“Garnett is the dirtiest guy in the league. We are playing Boston last night, and they had two fouls the whole first half. We had five times that, and we’re athletic.”
Following Boston’s victory in Game 6, Garnett said he was offended and motivated by Gearon’s comments and criticized Gearon for calling him a dirty player.
In May 2010 the league fined Gearon $25,000 for tampering after he told reporters he would give then-free agent LeBron James a maximum contract “in a heartbeat.”
TV cameras captured Johnson flipping a middle finger to a Celtics fan at TD Garden as he left the court following Game 6. A screen capture of the moment was disseminated by blogs and on Twitter.
The Hawks signed Johnson as a rookie free agent before this season. He has a history of anger-management issues that includes a ban from the Korean Basketball League for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Hawks coach Larry Drew sent Johnson home from a trip after he argued with teammates on the bench during a game at Boston on April 11. Johnson and Drew also had a heated argument during Game 1 against the Celtics, but Drew later said he apologized to Johnson for overreacting.