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Lakers Blake chose to swear at son of prominent CEO

Nov 7, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

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We told you yesterday the Lakers Steve Blake was fined $25,000 for saying a few magical words to a fan. Now we’re finding out Blake cussed out the son of an influential Lakers season ticket holder, and he now regrets the entire thing.

The incident happened late in the Lakers loss to the Clippers last Friday and according to the Los Angeles Times the fan told Blake “you need to knock down those open shots.” Which got Blake to snap back.

Who said it? Lance Jackson, son of Steve Jackson, the CEO of LA Gear. A guy who has had 8 courtside Lakers seats (think for a second about what that costs) for a long, long time. The Jackson’s home in Los Angeles has a full-size replica of the court and first few rows of Staples Center — it is so detailed it’s not uncommon for teams coming to play the Lakers or Clippers to go practice there. The Miami Heat have done it.

Jackson has friends in high places, so if Blake was going to pick a time to snap at a fan, he chose… poorly.

And Blake told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register he regrets the whole thing.

Blake said he can be “feisty” on the court but has never had an incident such as that one. He said there were no excuses, but he was frustrated by the Lakers dropping to 0-3 and it was a “spur-of-the-moment bad decision.”

  1. joshm5683 - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I don’t know what Steve said, but for all the years of him in Portland or the Clippers and even the last few with the Lakers I’ve never heard anything negative about him and how he handled himself. Yeah, he may shoot like crap here and there, but thats a different argument. Also, I hear this kid got to go to the Lakers practice facility and talk to Steve. I guess it really is all about who you know. I’m sure no other fans that have heckled athletes have gotten to go to their practice facilities to get an apology from them.

    • qteo - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Let see at the game which side the fans will be on. Let the fans decide who’s right or wrong.
      Give loud and long BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! to the wrong side, let them hear it, that will teach them a lesson.

  2. jobotjones - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    la gear didnt they makes those la lights shoes that light up when you walk? if so tisk tisk steve those shoes were cool growing up

    • badintent - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      You remember that ‘No Fear” rags BS ?? Back in the late 80’s ?. And the stupid neon shorts and sunglasses ? You couldn’t pay me to wear anything that has LA on it ! Except “I’m Blake Griffen and I dunked on you and your mama. ”

      I’m Karl Malone and I approved this message. and Yeah, I got paid to wear the crap for LA Gear too back in the day.

  3. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    It’s irrelevant who the other person is. He could be the son of the POTUS or that dude who mops the floor for all I care.

    But the point here is this: Judging by the alleged “heckle” of Mr. Jackson I think that Steve Blake shouldn’t have snapped at him. No ad hominems there. No insults. Mr. Jackson did not deserve such a retort from Blake.

    Lance Jackson is right, Mr. Blake.

    You need to knock down those open shots.

    • savvybynature - Nov 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      And you really believe all that was said was “Will you please make a higher percentage of those shots when the defense doesn’t rotate to you quickly, Mr. Blake”?

      Bahahahaha! C’mon man, the team obviously cleaned up what was really said to protect one of their wealthy season ticket holders.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

        Nope. I don’t buy everything — hook line and sinker — simply because I wasn’t there. All I can do is just speculate based on what was written in this article.

        So far no one has given another eyewitness account of what truly transpired. What was said and how was it said. A gag order? Maybe.

  4. mjbulls45 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    last time i saw some LA gears was in ’94

    • pellypell - Nov 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      The last time I saw 8 courtside seats was on tv.

    • texxxasmade - Nov 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      The last time I read 2 worthless comments was about 2 seconds ago.

      • mjbulls45 - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        yeah but your from texas,

        not too bright down there,

        george bush , ha

      • texxxasmade - Nov 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        Because only Texas voted Bush into the presidency? Texas is the richest state with 15th largest economy in the world, we all have big houses with pools in the backyard, crazy oil, energy capital of the world, we didn’t get hurt by the economic collapse meanwhile you stood in a soup kitchen…yup I AM from Texas, ha.

  5. tomtravis76 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Lakers reps would salivate at the opportunity to sell those seats, go ahead and let him pull his 8 courtside seats.

    Blake should be able to ignore him, but he should also not be forced to apologize to some kid for giving it back to him for talking sh!t to him while he was working.

    LA Gear, didn’t Kareem and Malone make that poor choice to wear them in the 80’s?

    • eugenesaxe - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Waaahhh. Let Mr. LA Gear give up his seats, the Lakers will make more money putting them up for auction.

  6. rmfields - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    If the fans can dish it, they should be able to take it. Dunno why the fan got all butthurt about it. It’s not like Steve pulled a Ron Artest and went into the bleachers.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      Agreed. But the question is: What did Jackson dish out in the first place? Was it an insult? An offensive remark? If it is just as what they alleged that Jackson said then I don’t see anything bad that was dished out in the first place.

      • rmfields - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        The fan was heckling him, plain and simple. Sure, Blake has to hit the open shots. But he knows that. He doesn’t need a fan to yell that to him. I’m sure Blake heard it enough from his coaches.

