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NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 1:40 pm
Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan would reportedly face a $1 million fine for golfing with NBA players. Posted by Ben Golliver.


Losing seven figures on a golf course. Just another weekend for NBA legend and notorious gambler Michael Jordan, right? 

Not quite. This million dollar hit comes with a twist: the NBA would be pocketing the cash.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, is scheduled to play in the American Century Classic celebrity golf tournament. The only problem? So are a handful of NBA players, and the league has made it clear that team executives are not to have any contact with players during the ongoing lockout unless they're willing to stomach a $1 million fine. 
Jordan, who became the first former player to own an NBA team when he purchased the Charlotte Bobcats outright last year, faces a fine of $1 million if he plays a round of golf at the ACC with a current NBA player.

Jordan called the NBA on Tuesday to check in, and the NBA confirmed he would be fined if he played with a current NBA player.
The tournament's website notes that Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen, Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd and New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams are all scheduled to participate.

Again, the rule comes off a bit silly and petty, but it's the rule. A round of golf would represent hours of contact and there is sure to be plenty of media in attendance. Two guys yucking it up as they putt out doesn't quite jive with the league's public blackout policy towards its player institute on July 1. 

This warning to Jordan is the latest in a string of potentially fineable situations involving team employees and current players.

Earlier this week, we noted a report that Portland Trail Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan was warned for comments made about Las Vegas Summer League. Also this week, Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn called a press conference to fire coach Kurt Rambis and mentioned multiple players during the question-and-answer session with media members. And, on Wednesday night, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban attended the ESPYs with his team, although the league clarified that the contact had been pre-approved on the condition that no league business or CBA discussion would take place.

Since the lockout began on July 1, the NBA has yet to publicly issue a fine to a team executive who violates its gag order policy. 

Hat tip: Ball Don't Lie

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 3:26 pm

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

it's about time someone will tell david Stern to go home!!!!

and in somewhat offtopic, if U R a bBeliever vote GOD intp the new hall of fame


Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:05 am

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

This really shouldn't even be a story, and I shouldn't have to make this post. THERE WILL BE 100 PEOPLE THERE, MJ WILL PLAY WITH JUSTIN BIEBER INSTEAD OF DERON WILLIAMS. It's a celebrity golf tournament, not an NBA players and MJ tournament. MJ is going to play with non NBA players, wont get fined, but will lose close to a million dollars gambling. 

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:48 pm

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

dont know why everybody is so up sethe has been doing and actting the way he wants the last two years. I said it all year we should fire him and get a new commish . with this one he has joined the moron of the year club bet i would get a fine if he thought he could get it on

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:37 pm

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

MJ wipes his butt with a million bucks. Davis Stern is in the Mafia!!! 

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:57 pm

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't there some relationship with this trouniment and charity, specifically Lance Armstron's LIVEStrong Organization?  Not to make too long a stretch of this, but isn't this the same as the NBA saying that MJ can't support this charity?  Also, if Mark Cuban can hang out at the ESPYs, which is hours long including pre- and post-show activities and there is a lot of media, couldn't the same rules apply here, e.g. no discussion of NBA business be discussed?  Just looking for some consistent logic and compassion here.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:46 pm

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

What difference does it make? Jordan bet on basketball before and they covered that up didn't they...I'm sure they'll do it again for his airness no matter what he does.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:05 pm

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

Spoiler alert - next headline: Jordan unretires again to avoid fine!!!
Spoiler alert - Jordan still an owner and still can't play without being fined.  Also can't "unretire" since he can't sign an NBA contract without a CBA in place.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:32 am

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

This has to be the stupidest rule I have ever heard of. If Jordan does get fined that money should go to charity not to line the already rich commissioner or any execs for that matter. What happened to the US constitution in this outrage. GO JORDAN. YOU DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO. GIVE EM THE FINGER AND PLAY.

Don't be an know perfectly well, or should, that the fines do not go the commissioner or "execs".  This has nothing to do with the US Constitution and is not an "outrage".  Simply put, Jordan has his options as a citizen of the US -- (1) If he wants to own an NBA franchise, he can, but that means he has to abide by the rules of the franchise agreement or suffer the penalties (which can be fines and escalate up to losing your franchise --but in this case (a) play golf and pay the $1million fine or (b) go play golf somewhere else without NBA players) or (2) Sell his franchise and play golf when he wants with whomever he wants without worrying about the NBA rules.

Yes, Jorday can "give em the finger and play", but it will cost him $1million dollars and, if he doesn't pay that, it could cost him his team (not to mention, at a minimum, pissing off all of the other owners who are playing by the rules, trying to win a labor negotiation and don't need Jordan creating an appearance that the owners are divided in any fashion).

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:59 am

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

Right.   Because that's what the country needs.  More BS court cases over nothing
it would be more entertaining than the casey anthony trial Tongue out

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:57 am

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

wow... land of the free?...that mighty good old dollar. What else can be said you are respected as long your actions serve the interst of corporate America..

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