The gun-related issues seem to be so sensitive these days, especially after the continual shooting around the country. On Aug. 31 we reported on a Pennsylvania man pointed a finger gun at his neighbor and was ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs. The day after, on Sept. 1, American tennis doubles player Mike Bryan was fined $10,000 after he used his racket to make a shooting gesture at officials during a match at the U.S. Open.
ESPN reported that the tennis player made the gesture during a Saturday second-round doubles match with his brother and playing partner Bob Bryan as they played against Roberto Carballes Baena and Federico Delbonis.
The umpire, Mariana Alves, issued Mike Bryan a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“What did I do? Just tell me what I did, real quick,” Mike Bryan asked. The umpire answered: “You made a gesture. I don’t think that is appropriate.”
Bryan apologized for the incident in The New York Times on Sunday.
“I apologize for any offense I may have caused. We won the point and the gesture was meant to be playful. But given the recent news and political climate, I understand how my gesture could be viewed as insensitive. I promise that I will never do anything like this again,” Bryan said.
So far this is the highest fine given to a male player. The Bryan brothers went on to win Saturday’s match 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.