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Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

Posted on: June 4, 2009 9:12 pm
 
LOS ANGELES -- The $25,000 fine levied by Commissioner David Stern against LeBron James for skipping his meeting with the media following Cleveland's loss to Orlando is chump change to James. It's what he spends on shoe laces and bubble gum.

Still, good for Stern. Other players who failed to fulfill their contractual obligations with the media have been fined by the NBA. James shouldn't be held to a different standard just because he's, well, James.

Allowing James to escape unblemished would've sent the wrong message to other players. You guys, the non-stars, can be punished but the superstars are untouchable.

Stern came to realize this after initially not wanting to fine James. But Stern is smart, brilliant actually. He knows letting this pass was a mistake and he corrected himself.

It's what good commissioners do.

 
Category: NBA
Tags: Lakers
 
Comments

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2009 1:25 pm
 

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

A 25,000 fine is a joke to the players today.  At least fine them a games worth of pay.  The Cavaliers pay Labron James much more than that per game.  He most likley makes that per quarter.  Make the min. fine a weeks pay.  Labron can make 250,000 just to show up for a golf tournament. 



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2009 7:09 pm
 

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

How would you know anything about "good" Freeman. You're a douche and have NEVER written a good article. Good luck with that you clown.



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2009 6:41 pm
 

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

I know that it is in the player's contracts; but it shouldn't be.  This is one of the thigs I don't like about this country right now. The media has gotten way to all powerful and I am sick of it. I don't care if every athlete in sports would refuse to talk to the media that would proably make the word a better place.  And aybe then Doyel and Freeman would have to get real jobs and not showoff their ignorance.

I don't want to nw every thought payers have before,during and after every game. It is just a waste of everyone's time.

Just let me enjoy sports without all the other nonsense
Seriously. The media is way too powerful. They totally control our country. They control elections, they control how people view whats going on around them. Screw the media! If he doesn't want to freakin deal with the media why should he. That goes for all players everywhere, not just superstars. If someone came up to you all & stuck a microphone in your face don't tell me it wouldn't piss you off after a while. These are people just like you, they are just extra good at basketball. I'm sure Freeman is showing his jealousy of wishing he could play basketball. 25K for not going to a press conference is rediculous no matter who it is.

Guess he was hoping that Lebron will come up with a good excuse Maybe the excuse that he wanted privacy because he wasn't in a mood to talk to anyone after losing. Man every one of us would feel that way. Not just LeBron James



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2009 6:14 pm
 

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

BlkFlagMafia, I totally agree with you 1000%. This is a joke. LeBron "classless" James can make $25,000 by just telling Nike that he agrees to make another commercial for them. Bet you Stern called or had dinner with LeBron and told him that he needs to fine him just so that it doesn't send a wrong message to other players in the league that LeBron can get away with it. On my earlier post. my question was what took Stern this long even to fine LeBron. Guess he was hoping that Lebron will come up with a good excuse.



Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2009 12:25 pm
 

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

If they used community service as a punishment or fine we would never see the athletes in the community unless they had to. Not saying that the stars are at schools every week reading or play on the playground with the kids.... Wow those two things I just mentioned seem so small and easy to do it's a shame that more atheletes aren't doing them on they months and days and hours of free time!!


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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2009 10:04 am
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Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2009 8:38 am
 

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

Kudos, David Stern!!!  I agree with the punishment.  All players do have their media obligation, win or lose.  Sorry Lebron, it sucks, but again man up and talk about it, make excuses, whatever.

I don't believe this is ploy to get LJ out of Cleveland, although I would love him in NY.  Although, it now seems that would a media nightmare for Lebron.  I would love his talent, but beginning not to like his personality much.



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2009 3:22 am
 

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

Yeah , it is good, Stern seems to be taking a page out of Obama's book.  When your business is in trouble tax the crap out of everyone whenever you can to make up for lost revenue. If he sells out to the Chinese we will know he's a democrat. I wonder why Obama aint taking franchises away from republican owners like he's doing with GM.
Allowing James to escape unblemished would've sent the wrong message to other players. How is that the wrong message? If you want to skip media day play like Lebron. That should get them practicing abit more.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2009 1:35 am
 

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

Fining superstars is what good commissioners do. Apparently, it's what bad commissioners do too. Stern remains a joke, although I'll give him credit for this.



Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2009 1:33 am
 

Fine LeBron?Bad of Stern

I can understand why people are getting upset ar LeBron for not shaking the Magic player's hands because that was poor sportsmanship.

But fining him for not talking to the media? Give me a break.

I know that it is in the player's contracts; but it shouldn't be.  This is one of the thigs I don't like about this country right now. The media has gotten way to all powerful and I am sick of it. I don't care if every athlete in sports would refuse to talk to the media that would proably make the word a better place.  And aybe then Doyel and Freeman would have to get real jobs and not showoff their ignorance.

I don't want to nw every thought payers have before,during and after every game. It is just a waste of everyone's time.

Just let me enjoy sports without all the other nonsense


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