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NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 6:19 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivermicky-arison

You spoke out against the family. You threw your brothers under the bus. For that, you must pay.

Yahoo Sports reports that NBA commissioner David Stern has fined Miami Heat owner Micky Arison $500,000 for violating the NBA's gag order for a series of Twitter messages he posted on Friday night. The Sun-Sentinel later confirmed the report.

The messages were posted on Arison's account - @MickyArison - in the hours after labor negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketballl Players Association broke down.

Arison responded to an angry fan who blamed him for being a "greedy pig" by saying that he was "barking at the wrong owner." He also said that owners "care alot" about the NBA's fans and laughed when asked for his opinion of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. 

Arison, the CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, deleted a number of messages, including the "barking" one, from his account shortly after posting them.

The Heat's owner was recently ranked No. 75 on the Forbes 400 richest Americans list with an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion. After he spent the summer of 2010 assembling a veritable dream team of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, it's no wonder he might want to get the NBA's schedule started sooner rather than later.

The tweets likely drew such a hefty fine because they represented the first real public fissure in ownerships' position. By and large, the NBA's owners have issued very few comments on the state of negotiations and certainly no one had deviated from the league's message as drastically as Arison did. 

NBA legend Michael Jordan, currently the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, was reportedly fined $100,000 for his comments about the lockout in September. Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn was also reportedly fined for discussing multiple players during the lockout.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:35 pm

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

If I am Arison I say f*&k you Stern and make him try to collect.

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:37 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

This is a Public sport, which is privately owned, but still, it operates in a public forum. To gag all participants in the lockout is outrageous on David Stern's part. This is a business that is supported by fandom, and to hide the entirety of the current NBA matters from the fans, is misguided. Maybe the fans of the sport should repay David Stern's informational blackout with one of their own - a fan blackout would be a perfect response to Stern's arrogance. Maybe if we all ignore the NBA, it will just go away.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:27 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Miamirain Lebron and Bosh did sign and trades but they were NOT for Max contracts.  Bosh makes the most out of the 3 contractually and it is less than the max.  Ultimately its not that much less than the max but nonetheless they werent MAX deals.  The other two structured it that way since Bosh is the one with the least amount of endorsements. 

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:18 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

@crystalclear Having a hard cap will do nothing for the desire to play in certain cities.  Side note, OKC is technically a small city(by NBA standards) and the Thunder are a great team!  How about we get some better management across the other "small cities" and draft better?!!!  Another point about your hard cap, remember that Chicago spent about 30$ million less than Orlando this past season, further proof that money doesnt matter as much in the win-loss column as you would seem to think.  Honestly, of the teams you named LA is the only team significantly over the salary cap.  Miami is slightly over, as is Chicago and NY.  Management of teams and not overspending on mediocre talent is how you create a winning environment. 

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:12 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Once again who cares.  College BB is starting up.  Rather watch these young kids pour their hearts out on the court.  Both sides are gready and care nothing about the fan's.  Players are a bunch of whiners and game has been turned into the WWE any how.

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:58 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

let me get this right the Players care about the Fans? WOW!! while i think both sides are greedy, as a season ticket holder that statement bothers me. Players making 10-15 mil a year guaranteed! can get one coach after another fired because they don't agree with their system, sit on the bench and pout, say they hurt and not play, go out and not play 100% and even strangle their coach. The only thing a owner can do with a player like this is try to trade his high salary away, he can't cut him, he'll still have too pay him. Now as a fan who is helping pay players salaries I dont see where greedy players give a hoot about the FAN. I dont know the last time u checked but in the United States NBA players on average is the highest paid sport and NBA owners who spend 300 million plus for a franchise I think expect too make a good return on their investment. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:54 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

I agree with Dodd. This fine makes Stern look really bad. Where is the consistency when you look at the slaps on the wrist he has given for some pretty severe behaviour from other owners.

Stern is barking up the wrong tree.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:39 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Agree with mostly what you've said except for the part of LeBron and Bosh took less $$, they DID sign max contracts with their respective former teams and did a sign-n-trade with the Heat, in return they got the first round picks from Miami for the next 4 years.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:49 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Very well said rleon25

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:47 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

To be considered a GREAT have to win...Like the Pistons of the late 80's, so far that group of players havent won shit.  Probably wont either, beccause Lebron cant win the big game.   CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE....thats all he does.

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