The Lithuanian man was fined $3,910 by a London Court.
A fan of the Lithuanian Olympic basketball team was arrested and charged with a racial offense for making Nazi gestures and monkey noises during a game against Nigeria on Tuesday. The fan was charged with and found guilty of “racially aggravated behavior.” The International Basketball Federation also warned Lithuania to assure that its fans “behave properly” during Olympic events.
Do you think they warned the Lithuanian fan first, or just arrested him immediately? I’m betting they didn’t warn him at all – just cuffed him. At sporting events, security personnel usually warn rude fans to either stop their objectionable behavior or be escorted from the building. That almost always solves the problem. However, in this brave new world, warnings are probably for suckers, not racist white people.
From the Associated Press:
Lithuanian basketball officials have been warned to control racist behavior by the country’s fans at the Olympics.
A Lithuania fan made Nazi gestures and monkey chants during a game against Nigeria on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to a charge of “racially aggravated behavior” and was fined $3,910 by a London court. A lawyer for the fan said Wednesday his client believed such behavior was acceptable at sports events at home.
International Basketball Federation secretary general Patrick Baumann insisted that racist behavior will not be tolerated. FIBA told Lithuania officials to advise its fans to “behave properly,” he added.
“We are absolutely against any of this and we have indicated to the Lithuanian delegation that it would be better for them if they were to communicate with their fans,” he said.
Lithuania, which took the bronze medal at the 2010 world championship won by the U.S., plays the Americans on Saturday. It could be punished in other competitions if its fans make further racist displays in London.
Olympic organizers said racist fans are being ejected from venues.
“If we see any, these people will be asked to leave, and that is what we have been doing,” organizing committee spokeswoman Jackie Brock-Doyle said.