Heat star Wade hoping league can better police unruly fans

Dwyane Wade said he hit his 'breaking point' when he gestured to the crowd in Charlotte.

 

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MIAMI — Dwyane Wade knows making an obscene gesture toward fans was wrong, and merited the $15,000 fine that the NBA hit him with.

But the Miami Heat guard also wants the league to help players avoid those situations.

Wade says he’s asked the NBA "to do a better job of protecting players" from the most unruly of fans in arenas, doing so while acknowledging that what he did in Charlotte on Wednesday night — when he reacted to what he said was a steady stream of comments about his wife — was wrong.

It was the first time in Wade’s 12-year career that he was fined for gesturing at or interacting negatively with fans. He says he hit his "breaking point."