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After being traded, Rudy Gay tried to get money back on Lakers tickets he bought

Dec 12, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

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A lot of players have friends or family in the Los Angeles area (a shocking number live there in the off-season), so when they come to play the Lakers or Clippers they are looking to buy a few extra tickets to get those people in the door. There is always a scramble.

Rudy Gay is one of those people. Except just a few hours before his Toronto Raptors were to take on the Lakers last Sunday night, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings. He never got to the arena (Aaron Gray had gotten there and was doing a workout when he found out and went back to the hotel).

Gay tried to get his money back from the tickets he purchased, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.

Quincy Acy asked the same thing, reports Ryan Wolstat at the Toronto Sun. Hey, it was worth a shot.

Gay will make $17.9 million this season, Acy “just” $788,872 (according to Mark Deeks at Sham Sports).

  1. asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Why is that shocking? Just because he’s making a couple million doesn’t mean he should throw his money away.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      If $18 million is a “couple” then what is the cost of tickets for him? A couple dimes and nickels?

      The way you refer to his salary as a “couple million” is very ironic coming from someone who thinks he should ask for a refund, which I agree with.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    • bucrightoff - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Yeah thats what I don’t get. These guys get blasted for always blowing their money and being broke quickly after they finish playing, and here’s a guy being fiscally responsible. We should applaud him, not mock him.

      • av416 - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Clearly Rudy has seen the 30 for 30 “Broke”

  2. spacemaker101 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Seriously this deserves an article..

    • ranfan12 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      You’re just as much to blame for clicking

  3. slobmykolb - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Better for him to be tight with it than be broke in 5 years! If he declared bankruptcy everyone would bash him for not making better decisions. I’m glad to see a player that wants money back for something he not his people didn’t get to enjoy

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    So just because he makes $18 million this year and he wants to get a refund for tickets (he definitely spent thousands on the tickets) he bought for friends in a game he thought he’d be playing in, he’s cheap?

    Or he should still have his friends go even thought he’s not playing?

    Not everybody could be compared to Iverson. SMDH

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:02 PM


  5. mp4philly - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Ummm or maybe give the tickets away to some kids… Just a suggestion. 18 isn’t a couple, buddy. I think the most shocking part of this article was my discovery from this article is the Gay makes more than Durant in salary. Yikes!

  6. granadafan - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Good for Rudy. We won’t see him on ESPN 30 for 30 Broke Athletes. Yout don’t stay rich by blowing your money needlessly.

  7. autoprt - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    with the price of lakers tickets i don’t blame him. probably cost him a few grand based on how many friends and relatives he had.

  8. jobotjones - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Let’s assume he had five tickets (he could’ve easily had more).
    Tickets at Laker home games are not cheap, especially if he got half decent tickets (another assumption that we can make).

    I’d want my money back too, go buy your fam&friends some purple kings gear Rudy.

  9. patsfan92 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    he’s right to ask for em back. he wants to be fiscally responsible and the lakers make way more money than him. get your money rudy

  10. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    He is right to ask, but shouldnt get a refund. What about last saturday, I had heat tickets but Kevin Love was out. Should I get my money back?

    No, you can return NBA tickets.

    • tuberippin - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      “What about last saturday, I had heat tickets but Kevin Love was out. Should I get my money back?”

      You’re not on either team.

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