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Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 2:14 pm
By Matt Moore

ESPN reports that Michael Jordan has been fined $100,000 by the NBA league office for his comments in August with an Australian newspaper. Jordan said in mid-August:
"We have stars like Bogut who are entitled to certain type of demands. But for us to be profitable in small markets, we have to be able to win ballgames and build a better basketball team."

"Bogut is a good piece to build around for Milwaukee," Jordan said.

"I love Bogut's game. He's made a very good start and he's definitely gonna be a star. His big problem is that he's been dealing with that elbow injury. But he is a star to be reckoned with (and) will be a star for some time."
via Michael Jordan airs Andrew Bogut issue | Herald Sun. 

That mention of Bogut is forbidden, as the NBA is supposed to act like the players don't exist during the lockout, for a variety of legal reasons and because, well, it sets a tone. Jordan also spoke about the lockout and what the owners were looking for as far as revenue sharing. As that kind of talk publicly can undermine the league's negotiating efforts, that's also a no-no. 

While less than the rumored $1 million fine for any league employee or representative for making contact with players or their representatives (unless you're Adam Silver, apparently), the fine is still considerable if accurate. Well, we mean in terms of most normal NBA fines or an average person's salary. For Jordan, he probably pulled it out of his wallet, or got it from under his couch cushions or something.  

Jordan was also warned not to golf with NBA players at Lake Tahoe celebrity tournament.  The NBA has levied other fines against team representatives like David Kahn for similar violations during the lockout. In short, the league's not kidding around, regardless of whether you're the greatest player of all time, a majority owner, or whoever. There are consequences to comments in this lockout.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:46 am

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

Looking at KLM11's profile shows he has nothing positive to say about anything.  Why so bitter KLM11?  Momma didn't console you enough?  Small penis?  It will get better for you!  Keep your head up.

Jordan isn't concerned about 100k.  The world wide publicity will more than pay for the fine.  The NBA needs more outspoken owners like Cuban and Jordan.  For god's sake, if they all were stiffs like Stern, the sport would have been buried a decade ago.  The NBA made him leave?  Why would they do that?  His father's murder has nothing to do with anything and KLM11 should be ashamed for even trying to tie that to this story.  A small market like Charlotte needs all the attention it can get, be it words of encouragement for a player from Austrailia, or news of the fine itself.  Jordan is no dummy.  He's very calculated.  Maybe he's trying to lure Bogut to Charlotte.  Who knows.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:03 am

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

KLM11 you are crazy.... He isn't addicted to high priced gambling on golf... People like you crack me up... What do you expect him to do bet $5 a hole? He's making hundreds of millions of dollars every year.... People bet playing golf all the time and it doesn't make them addicted to it...

As for the notion that the NBA made him leave, that might be the dumbest statement I have ever heard... The NBA is going to make their biggest star and at the time the biggest sports star in the planet leave the NBA.... That's just plain stupid....  

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:02 am

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

Come play a game or 2 for the sydney kings mj and you will get that 100k back ;)

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:45 am

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments


Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:50 am

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

I truely believe Jordan gets these fines on purpose once or twice a year so he has a reason to clean out the ashtray in his Mercedez.  By the way, Jordan knew he was breaking the rules and would be fined, yet his addiction to high price gambling on golf is just to much for him to say no.  Same reason the NBA made him leave the sport for a year and possibly the reason his dad was murdered.    &n

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:42 am

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

I am getting so tired of the leagues and their going on strikes...and colleges and their conference issues.  The players and owners should be allowed to act like each other exist, talk about each other and even play golf with each other.   And my final thought is that MJ should be able to get away with about anything because he was and is so good for basketball. I will always say is the greatest ball player ever.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:58 pm

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

 I know this is chump change to MJ, but please.  He said nothing out of line, but this union sh-t is so stupid that I can't even comprehend.  I have respect for MJ, because if it was myself, I would have been fined about $1,000,000 for my reaction to the first fine.  MJ should know better, but what a crock of manure!

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:53 pm

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

I guess rules are rules, so pay the $100,000.  The NBA had better donate it to a charity!!!  Too bad the NBA has become what it has become though.  A long time ago, I enjoyed watching but the way the game (if that's what you call it now) I could care less.  The new crop of tattooed, ignorant, jive talking whiners, who everytime they make a decent play (which is what they're being paid millions to do anyway) have to go into their tribal ritualistic routine's lost me along time ago.  I actually hope there is no season in 2011/2012, that the fans find something else to spend their hard earned dollar on.  I also actually hope that if/when these idiots come back, the fan turnout is so low that the ridiculous schedule will have to be drastically reduced and that these guys have to start riding buses again, rather than flying.  Can you tell I hate the NBA??? :-)

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:12 pm

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

The ONLY reason to watch the NBA was Jordan. Hate the BS this new generation of players is pulling. (all sports included) Bunch of whiners and showboaters. Its either where"s the flag/foul or look at me I made a layup or caught a pass for two yards. Todays athletes are just pampered pansies. Look at the new NFL agreement...only 14 padded practices are allowed during the season. Seriously, there are 16 regular season games. Bring me goalposts in front of the endzone, leather helmets or even a peach basket...

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:40 pm

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

100 grand - how ridiculous. Atleast give the money to a charity or someone who needs it. Gives me another reason to hate the NBA. Somebody said bring back the ABA - good idea! Screw Stern and these overpaid cry babies. CBS: "Let's find a terrible picture of MJ to put with this."

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