Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  31 responses

Miami Heat Owner Micky Arison Fined $500k for Lockout Tweets

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

When the NBA lockout began, it was reported that front-office execs had been warned that they could face fines of up to $1 million for speaking out of turn about the work stoppage.

So far, no one has said anything dumb (or honest) enough to warrant such a punishment, but Miami Heat owner Micky Arison came pretty damn close.

Last weekend, when taking a break from shamelessly promoting his cruise ship, Arison used his Twitter feed to answer fan questions about why NBA business has been halted, and the League decided he’d been a little too forthcoming.

Arison got a financial slap on the wrist five times bigger than the one Michael Jordan did for blabbing about the lockout.

Yahoo! Sports has details on the heavy fine:

The NBA fined Miami Heat owner Micky Arison $500,000 on Monday for recent comments he made on Twitter that violated the league’s censure on speaking publicly about the lockout, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The fine is one of the largest for an individual in NBA history.

NBA commissioner David Stern came down hard for what was a clear undermining of the league’s selling point that the owners are united on demanding sweeping and unprecedented financial givebacks from the Players Association. While the union has long believed there are severe splits between big- and small-market owners, this was the first public sentiment from such a high-ranking NBA official confirming it. … The response clearly fortified the belief Arison is part of a more moderate group of owners, mostly from big markets, who don’t share the opinion of the majority of hardliners who think the NBA needs to keep the players locked out to achieve financial concessions.

Whatever divisions may exist between the League’s team owners — and you can be sure that there are — we’ll likely be kept in the dark about them going forward. Because even though these guys are billionaires, $500k has to sting, even a little bit.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Tell Stern you wiped your ass with the $500,000, Mickey.


    y so high? didn’t mj get like a 100k.

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  • Yesse

    Stern is just mad, because he is not in the same boat with Stern or the majority of the owners.

  • Kinetik

    stern be b*tching ‘coz arison aint on the same boat.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    This is insane. You know I’ve actually been in the minority and been siding with Stern and the owners on this dispute, but this is ridiculous. He posted, “You’re barking at the wrong owner,” and gets that huge of a fine? That’s almost $100,000 per word he wrote. That’s just INSANE.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He got a bigger fine because his offense was worse for the owner’s cause. And because it came after Jordan’s fine, which should have been a warning.
    And honestly, when you’re a billionaire, $500,000 is not a big deal. Come on people.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I had no idea MIA was a “big” market. The city itself is around 400,000 people, that doesn’t sound like a big market to me.

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    @HollyBaller you must be a billionaire, Why in the hell are you on the owners side? SMH

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    ^^^ He’s in the 1%

  • Heals

    That’s one way to revenue share. Too bad for Stern no matter how much Mikey was fined, it still doesn’t change the fact that he’s right. I really enjoy seeing Stern out of his comfort zone, not as big a bully after he gets hit on chin…

  • dma

    shouldn’t announcing the fine and what he did, make stern guilty as well for even more exposure to the problem?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Arison gained fans and support by doing this. $500,000.00 too help his image. Too bad the Heat only have like 5 die-hard fans and 2 of them frequent these threads and didn’t need this too like their owner…

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    $500,000 is nothing to the Heat’s owner. But I think it was worth it. And he knows it was worth it. because he was letting the real Heat fans, and the band-wagoners they have acquired, that he wants to play. Basically he was telling them not to be mad at him once the lockout is over and to still come to the games. I think that is worth a 500k. Ain’t like he isn’t going to make it back. We should not be mad at all the owners, just the ones that don’t know how to manage their teams, don’t know how to draft good players, don’t know how to spend their money, and are now trying to make the players pay for their past mistakes & F’ups.

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    lol @nbk. i basically said the same thing, but you posted first. (looks like I’m just repeating your comment)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no stress man, keep up the good work lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Mickey is a smart dude.

  • bull22

    last year eddie made that bold prediction that the heat were not not going to win it all, therefore punking alot of lebron behind kissers on this site, LOL classic! i wonder what he thinks now that arison made foolish mistake of making that comment on twitter and if there is ever a season, it may comeback and haunt him… thanks micky you may have just insured your team being delayed again in winning a championship…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^ see what I mean. Eboy already knew that

  • bike

    LeBron and Wade put him up to it. They also covered his fine. Lot of stuff going on behind the scenes.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Mickey bought his team so he and his son could have something to bond over. Think about how rich that makes him. He spent hundreds of millions of dollars just for father and son time instead of dropping $200 for a hoop in the driveway. Different lifestyle.

  • MLK4Life

    The other owners who are responsible for the lockout still being in place put Stern up to it. To fine him this much. Stern is a puppet at times for those owners who are whining about competitive balance and all the other craziness. As if the Wolves, Cavs, Blazers or Raptors will ever win a championship lol. The titles are won in the NBA by the big market teams unless a team hits the lottery and drafts a Tim Duncan or a LeBron James. I’m with Mr. Arison on this. Poor Clippers owner who has Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon on his young, solid team. Poor Blazers owner who has one of the best PFs in the game. If Brandon Roy had cartilage in his knees and Greg Oden wasn’t injury prone in his own right, things would be different in the minds of the Blazers organization. Let’s face it. If the stars want to play together, they’ll play together. Period.

  • Chukaz

    I don’t get how Stern, who works for the owners, can fine the owners. If i was someone’s boss and they fined me, i’d fire them and pay the fine with the money i’m saving from not having to pay someone’s salary. Big Market teams should revolt against the other owners. Small market owners want to limit big market owner’s spending power, but they want revenue sharing. If your Jerry Buss you can now only spend like 70 million on players but your still gonna have to shell out 50 million extra to help out small market owners. Jerry Buss and James Dolan should call for Stern’s head

  • EtheKnickFan

    DARTH STERN (cue Slick Ricks “The Ruler’s Back” as theme song)

  • http://www.slamonline.com biged

    I dont think that small market owners really want to limit spending. there is a peice on espn.go.com (for mobile devices) that explain why bad teams stop spending. Its not just because they dont have the money. it’s because that they know they are bad, so what is the point of wasting money if you are not going to get better, just wait until you have something that is worth the money. and you can still be good without spending money i.e: bulls and thunder. the problem is that the small market teams want a fair shot at the big name free agents which they dont have. because the only other way they will get good is by drafting good and that is where they F up. Lakers are a big market team but, they drafted good. They got Kobe and Fisher and in this decade they got Bynum out of the draft, while small market teams draft cats like Adam Morrison, Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Kwame Brown. You gotta spend money to make money, but you have to spend it wisely.

  • http://www.slamonline.com house

    Yes, more proof that Stern is a complete douchebag.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Lol I’m a college kid making $9 an hour at a car dealership. DEFINITELY in the 1%. No, I just use my brain when I think, unlike what seems to be 75% of the people who comment on here.

  • bball fan

    $500K to a Billionaire is a joke really. Let me put it in perspective – If you make $50K per year and got the equivalent fine, it’s like being fined $25 bucks. If I were Micky, I’d tweet it again just to make it clear that he’s not one of the owners keeping this deal from happening and that Stern’s fine laughable.

  • http://www.hooppunks.com Nada

    @jtaylor21… Miami-Dade county… which im from is home to 2,500,625… that 400k is just a section. Allot more than your small town of 17people in whogivesadamn, getthehellouttahere! We’re a BIG market clearly… one of the most populated places in the states and you see how often stars are in and out of here. Get yo mind right boy!

  • Khalid

    There seems to be a lot of odd people that support a person like Arison. Stern should have doubled the fine. He is nothing but an arrogant SOB.