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NBA fined Michael Jordan $100,000 for talking lockout

Sep 12, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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Last month, when Bobcats owner Michael Jordan talked to a paper in Australia about the lockout, our initial reaction was to start a fine countdown. David Stern said he was going to fine any team executives who talked publicly about the lockout, and when it comes to fines Stern is a man of his word.

Well, it happened. Jordan was fined $100,000 by the league, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

What did he say that was so offensive?

“The model we’ve been operating under is broken. We have 22 or 23 teams losing money, (so) I think we have gotta come to some kind of understanding in this partnership that we have to realign,” Jordan said.

“I can’t say so much … but I know the owners are not going to move off what we feel is very necessary for us to get a deal in place where we can co-exist as partners. We need a lot of financial support throughout the league as well as revenue sharing to keep this business afloat.

“We have stars like (Andrew) Bogut who are entitled to certain type of demands. But for us to be profitable in small markets, we have to be able to win ballgames and build a better basketball team.”

MJ didn’t say much, but he said enough.

Jordan is considered a hawk in these negotiations, wanting a change to league’s economic system and better revenue sharing. That’s because he owns a team in Charlotte — a good basketball market poisoned by George Shinn (who then took over the Hornets and ran them into the ground, some of the owners problems are their own doing). Jordan needs a lot of help to turn his franchise around. If a $100,000 fine is the price of that, he’d live with it.

  1. virusgvr - Sep 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Ehhhh. Easy come easy go! He will make it back by putting 100k on the Dolphins +7 tonight. Everything will be ok!

    • edweird0 - Sep 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      Haha that sounds about right.

  2. edmazeing1 - Sep 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Well jordan should re-release (Air Jordan #11 ) and he will make 5x that fine amount in one day!!!

  3. florida727 - Sep 12, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    To put it in terms more of us can relate to: you or I were just fined 40-cents by our boss for saying something we supposedly should not have.

  4. blueintown - Sep 12, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Lebron is so much better than Jordan. Go.

  5. dirtybird2020 - Sep 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Idiot! Lebron needs jordan to win a ring! Why dont u itch lebrons nuts while ur down there!

    • blueintown - Sep 12, 2011 at 5:54 PM

      Wade is better than Jordan, too.

      • philtration - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:19 PM

        Which one tastes better to you?
        Wade or LeBron?

      • blueintown - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:34 PM

        James Jones is better than Jordan, and he can barely get off the Miami bench.

  6. stayhigh_247 - Sep 12, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    basically, they are telling MJ….”get back in your place boy!”

  7. mogogo1 - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    (Gasp!) You mean teams losing money might want to restructure the system causing them to lose money? Good thing Stern has stepped in a month after the fact to put a stop to Jordan leaking the league’s lockout “secrets.”

    The only part Stern probably disliked was Jordan saying that only 23 teams were losing money because the company line is that every team is in the red.

  8. jtsel81 - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    I think Blue has tasted the whole team!!!!

    • blueintown - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM

      Of course I don’t believe any of the statements I made. I just enjoy seeing idiots get worked up over nothing.

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