The popular three-goggles sign NBA players routinely throw up after connecting from deep is a no-no in Brazil, according to the League.
The Cavs and Heat are in Rio de Janeiro as part of the NBA Global Games, and have reportedly been told to refrain from doing the celebration during their preseason clash Saturday.
The ever-PC NBA wants to avoid inadvertently offending the locals.
Per the Northeast Ohio Media Group:
Holding up the “three-sign” or the “three-goggles” in a certain way while in Brazil could be mistaken for “f— you” or “f— off,” I was informed.
The NBA sent the Cavs and Heat a memo with a list of questionable gestures that shouldn’t be used in Brazil, we’re told. The last thing anybody wants is for the stands to clear immediately after a player nails a 3-pointer.
James Jones, the Cavaliers’ 3-point marksman, says he was not made aware of the memo and knew nothing about the gesture being an insult in Brazil. […] “Hey, that’s why I just salute after I hit one,” James said. “That’s not offending anyone, right?”