The Spurs’ Stephen Jackson was recently fined for a hostile tweet he direct towards Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, according to Yahoo! News.
It’s being reported that Jackson may have been sticking up for his former teammate Metta World Peace, who is now playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Metta and Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka had a bit of a confrontation during Friday’s game, prompting Jackson to jump to his friend’s defense on the micro-blogging website.
“Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That’s a promise. He doin 2 much,” Jackson tweeted. The comment has resulted in a $25,000 fine.
After NBA Executive Vice President Stu Jackson announced the punishment, the Spurs’ player deleted the offending comment from Twitter and apologized for his behavior.
“I apologize to Serge Ibaka, the NBA, and to all my fans for the comments I made,” Jackson wrote. “It was unprofessional and childish.”
ESPN reports that Spurs general manager RC Buford was supportive of the fine levied against Jackson for his behavior.
“The recent public comments made by Stephen Jackson are absolutely unacceptable, cannot be tolerated and do not reflect the standards held by the San Antonio Spurs,” Buford explained.
If there’s any ill will between the players, then it could manifest when the Spurs square off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 17.
Stephen Jackson and Metta World Peace played for the Indiana Pacers during 2004. World Peace, who was once known as Ron Artest, received a extended vacation from professional basketball after participating in the so-called “Malice at the Palace” fight after a game in Detroit.
For his role in the scuffle, Metta was suspended for a whopping 86 games. Jackson was sentenced to the bench for 30 games. Given their history, it’s not altogether surprising that Stephen jumped to his former teammate’s defense.
Do you think Stephen Jackson should have been fined by the NBA for making an inappropriate tweet?