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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: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:49 pm

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

It's funny because Mickey Arison is one of David Stern's bosses.  The league's owners need to get together and fire Stern.  Stern has been the promoter for stars with an uneven playing field for the competition as the league's office headed by Stern has requested that officials give benefit of the doubt to the star players so they don't foul out and also to push the big market teams towards the finals so the league can make more money.  His short term thinking is killing the league right now that is losing plenty.  This is the second time there has been a work stoppage under Stern, he needs to take responsibility for the downfall of the game as much as he takes credit when it's going good.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:41 pm

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Even with the lockout, the NBA still finds a way to make money, lol. Stern is a genious. If the league can't fines any players since they've been well behave so far, let's fined owners and team president instead. Gotta love Stern, always finding ways to make money for the league.

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