Stephen Jackson fined $25,000 for public comments
The San Antonio Spurs announced late Sunday evening that Stephen Jackson would be fined for public comments he made on Twitter. Jackson made threatening remarks on his Twitter account towards Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka. According to NBA press release, the fine is for $25,000. The fine was a cooperative effort between the team and the league.
“Somebody tell serg Abaka. He aint bout dis life. Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That’s a promise. He doin 2 much.”
“The recent public comments made by Stephen Jackson are absolutely unacceptable, can not be tolerated and do not reflect the standards held by the San Antonio Spurs,” Spurs GM R.C. Buford said in a press release issued by the team.
It’s assumed the tweet came in response to a little dustup Ibaka had with Ron Artest (still not calling him the other name) in OKC’s 114-108 win over the Lakers on Friday night.
Jack has since deleted the tweet in question and issued an apology on Instagram… which he then tweeted. Major companies have social media managers who don’t cover their bases as much as Jack did. I would guess that Jack also took a photo of his “I’m sorry” face and posted it on Facebook, while checking in on Foursquare. He’s smart enough to be off MySpace by now.
The fine is coming for comments made against Ibaka, although the fine could also have something to do with a recent Q&A Jack did with Chris Palmer over at ESPN.com. In the piece posted at ESPN Playbook, Jack talks about the Malice at the Palace from 2004 and, ahem, how much he enjoyed punching one of the fans.
When I hit that fan, I definitely enjoyed it — until that fine came down. That $3 million I lost killed me. It brought me back to reality because I could have lost my job.
It was wild because it had never been done before. And it will never happen again so, yeah, adrenaline was flowing. How many people can say that they’ve punched a fan?
Amid recent events, this isn’t the message the Spurs want to put out into the world. For Jackson, who will gross at least $10 million this season, the $25,000 isn’t a big deal. It’s obviously nowhere near the $3 million he lost when suspended in the fallout from the brawl in Detroit. He’ll be fine.
This is more of a move for the Spurs to show the public they’re trying to handle the messages their players put out in the world. And to show Jackson and other players that there will be consequences for negative comments issued on any and all channels.