Miami Heat owner Micky Arison has been fined $500,000 for venting on Twitter about the NBA lockout.
The fine — believed to be the largest ever levied against an owner
by the NBA — came after Arison responded to a fan’s tweet. That original message
read: “How’s it feel to be a part [sic] of ruining the best game in the world?
NBA owners/players don’t give a damn about fans&and guess what? Fans
provide all the money you’re fighting over&you greedy [expletive] pigs.”
In response, Arison tweeted that the fan was “barking at the wrong
owner,” a reference to the divide between NBA chiefs, according to
Yahoo Sports. Arison deleted the tweet an hour after he sent it Monday, but it
still caught the league’s attention.
The NBA has barred team owners and coaches from discussing the
lockout or any players during the work stoppage. Coaches and general managers
also $1 million fine and a possible loss of draft picks for
retweeting any players during the lockout.
Arison is now the third owner the NBA has fined. Wizards owner Ted
Leonsis got a $100,000 fine last year for comments about possible changes to the
league’s salary cap. Michael Jordan, owner of the Bobcats, also got a $100,000
fine for comments he made in August about the lockout.
Players are under no such constraint and several, including
Oklahoma City Thunder reserve center Nazr Mohammed, Detroit Pistons forward
Tracy McGrady and Kyrie Irving, the top pick in the June amateur draft, have
been using Twitter to express their discontent.