Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on March 30th, 2009

Mark Cuban Fined For Twitter Comments

Mark Cuban responded to the lack of 'tweeting' by NBA officials on their whistles with some of his own. The notorious Dallas Mavericks owner has been fined $25,000 for recent comments he posted on the social micro-blogging site, Twitter. The NBA’s true maverick, Cuban made the posts to voice his outrage at the league’s officiating in Dallas’ friday night loss to the Denver Nuggets. The topic of Cuban’s “tweets” specifically referred to a call concerning Nuggets player J.R. Smith and Mavs player Antoine Wright.

First post (7:25 pm - March 27):

now do they not call a tech on JR Smith for coming off the bench to taunt our player on the ground?

Second post (10 minutes later):

scary part of that play: Same crew chief from game in Denver where they missed the call - last play of the game & 1st JRSmith/Wright issue.

Third post (over the weekend):

just found out got fined 25k by nba.) nice

Fourth post (over the weekend):

can’t say no one makes money from twitter now. the nba does )

Fifth post (yesterday):

how much fun would it be if it could twitter whatever i during mavs game. Fun, but expensive : ).

Sixth post (yesterday):

May I should set up an “incogtweeto” account. Think they would figure out it was me. Yeah, my lousy grammar would bust me : )

Honestly, who is surprised by this? This isn’t the first time Cuban has been fined for his candid nature as an owner. Just this past January in Denver, Cuban was fined $25,000 for outbursts over a foul that wasn’t called on J.R. Smith, the same player from this weekend’s no call. This incident isn't even his largest fine accrued. Following the 2006 NBA finals, in which Dallas fell to the Miami Heat, Cuban was fined $250,000 by the NBA for repeated misconduct. Cuban is no stranger to controversy or criticism of the league. He has always outspoken and brings the swagger that cities like Dallas embrace in their ownership.

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