        $25,000 for snapping at a fan seems a bit egregious.

        Heck, if it was Kobe, the fan would have probably been like, “Ohhh, Kobe just looked at me int he eye and yelled at me! *Swoon*”. Let’s be honest. Kobe wouldn’t have been fined if he did the same thing. The league would have just said “He was showing passion.”

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        @rmfields: Agreed too. Then again, maybe it’s just semantics if we go on to our interpretation of what “heckling” is.

        For me, it would involve some extra unsavory comments to say the very least. Something like “Hey idiot! Knock down those freakn open shots! I didn’t pay good money to see such awful shooting.”

        I hear you on the 25K fine.

        I have this feeling tho that the kid may have said something else.

        But if he didn’t, Blake surely has no reason for snapping that way.

      • borderline1988 - Nov 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        You’re right in general. But you have to remember, these players are being paid millions of dollars to provide entertainment to the fans. Conversely, people at the stadium are paying big bucks for the chance to cheer (or boo) the players.

        Doing anything offensive or aggressive to a fan is a no-no for players. Even just swearing at them. It’s a slippery slope, and it’s good that the league is quick to nip that kind of behaviour in the bud.

      • allthewaylive1 - Nov 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        Sometimes it’s not WHAT you say, it’s HOW you say it…

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        @allthewaylive1: I definitely agree with you.

        The thing is, we can all just speculate on what truly transpired unless someone comes up with a video or audio recording of what exactly happened.

  7. kvvvv2391 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    I don’t get the fuss. Who cares who the idiot’s father is? What is he going to do? Not renew his court side seats? Oh I’m sure the Lakers will have difficulty reselling those seats…

    Blake shouldn’t be yelling at ANY fan. But F-this entitled idiot and if his daddy says anything other than “My son needs to handle his own problems”, then F-Him too.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Exactly my point too. Does it really matter who his father is?

      The thing is, what was bad with what Jackson said? BLAKE NEEDS TO HIT THOSE OPEN SHOTS. It IS Blake’s job to hit those open shots. Where is the insult there? What was so offensive with such a remark?

      Not unless there were other things said by Jackson that were really unsavory but were conveniently not mentioned.

      • cosanostra71 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        Yes it is his job, yes it was relatively mild what was said.


        How would you like it if I came to your job and yelled at you to “Send those emails in a timely manner”?

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        Yup. Hence, my last sentence.

        And the other dude said it correctly. It maybe not what was said but how it was said.

  8. mogogo1 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Are the seats next to these the Jordache jeans guy’s? I had no idea LA Gears still existed, let alone anybody could fund courtside seats with the earnings.

  9. paulhargis53 - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Jesus! The kid didn’t say anything any other fan of the team was thinking….

    You fanatical fans defending your heroes are sickening. How old is the kid anyway?
    If he’s a minor, you fool’s are going to excuse an adult for cursing at him?!
    Nice priorities……

    Nice to see the pressure getting to these guys after only 3 games.

    It’s amazing what people will excuse in the name of fandom.

  10. qteo - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    So if your are rich & powerful, nasty none respectful Sh!t can come out of your mouth.

  11. fpimentel72 - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    All the years that I have known Steve Blake, he doesn’t do that, yes maybe he shoot like crap and don’t know why we got him and let fisher go but what is done is done. He is not that type of guy to do that but in the other hand the fans expect them not to miss shot and to win the game, it can’t be all perfect, we are just learning to play together, so you will have a bad game and you going to be upset.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      Maybe the death threats, for missing one shot right after playing a great game, got to him.

  12. mister12 - Nov 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    So… let me get this straight. I talk smack to a person, they talk smack back…then I go tell my daddy. What part of being a grown man is that? His daddy should have had a convo with him about talking ish to people in the first place. What’s up with the NBA and the Lakers for upholding this BS? You mean to tell me you dont have others on the waiting list for 8 seats. I guess we’re talking about practice…(A.I. voice)

    • badintent - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      Is he an A-lister?
      Or B ?
      Who the F cares ?
      If I’m Blake the next time down the floor I accidentally trip and crash into him and ruin his $2000 custom made suit with his beer all over it and his little wanger.

      I’m Metta World Peace and I approved this message.

  13. sabatimus - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Moral of the story: It’s ok to talk smack to people as long as they’re not well-monied. Got it.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      That means trouble considering what I’ve said.

  14. 00maltliquor - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    1) How old is the “kid”?
    2) If that kid is always there with his season tickets in the front year in and year out, how did Steve Blake NOT recognize him?
    3) That kid was right! sheeeeeettt
    4) LOL @ SB! Blake- “oops, my bad!” hahaha! Funny how money and status changes things.
    5) LA Gears?? They still make those!? I had a pair in elementary school. That’s probably the last time I ever saw another pair of them, too!

  15. truwarier90 - Nov 10, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    the LA gear kid is probably somec wacko stuck up yuppie similar to the kardashian trash bags, take away his tickets and give it to a legit fan from the inner city.

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