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Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade has called on the NBA to provide the players with better protection from fans after he received a $15,000 fine this week.
Wade was fined for making an obscene gesture during the clash with the Charlotte Hornets earlier this week as he was upset with some fans who had insulted him throughout the game.
While the league often uses these situations to remind players about their responsibilities on the court, Wade used it as an opportunity to suggest that the players need better protection which will in turn avoid these situations from arising.
“The NBA is an unbelievable league, and I’m one of the first ones to be doing NBA Cares and all these things in the community, but they need to protect us a little more,” Wade told The Associated Press.
“They need to do a better job of protecting players in the arena. It’s open game on us. We’re big boys, we can take it, but everyone has their breaking point.”
Wade revealed that a number of fans were insulting his wife Gabrielle Union and that the comments gradually got worse through the night which in turn saw him lose his cool and respond by raising his middle finger at the group as he walked off the court.
While it is difficult to see what could be done by the league in order to stop unruly fans having such an effect on the players, Wade has at the very least opened up the problem to commissioner Adam Silver.
Silver has done a great job dealing with issues thus far during his tenure, and Wade will be hoping for a similar response in the coming months as this isn’t the first time that players have been pushed to breaking point after receiving abuse on the court.