin Espinoza shared with us on Twitter, Hawks rookie forward Ivan Johnson did not appreciate something a Celtics fan said to him after Atlanta’s loss on Thursday night. In order to express his displeasure, Johnson flipped the C’s fan the bird — directly in his face. Jump ahead for the uncensored version.
San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin denied flipping the bird to a referee during his team’s loss to New Mexico Saturday. SDSU was trailing by 11 before halftime of the Mountain West Conference tournament finals when Franklin was whistled for a foul. Franklin was frustrated and seemed to flip the bird to the ref, but he denied that after the game.
‘No, not at all,” the conference player of the year said.
San Diego State reporter Edward Lewis tweeted otherwise, saying that Franklin flipped off the ref. When someone suggested Franklin was flipping off a group of New Mexico fans, Lewis insisted it was directed toward the ref. Franklin also reportedly went after the same ref later in the game, using profanity.
The evidence is mounted against him, but without having seen a replay, I guess we’ll have to take Franklin’s word on it for now.
Uncensored version of the picture below:
This may come as a shock, but the Packers routed the Rams on Sunday 24-3. Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers — none of which are named Greg Jennings of course since he’s on my fantasy team — and the game got out of hand in the second quarter. In fact, A.J. Hawk even felt loose enough to flip off his team’s sideline after recording a sack. Check out this picture of A.J. Hawk flipping the bird, courtesy of Jason Wilde on Twitter:
Hawk must have learned that message from Louis Delmas or Chuck Cecil last year. Hawk says it’s something he and his teammates were doing during practice throughout the week, and it carried into the game. He termed it a “bad joke.” No sweat A.J., we don’t have a problem with it.
One obvious way to win a boxing match is to have your opponent lose. That could mean anything from having your ear bitten off to the other guy throwing in the towel. You can always try to go for the knockout, but sometimes it’s easier to just sit back and let the other fighter do their thing. Just ask boxer Bobby Moreno, who had to do nothing but watch as he went on to record a TKO against Brock Aleksich a little over a week ago.
According to the Independent Record in Montana, Moreno was awarded a technical knockout over Aleksich when Aleksich was arrested in the middle of the match. The police report says Aleksich removed his gloves during a break at the Club Boxing match in Montana and made an obscene gesture toward the crowd. Police warned him that he would be arrested if he flipped the bird again, and he allegedly did it during the next break in the action. He was then escorted from the ring.
Imagine if this happened everywhere? The middle finger is an unfortunate mainstay in the sporting world. If everyone who flipped the bird was arrested, there’s no telling how many times the outcome of a game would have been affected. The Bruins would have been without a defenseman in the playoffs during their Stanley Cup run. Andre Ethier would have been posting bail shortly after taking batting practice a few months ago. The Titans would have had someone aside from their defensive coordinator calling the plays against the Broncos last season. The list goes on and on. Here’s hoping the other cops in the world don’t follow suit.
As for the picture included in this post, that is the profile picture from Brock Aleksich’s Facebook page. Sadly, we’re left to assume that is him. It should also be noted that Aleksich was dancing around before the match and flexing his muscles while wearing a shirt that read “Suck my Obama.” He left the shirt on throughout the fight.
Fist pound to Off the Bench for the story.
Brewers center fielder Nyjer Morgan was flying all over the field to haul in deep balls against the Giants Friday night. After running down an Aubrey Huff ball to lead off the bottom of the seventh, he made a sweet grab on a ball hit by Nate Schierholtz. Leave it to Nyjer aka Tony Plush to show up the fans with a nice middle finger. Hey, at least it’s an improvement from the legendary fit he threw last season.
Believe it or not, he’s not the first baseball player to flip off fans during a game.
Forearm bash to Sports Grid for the video
UPDATE: Another angle shows he did not flip off the fans but rather he was flashing the sign for two outs. He still did it by crossing his arm at the elbow, which is another gesture to symbolize the same thing as the middle finger. Here’s a look at the other angle:
Nice, huh? Andre Ethier, the stud who was given the LA Times fashion treatment this past summer, enjoyed some quality bonding time with fans at Dodger Stadium on Monday before a game against the Brewers. Ethier had supposedly learned to control his temper a bit when Joe Torre was managing the Dodgers, but it looks like he was having a rough batting practice session the other day. I’m sure he was signing autographs and kissing babies before he decided to exchange pleasantries with the fans, but The Big Lead reports Ethier was dropping f-bombs at photographers with children nearby. His behavior was said to be unprovoked.
Major League Baseball is supposedly looking into the incident and trying to figure out why Ethier came off as a guy who wanted photographers to capture him flicking fans off. Judging by the photos, he had no interest in being discrete. Check out the uncensored pictures of Andre Ethier flipping the bird to fans:
In case you didn’t know how intense the rivalry was between the Bruins and Canadiens, that video should tell you. Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference scored in the second period to make it 3-2 Montreal and had a nice message for the Canadiens fans. In case the video gets pulled, here’s a picture of Ference flipping the bird to Montreal fans.