Mark Cuban Fined $25K For Twitter NBA Comments

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News Posted: Mon, Mar 30 2009 7:34 AM
You know, Mark Cuban has an excellent point: Twitter may not have a business model just yet, but it can no longer say that no one's making money from it. Over the weekend, the eccentric and outspoken Dallas Mavericks owners (not to mention a media mogul in his free time) decided to lash out once more against NBA referees. Not that lashing out is anything new for Cuban, as he's been fined around $1.5 million in total and suspended from three games -- and that was from his 14 previous fines!

Shortly after a 103-101 defeat by the Denver Nuggets, Mark fired up Twitter, logged on and penned the following: "How do they not call a tech on JR Smith for coming off the bench to taunt our player on the ground ?" So far as we can tell, it currently stands as the most expensive Tweet in history at just over $1136 per word. You see, the National Basketball Association slapped Cuban with a staggering $25,000 fine for his digital comments, proving that referee bashing won't be tolerated in any public fashion, even over Twitter.

As you can see below, Mark doesn't seem to take issue with being fined, and as his past illustrates, he firmly believes in paying the price for free speech. Still, $25,000 for a single Tweet? Should've made your profile private beforehand, Mark.

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Mar 30 2009 8:20 AM

I can see them fining him if he got in a ref's face during the game. But fining him for posting a hypothetical to outside media? That sounds like a violation of his right to free speech.

Too bad they didn't fine someone who would put up a fight over the 25k.

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Drago replied on Mon, Mar 30 2009 1:14 PM

this is stupid, i hope Cuban takes this all the way to the supreme court, cause what your personal opinion is is just that. So what if you tell it on a public forum, yell it on the radio, scream it on the TV. It is an opinion, it clearly was and the NBA is full of themselves for infringing on the rights of free speech. Seriously if Cuban was in the refs face cussing him out like in his other 14 fines then that would be something to fine him for, instead he posts a simple message and gets fined for it. Hell if that is the case, than any sports reported that said the exact same thing should be fined to. Its getting to the point where if you say something that isnt agreeable by the organization you are reporting on, you get in trouble. That isnt free speech, its communism. The first amendment gives us the UNALIENABLE RIGHT to speak and say our minds WITHOUT FEAR OF REPRODUCTIONS.

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acarzt replied on Mon, Mar 30 2009 1:43 PM

The thing is tho, that it's an association and if he still wants to be apart of that association he has to play by their rules. He can choose not to be a part of that association and bad mouth them all he wants and not pay a fine. Then he can express his rights all he wants... but if he wants to stay a part of the NBA he has to do what they say.

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I think this is similar to the guy who lost his job offer from Cisco because he tweeted a stupid comment about hating his potential job, while it does seem to infringe upon free speech there are repercussions for your actions.

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