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Stern fines Dan Gilbert $100,000 for LeBron letter

Jul 12, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

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David Stern has just announced that he will fine Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert $100,000 for his open letter to Cleveland fans, which Gilbert wrote shortly after LeBron James announced on ESPN that he would sign with the Miami Heat. When explaining the fine, Stern called Gilbert’s letter both “ill-advised” and “imprudent.” 
Stern was not a fan of the way LeBron’s decision was produced, but he did say that players are “within their rights to sign with any team,” which likely explains why he fined Gilbert for his letter. The money won’t mean much to Gilbert, but Stern’s condemnation of his actions must feel like a dash of salt in what was clearly a very deep wound for him. 
349 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. topgun - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    David Stern should gather support from the owners. I think his days are numbered. Players don’t control the game.

  2. BK - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Very well said. The NBA is headed the way of “professional” wrestling.

  3. Lady Buckeye - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Why does everyone keep saying he is only 25 years old and that should give him some excuse for his behavior? We have young men and women who have served mutiple tours of duty in two wars. There are men and women who are taking care of people as doctors in training. LaBron has been sheltered since he entered the NBA. He has no idea what the real world has to deal with at his age. He is an adult and is responsible for his actions just like any other 25 year old.That is why so many of these athletes find themselves in so much trouble.

  4. Maxxhobbes - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Greedy people fighting greedy people, who cares!

  5. Anonymous - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Stern must go!

  6. Adam - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    who cares.. LaBron will be in jail for rape, drugs, gang violence or something equally as stupid. These NBA clowns are nothing but overpaid gangsters.

  7. Celticfan - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Who cares? Lebron is a great “role” player, and in no way shape or form a leader. Unless the Cavs could/would have surrounded him with many all stars, he never would have won a championship in Cleveland. He needs a Wade to take the pressure off of him because he may be the king of the court, but he is more of a peasant in crunch time. As for Gilbert, who knows what James was telling him or not telling him. He should have thought before going public if he cared about the money. Also, Stern has to know that collusion happened and in the end will ruin what is left of the NBA.

  8. whatajoke - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    nothing nothing nothing
    jesse jackson opens his trap
    bam! fined!

  9. the shark - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Amen to that my brother. He’s probably ignorant anyway. Big time Cleveland fan something like that.

  10. Ozzi - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Cleveland and Ohio are a bunch of whiney cry babies. No wonder you have the highest unemployment in the nation. Whiners and welfare queens. jeez.

  11. Justice - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Hey Everyone: Get over it and Grow Up! LeBron is nobody’s slave. He has rights just like everyone else. Don’t let ignorance rule your thoughts and heart. And by the way, I am not responding to any negative messages so don’t waste your time.

  12. m - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    What is with your capitalization? Did you make it through 4th grade English?

  13. Nick - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    F U Stern.
    Lick my filthy A Hole you piece of shyte.
    Time you were put out to pasture, old man

  14. JJ - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    As Fans we are the EMPLOYERS.
    We deserve fair competition. That’s what makes sports fun to watch.
    When David Stern doesn’t do anything……..HE IS NOW JUST BEING A POLITICIAN that’s being paid to kiss everyone’s A**.
    Look at the NFL and the Stance Roger Goodell has taken. The NFL is much better because there is more parody in the league.
    As Fans…..WE HOLD THE POWER. Not this crap the NBA feeds us.
    In the Movie the “MATRIX” …… Morpheus tells Neo….. “The World has been pulled over your eye’s.” and “Wake up Neo….you’re in the MATRIX.”
    So…… “WAKE UP FANS…..YOUR IN THE MATRIX.”
    David Stern is OUR EMPLOYEE. And If he doesn’t get it right.,,,,,,,HE’ll BE THE NEXT TO BE FIRED.
    We as FANS Deserve better than the GARBAGE WE ARE BEING FED.

  15. Lou - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    I completely agree with you. Dan talking all that trash but wanted to sign him. Talking about Lebron is a quitter, why would anyone want to give a quitter $125 million? The fine should have been a lot more…by the way they can send the Lebron Mural to MIAMI, we have plenty of space.we will all be witnesses in South Florida.

  16. Zaza - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Yes the The Decision was over the top and Dan Gilbert has no class, business is business and Le Bron wants a few rings! Go Heat!

  17. Nick - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Stern–F your wife, too

  18. Dave - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Stern is a low life weasel. The only thing he wanted to do was not get involved with the stupid publicity of Jesse Jackson (the ultimate racist) so Stern folded like a cheap suit

  19. nick - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    david stern is the biggest ass in professional sports, the man cannot ever make a valid decision. Besides the NBA having the worst officials they also have the worst commissioner. David time for a reality check, what the players did was collusion and if the owners would have done it you would be fining them too. Wake up and smell the coffee. Get your head out of your A**

  20. Pro77 - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Dan Gilbert deserved to be fined by David Stern. He should grow up, and move on. He is acting like a woman scorned. There is no place for female acting men in big time sports & entertainment.

  21. Randy - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    This is total BS. Fining the man for saying what needs to be said and of course its right after Jesse Jackson gets involved. Is this really necessary or is it just pandering to Jackson? I hope Gilbert pays it with a smile on his face because it is well worth it. LeBron treated Cleveland like crap and you know he will dump Miami in a heartbeat for a few extra dollars. Stern needs to spend more time cleaning up the thugs and criminals in the NBA and less time on non-sense like this.

  22. Anonymous - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    As another poster already said, this has nothing to do with freedom of speech. People in positions like this ALWAYS have contracts specifying what they can and cannot do. If they don’t like the terms, they don’t have to sign them. I guess some of you just don’t know about things like that, but you’re dead wrong to bring up that issue.

  23. EGB - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    The real scandal is the collusion that brought James, Wade and Bosh together in Miami, not only between the three players, but the Heat management as well. Is Pat Riley going to dump the salaries of decent players that had complimented Dwayne Wade, on of the leagues best players, if he is not virtually guaranteed ahead of time that Bosh and James were coming to Miami? By attacking the victim of this collusion, Gilbert, it is clear that Stern would rather be part of the cover-up than to address the real problem and that is how James ended up in Miami in the first place.

  24. Juan - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    It’s a game, a business and his passion.
    I hope he plays well, earns well and has fun doing it.

  25. Anonymous - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Are you racist? Against whites or blacks? Can’t tell.

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