Atlanta Hawks Owner’s Fine from NBA for Controversial Comments Is Slap on Wrist

May 12th, 2012 by Brian Mazique Leave a reply »
Atlanta Hawks' owner Michael Gearon Jr. got caught being too much of a fan, and his comments got him fined (in my sarcastic voice) a whopping $35,000. This per ESPN's John Hollinger who tweeted the following:


NBA fines Hawks owner Michael Gearon $35,000 for "publicly criticizing officiating and making negative comments about an opposing player."

— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) May 12, 2012  

This is nothing for an NBA owner, the consequence comes in the reprimand, not the actual fine. I find it refreshing to hear an owner talk like a regular, extremely biased and delusional fan of his team.

Gearon went in on the league for a foul disparity, saying, "we don't get any calls." We've all heard that phrase uttered among our friends, but an owner can't just be one of the guys.

An owner publicly questioning the integrity of NBA officials isn't professional, and it's not a good look for the league—no matter how true it may be. I'm not saying I agree with him, but I can understand how owners may have to bite the blood out of their tongues to keep from speaking up about the officiating.
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