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Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 5:48 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver

On Monday morning, the National Basketball Players Association launched a Twitter campaign to rally fan support and to express union solidarity during the ongoing labor negotiations with the NBA. The two-fold message was summarized by two quick-hitting slogans: "Let us play" and "stand united."

New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony has added his own message to the discourse. After participating in the NBPA's campaign, Anthony offered an apology to NBA fans, tacking on a profane three-word slogan that is hard to argue with: "This **** sucks."

Here's a look at the tweet.


Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant and Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James also passed Anthony's message along to their followers.

Anthony later added: "It bothers me to hear people talk about things they know nothing about!!!"

His frustration doesn't arise from nowhere. There has been some fan backlash on Twitter to the NBPA's "let us play" campaign with some observers unclear that the labor dispute is the result of the NBA owners locking out the players instead of the players going out on strike. For this, Anthony really has no one to blame but his fellow union members. We're more than three months into the ongoing lockout. If the basics haven't been effectively communicated to the fans, the players can't really point the finger at anyone else about that. It's absolutely frustrating but educating the general public about the finer points of a labor negotiation is a long, costly and intricate process. 

Blaming the fans, even for their own lack of knowledge, will get the players nowhere.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:14 pm

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

even at a minimum wage job someone would make $300/week so i have no idea how you think it costs a week's salary to go to a game (tickets here in milwaukee are as low as $8).

under your view of economics, if tnt/etc pay $1 billion to broadcast BASKETBALL PLAYERS, and people pay to see BASKETBALL PLAYERS, then why should those same basketball players get paid comparably to people like you that nobody would pay to see do anything.
i guess ticket prices should be $1 so they could have a line 2 miles long for every game lol.

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:35 pm

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Who cares what this moron thinks.

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:29 am

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

So a multi-millionaire is going to lose some money during a lockout.  So what???   If he has a brain, he would have the vast majority of his earnings put away earning interest.  So many millions of people are really struggling financially during this time but now they need to trim their budgets????  If they can't afford to cut back and accept less like so many millions of people, even the so called mid level players that are still making anywhere from 1-5 million a year they are idiots.  Guaranteed contracts have been and always will be stupid.  The owners are exactly that,  the owners and they players are employees.  Give them a initial signing bonus and then pay them for their level of performance on the court.  Even the lower level players will still earn a living that is more than the average citizen is making.  Even if the superstars are not playing to the level they are supposed to be at on a consistant basis, drop the amount of the paycheck.  I understand that everyone has a off night but if it becomes a slump over several or many games, then to bad so sad,   If players salaries were based on weekly performance, the competition would be much better. 

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:39 am

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

One cuss word out of twenty, and you categorize the statement as "profane"?  The swear word is the news here?

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:45 am

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

To Tiredofcrap2

Usinig your own words.…” I for the player”

My turn …. They deserve to EARN a fair wage..... Any player that is in this league has earned it! They are the best! They are compensated at levels most of can not appreciate. That being said a Guaranteed contract is the dumbest business agreement ever made......

The owners created a part of this problem - they agreed to guaranteed contracts, soft caps and increases that can’t continue.

The agreement was before our economic loss. We all feel the pain and we all must adjust. The owners are……. the players?

Bet the lower 70% would be fine with a 50/50 split.

Top earners like Yellow (ran from a fight and a city that supported him) don’t get it. They think they already earned it by being gifted.

I was shocked… and rarely am I shocked….a player telling fans that we can’t understand the basics

Yellow…. “ It's absolutely frustrating but educating the general public about the finer points of a labor negotiation is a long, costly and intricate process. “

you serious?

The owners make billions? The league may gross billions the owners don’t make billions.

….for middle age white folks who do not get the players point take your azz to a math class lol
Wow…. Insulting fans that may cheer your team ????? Are all white middle age people in need of a math class or only the ones that don’t agree with you?

We need idiots like these (and worse, James and Durant - they pass on the twitter message… not even their own words) out of negotiations.

Give me a Kobe (who I hate) this is a business deal………&hellip

All of you better win the fan….. or those checks get mighty skinny…….




Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:27 am

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Hey friends!
The resession is now taking it's toll on the NBA.  This is what is really happening.
Here's what will happen next!
1/2 the season will be lost to the lock out!
Lot's of jobs will be lost by those who do not make the big money.
Their families will lose cars, homes, and divorces will occur.
At least 2 teams will be no more or 2 players from each team.
The owners will go back to demanding a hard cap.
Eventually the owners will get everything they want.
Expect at least a 10% cut in pay for the players.
The fans will realize that they control the NBA with their money.
Fans will begin to care less about spending their money on these "PROFANE" players.
Concern for the fans will never be realized in time by the players and owners and long term grudges will be held against NBA basketball.
The fans will realize they can go on with their lives w/o basketball.
The true basketball fan will watch more college games and love it just as much.
The wives of older NBA players nearing retirement years will call it quits and take 1/2 of their money.
These wives don't want these selfish men to be staying home all day with them either.
The NBA networks will realize that the fans will watch other sports to take the place of basketball.
Networks will lower the amount they will pay for NBA basketball.
And in a few years the NBA will experience another lockout for the lack of money again.


Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:18 am

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

The more these guys open their mouths the more ignorant and foolish they look. Do us all a favor and cancel the season. No one cares. Take the year and take more English and speech classes so at least you sound like you have a GED and did not step directly out of the ghetto. Also enroll your wives. I caught their act on some NBA wives show. I thought w/ all the money these guys make their wives would be hotties. Instead they are larger then their husbands, attack each other literally, and have mouths that would make a sailor proud. Talk about classless. They are about as feminine as a transvestite. These woman (and I use that word loosely) make their husbands look like Rhode Scholars. One word comes to mind. Ghettofied. Bring on NCAA ball, w/ Sully and the Buckeyes.

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:11 am

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Any "job" that pays in America is in benefit to society. Not knocking whatever profession that you do, but this dates back to before Babe Ruth was making more than the President. As a new veteran from serving 10 years in our military I know what underpaid feels like. I protected this country and have seen nothing back but a disability check. I'm not asking for sympathy but I feel that we deserve more than anyone else who hasn't served, but it's a volunteer service. Just like the NBA, they have the best of the best, what has transpired over time is the owners doing. The players are trying to maintain it.

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:57 am

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Enough talk about the economy. It's very simple. Your boss makes billions (which half of the owners were on the Forbes list for making gains) and you as a player is making sure the seats are filled, jerseys are sold, doing things for the community, and still entertaining people. I give them respect.They are doing their jobs. A lot of you need to understand this company (NBA) is in Joe publics eye. You have a chance to ridicule their every move as employees. Of course they want what is owed to them. Anyone would take the stance of the players at the end of the day. If they did a little research...#PatRiley

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:55 am

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Cancel the season let these babies get real jobs with real wages and then maybe they will see things the other way. These clowns make me never wanna watch another game.. BUTCH nailed it..these arent real jobs!!! the world will go on without basketball and with millions to be spent on more important things..

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