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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.
Comments

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

Over to Jordan--yes!  Take that Jordan.  Hated you then, hate you now.  Unfortunately that's $100,000 you won't be able to use to gamble with, eh?  Thank you Stern, please show him who's boss.  BTW: nice picture.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

That $100k could be just for 1 sentence that Michael told the reporter about the lockout. 

Michael Jordan isn't allowed to talk to a reporter about the lockout.  He isn't allowed even one sentence, not even one word or any opinion at all can be made public.  That's how it is... those are the rules and as an owner he knows very well what the rules are....

I think the problem on these boards is people honestly believe the NBA wouldn't be what it is today without Michael Jordan but that is so wrong it's ridiculous.   The CHICAGO BULLS wouldn't be what they are today without Jordan, not the NBA.  There were a lot of great players that brought fans to the game of basketball long before Jordan came around.  A lot of hall of famers helped the NBA become what it is today, not just Jordan.  Most of you that believe the NBA would be nothing without Jordan are fairly young people that don't understand the game or business for that matter.  



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

I think it's foolish David Stern & The NBA Nazi's have time to go around reading Australian newspapers and laying down fines, when they should be sitting in a hotel 24 / 7 trying to hammer out a deal to save the NBA season... Sad someone get's fined for making positive comments about a franchise, it has nothing to do with drafting, trading or signing anyone.
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. 

Who cares what he makes or has earned in his career, you think Mr. Jordan is happy about having to fork over a 100 grand over some BS? Ah well, he will go make that in the casino anyways.




Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

I don't watch a lot of basketball, particularly because the closest team to me is the Bucks. After some nice offseason deals last year, injuries and playing like 5 guys instead of a team drove them to a horrible record. Again. Now with the lockout, I don't foresee any basketball in the states this upcoming 12 months. It's really awesome to hear a legend like Jordan praising the #1 pick Bogut (the purple/green jersey only donned by him for one season is the one I have at home) and really sets the tone for hope in Milwaukee. Some of the big bulky contracts are gone once the season starts again, but will the young guys like Jennings be able to bring some more wins around? Either way, it's still cool to hear MJ talk about my hometown team with positivity.



Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

So act like they don't exist, but also make sure you don't end up at the same golf event with them. How can you act like they don't exist if you also have to check the guest list at golfing events before you book a tee time?



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

First a correction. FORMER player. Not current. In fact, current OWNER. And he was a piece of what made the league it is today. Take away Magic and Bird and MJ doesn't really have anyone to have those great battles with year out. While the most visible and definitely most valuable to his team, he is not a singular reason for the position of the league today.
I had no idea that Bird or Magic played for the Utah Jazz or New York Knicks during those great playoff series... I guess you learn something everyday. Most people don't remember those early days as much as they do the 6 titles.

And yes, Jordan did almost single handedly make the League what it is today...no arguement needed, much like Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire brought fans back to baseball.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

Is this the way David Stern and his cronies make a paycheck now?




Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

First a correction. FORMER player. Not current. In fact, current OWNER. And he was a piece of what made the league it is today. Take away Magic and Bird and MJ doesn't really have anyone to have those great battles with year out. While the most visible and definitely most valuable to his team, he is not a singular reason for the position of the league today.

Second. as the first poster against the fine came after the editing of the blog post, that indicates to me that the comments referencing the lockout and revenue sharing were, in fact, in the piece when people started ripping the league and writer. Sorry, if you choose to stop reading and start typing half way through the article, that is not a hit on the writer or the article. More a hit on your attention span and willingness to blindly begin yapping.

Third. The NBA did something right from the outset that the NFL never did as a whole. They opened the books to prove to the NBAPA that 17 of the teams are losing money by the truckload. Granted, their fault for giving guys 20mil a year in a sport with 41 home games and no serious revenue sharing. They want to make the league work and keep it profitable for everyone involved. Agreeably, the owners want it mainly profitable for them but at the end of the day there is no NBA profit if there is no NBA.

Owners, including those who have a small piece of teams like MJ, should know exactly what they can and cannot comment on in the media. Players should also keep to themselves about it. Dragging it all through the court of public opinion does neither side any good at the bargaining table. MJ was wrong in this case, regardless of his passion for Bogut's talent or the game itself.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Report: Jordan fined $100k for lockout comments

Bring back the ABA!!!!


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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:34 pm
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