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Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 4:15 pm  |  8 responses

Randy Wittman Fined $20,000 for Swearing in Press Conference


The NBA slapped Wizards head coach Randy Wittman with a $20K fine for using naughty language in a conversation with reporters following Washington’s 109-102 loss to the Sixers on Friday night. From the press release: “Washington Wizards’ head coach Randy Wittman has been fined $20,000 for using profane language during his post-game press conference following the Wizards 109-102 loss to the 76ers on Friday, Nov. 1, at Verizon Center, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i would cuss to if the seat i’m sitting on is basically on fire.

  • danpowers

    funny how i its ok to use militant language or broadcasting stations showing violence on tv all day every day, but every little nipple popping out in public, every little f*ck, sh*t or curse in general is a scandal? find the bug…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Uhm, entertainment vs being a professional.
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    At a press conference you are not only representing yourself, but the organization that you work for.

  • burnt_chicken

    in a different way than professional actors, writers, and directors represent the networks they work for (the same networks that will showcase both types of entertainment, no less)? I’m confused–aren’t the interviews provided as entertainment as well? Or are sports important in some way I fail to grasp…?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    They are viewed differently. Their situations are different. I mean that’s a pretty wild association but for the hell of it let’s say it’s comparable. .
    If an actor has signed a contract, explicitly outlining actions/comments such as this as a fine-able offense, then of course they should be fined. .
    But I don’t think that fundamental similarity exists. Beyond that, there is a slew of differences that I’m sure you know of off the top of your head. Stemming from public relations to stability of said position…..

  • danpowers

    totally understand that. but why should a curse be seen as something offensive in general? i dont get the point at least not as long as militant language seems to be ok. thats a double standard i dont really cope with

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Because it is seen as offensive by a large portion of the American public. The same portion of the public who don’t watch the TV shows with that type of language. The audience for the NBA is quite a bit more diverse then the audience for Falling Skies.

  • danpowers

    which is kinda paradox as this comes from the same country which’s entertainment industry educated people like me and all around the world to curse in the first place lol

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