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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: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:45 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

This is unbelievable. Arison might be the classiest owner in the NBA. Dan Gilbert can release one of the most insulting letters Ive ever read bashing the #1 player in the league, and he gets a $100,000 fine. Arison simply says "you are barking at the wrong owner" and he gets 5 times the fine? Stern is truly a joke. Everyone knows he hated Riley and the Heat prior to the free agency of 2010. Now his hate is bubbling over. Glad Wade put that pompous arrogant ^&*&^ in his place. Funny thing is that he doesnt realize that what Miami did last summer has increased the popularity of his crap league

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:43 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

One thing's clear to me, and that Stern is in no rush for this lockout to end. As long as he's still capable of fining owners and players "HE feels" make inappopraite statements he can still collect coin that way. Why wouldn't he want this lockout to continue? Players/Management will sooner or later crack and say something that he can justify fining them for lol.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:23 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

All you small city people cry too damn much.  It ain't our fault these guys want to come together in Miami.  They could've done so anywhere else but since its not in your own small town, you all cry like little a b!tch!  Even if there was a hard cap they'd still take a pay cuts and still play together.  They did so already!  Both Lebron and Bosh could've signed max deals in both Toronto and Cleveland but decided not to.  Wade also could've had a max deal but is making the least out of the 3 to make room for Haslem (the heart of the team) and Miller.  These guys want to be playing in cities where there's beaches, no blizzards, and an incredible ratio of hot:ugly bitches in SoBe and can go for a boat ride out in the open water or intercoastals on a day off.  Plus the unity of these players coming together made the NBA more popular with proof in the TV ratings and revenue.  Love'um or hate'um, people are intrigued to watch.  This was a cash cow for the NBA and small town NBA owners who paid billions to buy a team are crying and want sympathy pay.  Hell No!  The players are the product and deserve more.  People want to watch.  Everyone loves a great villian and if that's us (MIAMI), so be it.  We filled every arena last season to entertain your sorry a$$e$.  As for Micky, he's all for the players.  He didn't need to tweet for everyone to know that.  If you want to blame someone, blame yourselves for producing boring basketball and being shafted by your owners all because he got shamed out of a deal to buy a small town team.  They should fold about 4 teams from those small cities and towns to bring those handful of quality players into other potential teams to make the competitiveness more exciting. 

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:44 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Micky Arison, You are one of the owners who have created this mess in the first place by creating "The Dream Team". When athletes get together and state let's all play in "Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Chicago" the league is in big trouble. It doesn't take but three All-Stars on one team and the balance of power throughout the league is altered in a very bad way. I don't hear players getting together and saying "Hey LeBron let's all go to Minnesota to play" or "Hey Dwight let's all go to Milwaukee". The small city owners will always suffer until there is a HARD salary cap.


Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:18 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

NBA headed for certain failure.  Greedy bastiges.  All of 'em.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:58 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

David Stern and his puppets are a joke.

I dont care how many billions Micky Arison has, it is still $500K!!!!!!

That is too much money considering what was tweeted. Michael Jordan said worse and he only got fined $100K

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:54 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

This seems severe and the comments do not seem unreasonable. Unity is one thing but gagging people is another.

"Barking up the wrong owner". If there are hard liners holding up the process, for others to make comments about them is not unreasionable. Maybe a fine of $50,000 but this is NOT a federal offence.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:33 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

A player can bring a weapon into the locker room and threaten to shoot a teammate, change his name to World Peace and get sentance reduced to community service...but THIS deserves a $500K fine ?

The NBA is punishing the wrong people here.

The simple truth is, the lockout is the result of a half dozen owners raising the price of max contracts beyond the NBA profit margin. The top paid 30 players that have already made enough money to wait forever, are the voice behind the NBPA's puppets Hunter and Fisher, and the reason the lockout continues.

A few owners got the entire NBA into this mess by overpaying the same stars now holding the NBA hostage for more. THESE are the greedy people invloved...and Arison is one of different than Kobe, LeBron, Wade, etc..except he realizes he can't keep an NBA franchise open without an NBA that is making a profit...and obviously the players don't understand that, or they would be back to "work" already. 

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:37 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Get your facts straight, cleveland and Utah have been a very strong market since the mid 80's with the exception of maybe 5 years!  

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:35 am

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

I don't know, call me crazy... don't know anyone in business who wants to lose money!   Greedy playes will bring down the NBA it's that simple.  Get realistic u can be a lousy player and still get millions to play a sport you love...only in America is that possible.  I hope they sit the entire year then just maybe they will appreciate what they had.  

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