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Mavericks PA announcer has suspension rescinded; team slapped with $25K fine instead

Apr 11, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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Dallas Mavericks public address announcer Sean Heath was originally suspended two games by the NBA for comments he made via Twitter criticizing officials following a loss to the Warriors.

Heath’s Twitter account is full of such criticism, yet he had no interactions with the league office in the past.

That may be why the suspension was rescinded, and the Mavericks were issued a nominal fine for their employee’s remarks instead.

The update, from Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:

Public-address announcer Sean Heath will be shouting into his courtside microphone at American Airlines Center during the Mavericks’ regular-season home finale Saturday night after all.

The NBA office rescinded its two-game suspension for Heath, according to a source, opting to fine the Mavericks $25,000 as punishment for Heath’s tweets criticizing the officiating in the wake of Dallas’ 122-120 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on April 1.

The most offensive comment from the league’s perspective was likely the one where Heath said the NBA has a “reputation that the games are rigged.”

Look, we know that more often than not, the people who are employed by a team directly are often its biggest fans. There’s nothing wrong with that internally, but it’s bad form to lash out publicly like this, no matter the circumstances.

The league knows this, but it also knows that suspending random team personnel isn’t likely something it wants to begin doing. So in a wise decision, they went with a fine instead, sending the message that the organization needs to reel in its employees in this regard.


  1. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    But the league does have that reputation. It’s a simple fact, he wasn’t making accusations.

  2. dinofrank60 - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    So, if I am a Mavs season ticket holder and i shout from my courtside seat that the games are rigged, does thr NBA take away my seats? Only the Shadow aka the retired David Stern knows!

    • casualcommenter - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:00 AM


      You only get punished if you work for the NBA or for an NBA franchise, not if you’re a fan.

      Also, if you think the NBA is rigged, why would you pay a ton of money to buy courtside seats?

      “I think the NBA is a scam, so I’m going to reward the NBA with a lot of money to help them earn more profits.”

      • smoothaswilkes - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:28 AM

        Pull the stick out and keep it casual. Clearly, Dino was joking.

  3. lj312chicago - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    League got a lot of backlash for this one…

  4. davidly - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    If you punch a guy in the nose for pointing out that you have a reputation as a bully, you cannot exactly take that punch back. What you have to do is admit where you’ve been a bully and then go and bully no more.

    The league has yet to admit they have bullied. Until they do, every denial seems like a punch.

    • bigmeechy74 - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Hey wait a minute pal… no one HIT anyone. This is all verbal stuff. Way to exaggerate! …. jk. Sorry. I just felt like being stupid.

      • davidly - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        Hehe. There is enough evidence on this forum of my so fully engaging my own stupidity that I risk never being taken seriously.

      • bigmeechy74 - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Ha I thought about pretending to be serious but I couldn’t go through with it.

  5. mauldawg - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    He told the truth and the NBA couldn’t handle the truth.

  6. qdog112 - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    This was as much a shot at Cuban, than anything else.

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