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NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:34 am
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Basketball legend and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan became the face of the hard-liner NBA owners this week, when a report broke that he is the face of a group of 10-14 owners who think a 50/50 revenue split with the players is too generous, preferring instead to offer a 47 percent stake.

On Saturday, as labor talks between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association were winding down, at least three NBA players took to Twitter to express their frustration with Jordan. 

"I'm not wearing Jordans no more," Washington Wizards guard Nick Young said. "Can't believe what I just seen and heard from MJ. Elvis Done Left The Building." 

"Damn MJ," Indiana Pacers guard Paul George wondered aloud. "That's how you feel?"

Later, Golden State Warriors rookie wing Klay Thompson replied to George: "You think the 1996 MJ would pull this? Straight hypocrite bro."

George agreed: "Man straight hypocrite bro.. He should've been the 1st one behind us smh."

The charges of hypocrisy stem from the fact that Jordan was a major advocate for NBA players' rights during his playing days. During the 1998 labor negotiations, for example, Jordan famously told then-Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin: "If you can't make a profit, you should sell your team."

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:27 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Now I think these players just broke the rules of the lockout and spoke of it...shouldn't they be fined $500,000 just like Micky Arison was? 3 players tweeting about the lockout so that adds up to... $1.5 million. What a paycheck huh? 

MJ is mature now and sees how things need to be run. This isn't the NFL, MLB or even the NHL. This is the NBA where players have benefited immensely in the last agreement and don't want to give it up now. This is the one side that I'm agreeing with the owners in any sport. The players are arrogant, cocky, and spoiled in these talks. Some of the things that Wade has said prove it. Please, NO NBA player deserves $50 million a year like Dwyane Wade thinks they should earn. Even the great A-Rod, doesn't even make that much and his agent is Scott Boras. All these articles and people agreeing with Wade are fools. Are these men talented? Yes. Do they contribute the most to an immenseley sucessful business? Yes. BUT, they don't deserve $50 million a year to play a sport. People can say all they want that fans come to watch the players play and not the owners, but it is like that in every league. Also without owners, there is no team to even play on...seriously split the money 50/50 or 49/51 going one way or another, with a couple more concessions going toward the side making 49%. This has turned from serious negotiations to serious greed. Pathetic and shameful.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:59 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Wow, a couple of percentage points... like really? your not happy being over paid as is?? I think the players get paid pretty damn well as is, you can be a bench guy with no minutes and get yourself 500k a year, and you have stars making 15..then with age some are making up to 25 million per season... some could argue they could be paid more, I wouldn't..but I can't see anyone saying they are underpaid. To have a better product on the court in places like Charlotte, something needs to change in the way a team like the Lakers can spend almost double what the cap is. 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:58 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Jordan now realizes he was young and foolish when he played.....Jordan the business guy now knows alot of money is required to run the NBA....

By the way, anyone know what percentage of profits you make compared to the owner you work for?  Probably .000000002 percent.. 

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