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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 4:35 pm  |  28 responses

San Antonio Spurs Sued By a Fan for Sitting Out Four Healthy Players


The San Antonio Spurs angered the NBA when they sent home four healthy players prior to a nationally-televised game against the Miami Heat. For that, the League docked them a cool $250K. And now, someone is suing the Spurs for their act, claiming that head coach Gregg Popovich violated the state of Florida’s deceptive and fair trade practices law. ESPN has more: “On Monday, Larry McGuinness filed a class action suit in Miami-Dade County, stating that the team’s head coach, Gregg Popovich, ‘intentionally and surrepticiously’ sent their best players home without the knowledge of the league, the team and the fans attending the Nov. 29 game against the Heat. McGuinness contends that he, as well as other fans, ‘suffered economic damages’ as a result of paying a premium price for a ticket that shouldn’t cost more. Before the game, Popovich sent Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green back to San Antonio, saying that he believed that resting his top players for their fourth game in five days was a smart decision. [...] ‘It was like going to Morton’s Steakhouse and paying $63 for porterhouse and they bring out cube steak,’ said McGuinness, who said he bought his ticket on the resale market. ‘That’s exactly what happened here.’ [...] Some could argue that the Heat fans got their money’s worth. That’s because the team barely beat the undermanned Spurs, 105-100 that night. McGuinness said that doesn’t mean a game with the Spurs top players couldn’t have been more exciting. McGuinness said he didn’t believe that the Spurs were served with the lawsuit yet. Team spokesman Tom James said he was not in the position to comment on the case.”

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  • shutup

    He will not win a dime……

  • Caboose

    Jack@ss. Hope this dude loses a bunch in legal fees without getting a cent.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    uhm, San Antonio has nothing to do with the marketing of a game in Miami. You didn’t go to a Morton’s Steakhouse in San Antonio, you went to one in Miami. Which is a fundamental issue with suing the Spurs.

  • Redd

    In theory, a fan could sue a team with good players that are doing bad (Lakers) or a team that’s doing bad with top draft picks on their team (Wizards).

    Also can sue for benching good players (Heat). This is stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    America…..

  • Max

    Stupid a$$ just wants some media attention.

  • speedy

    He paid to see two teams. What he did.

    Who plays is still the decision of the one coaching the team.

    If the players are hurt or out because of personal reasons he can’t sue them either and that is something he knew when buying a ticket. I would be stunned if a court would penalize the action of a trainer, because that would interfere with his rights.
    But hey it’s america.

  • Mike Mahalow

    This is 100% Stern’s fault. I wouldn’t have been an issue, but by fining them, he’s making it look like the Spurs are in the wrong, which they’re not.
    I went to a game and one of their starters was injured and didn’t play. Time for me to sue somebody.

  • Jerome

    Why day gon get dem players go home. Mad, me. Money back, me get.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrea-Cavalli/757338131 Andrea Cavalli

    I’m getting a bit tired of this whole Spurs/Popovich/starters/non-starters thing. It happened, what, 3 months ago? Can we all please move on? It’s in the past. Or do we have to keep hearing about it for the next 5-10 years?

  • MikeC.

    I’m pretty sure tickets have legalese on the back protecting the teams from this kind of nonsense.

  • LakeShow

    Gotta keep hearing about it.

  • LakeShow

    Taking on Darth Stern???
    This can’t end well…
    Dun dun dun, dun dundun dun dundun.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OFJENYSCAHKDYPOOMA4UKH3SEI Matt

    Is Larry McGuinness also know as Stavid Dern?

  • vtrobot

    Damn straight. You don’t get a refund for your concert ticket if the band didn’t play the song you “paid to hear.” How can we reduce the number of idiots in the world? Jeezus.

  • pposse

    u can get a refund if you go to the movie theatre and did not like the movie you have seen. I have witnessed people get their money back for that numerous times.

  • mhm

    Are u in america cuz I have never seen that before

  • pposse

    yes, i live in America and i have seen it in front of my very own eyes on a couple different ocassions. Apparently you can complain that the movie was not what you thought it was going to be or that it was too violent etc. etc. both the Muvico and Regal Cinema gave refunds to the patrons. Its not common, most people have never seen that before probably cause the theatres won’t tell you about their refund policy.

  • pposse

    dudes an attorney, so his attorney fees are not a concern.

  • Laumol

    If he bought a ticket to see Spurs players, tough luck. If he bought a ticket to see a good game, he got his money’s worth. Next!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    thats what i was thinking too

  • Comment_System

    Shoutout to Eboy.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I have seen that and most of the time the managers just don’t feel like dealing with the hassle. It doesn’t happen often so it’s probably a drop in the bucket for the theater that charges 12 dollars a ticket.

  • vtrobot

    Great, dude. That sounds like a really silly policy. Are you using it to argue to that this fan should get his money back? Or are you just pointing out that some silly refund policies do exist? I hope those movie theaters have some guidelines (movie can’t be more than 1/2 over ???) or maybe they’re just itching to give away free views of movies. There is a rating system that now also provides a quick description of the movie content that caused the rating. F*ck stupid whiners.

  • pposse

    no i didnt say that he should get his money back, just silly refund policies exist. i have no idea what the guidelines are…

  • mhm

    Ahhh true and the policies are usually wrote in tiny letters on a sign in a corner

  • http://www.facebook.com/simon.chiu.10 Simon Chiu

    he’s from Florida after all

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