Did The NBA Really Use Lip-Readers to Fine Bobcats’ Stephen Jackson $50,000?

November 7th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
The NBA has entered a new arena in their quest to restore decency to the league, if you can believe the words of Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson.

In a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer Jackson said he was fined $50,000 after a camera caught him talking to himself after Friday night's 97-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Jackson said the NBA used lip-readers in a new approach to their "respect for the game" mandate, which carries a rule that is seen as over-kill by many to new, dizzying heights.

Bobcats coach Larry Brown also said he was assessed a technical foul in the same game when he responded to an official's call by loudly screaming, "Wow," and Brown went on to say that the respect issue should be a two-way street between officials and teams.

NBA commissioner David Stern has been on a mission to remove the "thug" image from the game, a journey that first began with the implementation of the dress code, and culminating with the new respect policy.

I'm not a fan of the dress code, but I do understand as an employee a person must represent the best interests of the employer when on company time, but the ...

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