Heat Owner Micky Arison: Donald Sterling Getting the Last Laugh

by December 23, 2011

Micky Arison admitted that he was one of the owners who voted against the new labor deal (largely due to increased revenue-sharing), and laments that reprehensible Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling gets to enjoy a basketball revival in Clipper-Land thanks to the controversial Chris Paul acquisition. From ESPN: “The NBA fined Arison $500,000 for a series of comments on his Twitter account because he referenced league business during the lockout. One of the tweets responded to a fan who asked about what Arison thought about the oft-criticized Clippers’ owner. Arison responed with a ‘lol.’ … ‘Looks like he’s going to get the last laugh,’ Arison joked, referring to the Clippers’ recent blockbuster trade to acquire Chris Paul. He also called the Sterling tweet ‘silly.’ Arison couldn’t resist talking about Sterling during the interview. One of the reasons Arison voted against the deal was because the Heat, who play in a mid-sized market, were slated to write revenue-sharing checks to the major-market Clippers in the way deal was structured. Though that may change with interest in the Clippers surging and their revenue increasing. ‘Donald may write some checks and maybe he’ll do it happily now,’ Arison said. ‘Maybe I changed his luck with my tweets.'”