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Mark Cuban Fined For Twitter Rants Against Ref

January 09, 2013 11:00 AM by Megan Wilson

Mark Cuban, Shark Tank financial mogul and Mavericks owner, discovered that some comments he’d made on Twitter about NBA officiating were going to cost him-to the tune of $50,000.  The outspoken financial guru has yet to address the fine.  What did he say to land him in hot water?  Keep reading!

Mark Cuban is known for not mincing his words.  He frequently says exactly what’s on his mind, and has done so since buying the Mavericks in 2000.  On Saturday, after a 99-96 loss to New Orleans, Mark took to Twitter to vent his frustration over the officiating.  “I’m sorry NBA fans,” he tweeted.  “I’ve tried for 13 years to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any suggestions? I need help.”  The offending tweet earned him a $50,000 fine, which was confirmed by NBA officials yesterday.

This isn’t his first fine for speaking out about official’s shortcomings, either.  It’s been estimated that Mark has been fined over $2 million for his comments-mostly after a Mav’s loss.  His previous fine was back in February of last year, after Mark spoke with ESPN about an official’s performance during a Mav’s game against the thunder (Which the Mav’s lost).  “I haven’t said a whole lot about the officiating in a long, long time, but I haven’t seen it this bad in a long, long time. Guys miss calls; that’s part of the game,”  Mark said.  “You’re not always going to have a great crew. Officials have got to learn that’s part of the game. But these were officials that have been part of the league for years, and it was just off-the-charts bad. And, if no one ever says anything, nothing ever happens.”

We are sure that Mark will have something to say about the fine.  Do you think a $50,000 fine is fair?  Let us know in the comments!

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2 Responses to “Mark Cuban Fined For Twitter Rants Against Ref”

  1. angie Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I guess freedom of speech is no longer FREE is it? Screw all the dirty officials!!!!!! There ya wanna fine me too for speaking the truth….

  2. Debbie Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I dont think he should be fined its America free speech and all of that. Do officials get fined when its proven they made a bad call? The only thing I would worry about is if you do speak out against the refs they will get revenge by making you loose your games by continuing to make bad calls more often?

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