Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  10 responses

Charles Barkley: Michael Jordan’s $100k Fine ‘Drop in the Bucket’

According to Sir Charles — and basically, everyone else on the planet — the fine that the NBA gave Michael Jordan for publicly discussing players and labor issues during the lockout was nothing more than a small, silly slap on the wrist. From ESPN: Charles Barkley doesn’t feel sorry for his buddy Michael Jordan, who recently was fined $100,000 for talking about the NBA lockout, but Barkley doesn’t like the league’s gag order. ‘Well, it’s a drop in the bucket for sure,’ Barkley said Thursday. ‘But I don’t like all those rules about not talking about the lockout.’ … ‘I mean what else are you going to (be) talking about? There is nothing else happening,’ said Barkley, an NBA analyst for TNT. ‘There is no summer league and training camp starts in less than three weeks. ‘The notion that nobody is going to ask you or talk about the lockout is silly. I think everybody should be talking about it, so we can get this thing done.’”

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  • 23clear45

    $100k…a drop in the bucket!!! I wish I made $100k in a year. That’s an awful lot of money to me as a fine. I guess the rich have plenty of money to throw away…and I am a huge fan of Michael Jordan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Is Chuck making sense???

  • T-Money

    max: never. also, mj likes his money – 100k is not a drop in the bucket.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    T-Money, given that Mike makes almost $220k per day off of Nike endorsements, I think the fine really is nothing to him.

  • MLK4Life

    Charles makes a lot of sense most of the time. And he’s making sense here. $100K is nothing to Michael Jordan. And these rules are silly. Players can’t talk to coaches, etc. All of it is ridiculous. You need permission to go to one of your players weddings. Nonsense.

  • http://therurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Chuck is right that players, owners, coaches, GM’s etc need to be talking about this. They need to talk to each other and often. Specifically coaches, they are the ones that really have the best dual relationships with players and owners, they would have the best understanding of both sides and it seems that they should somehow be leveraged to try to make the deal and create understanding.

    A $100k fine more MJ is a relative ‘drop in the bucket’, but I bet he’s still mad over that. I just got a parking ticket for $67.00 and I’m pissed about that. Not because it’s so much money but the principle of it (I really don’t think I deserved the ticket as the sign was not physically there). I’m sure MJ doesn’t think his comments warranted any fine, and although he can easily afford it, doesn’t meant the fine isn’t going to be somewhat affective going forward.

  • LA Huey

    ^Better pay that ticket if you got dreams of being ‘NUPE WORLD PEACE’


    100K is a bad night at a casino for Sir Charles.

  • bike

    Chuck is right on with objecting to the gag order. It gives the impression that the owners are hiding something. And don’t be surprised if MJ eventually has his day of reckoning. Thinking back to his playing days, everyone should remember what can happen if you piss him off.

  • iLL will

    Mike got some deep pockets, so yeah, a hundred K is nothin.