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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  16 responses

NBA Fined Kobe, Rondo and Pierce for Missed Charity Appearances


The NBA handed out financial punishment to Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce for failing to show up at charity events during All-Star Weekend in Orlando. Reports USA Today: “The NBA fined the Los Angeles Lakers guard $40,000 for missing a news conference and a mandated charity appearance for NBA Cares during All-Star weekend in Orlando, according to a league official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about it. In addition, the person said, the NBA fined Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce and guard Rajon Rondo $20,000 each for missing their charity appearances.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    if it is in your contract then fulfill it or pay up, man, some people make that type of money in a year

  • Dan

    cant they schedule all these crap events into the preseason? these guys are supposed to be in the gym when they are not playing a game. stupid fine

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    NBA Cares: except Kobe, Rondo and Pierce.

  • RunNGun

    cosigned nIQ

  • abaci

    that sucks, glad they fined them

  • Alex

    Crap events? Really?? They are supposed to be setting an example and showing that just because they have money doesn’t mean that they are better than other people. They should be going to these events to show that they do Care about people

  • Gregg

    If I was being paid MILLIONS per year to play basketball, I think I could make time to show up to a couple events like this, ESPECIALLY if I was already in town. Come on guys — earn your money.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Hoe @$$ best come when I need you! I be saying jump, you be saying how high to me! Shiiiiiiiii.. Next time you don’t come ’round when I need you to come ’round see what happen to you. I’m only doing this cause I love you.

  • tomtom

    Lol calm down. This isn’t malicious or anything, probs just an organisation issue, these guys do alot for charity, get off ur high horses.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    cosign tomtom. doubt it was malicious. but these are not “crap events.” they are important. a fine seems fair.

  • P-Mac

    Reading this article makes me think that all those NBA Cares ads featuring the NBA All-Stars were fake. It’s like the NBA forces the big name stars to join these programs when they actually don’t want to participate in them (nor do they even care about it).

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    I’s don’t care that I done put you on the track back-to-back-to-back to get me my money! You don’t be needing no time off hoe! 5 nights in 7 days using yo body ain’t nothing to me.

  • BNic

    @ P-Mac You hit the nail on the head. It’s actually in the player’s contract that they have to do certain charity events.

  • Nails

    Yes they do get paid millions. TO PLAY BASKETBALL!!!

    And as far as setting an example goes. Well it’s a pretty bad example to set. COMPLY COMPLY COMPLY COMPLY. It doesn’t matter if what you do actually comes from your heart. Who cares about actual sincerity.

    JUST DO IT! NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE TO PAY THE FINE, BUT THEIR NAMES GET DRAGGED THROUGH THE TRASH? THE NBA REALLY PROTECTS THEIR PLAYERS.

  • Nails

    yes legally they should be paying the fine, its a breach of contract. However does it need to be in the open?

  • dEE

    So I get the whole fine; as players are contractually obligated to make these appearances. Million’s of dollars or $10/hr, when you’re instructed to work, then you work. However, Kobe had his nose broken in the ASG…Man, in any other industry, when you’re hurt on the job you receive $$$$$ not charged with a fine.

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