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Lebron James Fined $25K for Skipping Post-game Press Conference

Anklesnap June 4, 2009 Blogs 29 Comments

June 4, 2009 – Dr. Dime

The NBA tonight announced that Lebron James has been fined by the league a whopping $25,000 for his snubbing of the media following the Cleveland Cavaliers final loss of the season to the Orlando Magic in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Lebron James will no doubt be apologizing over and over again this summer for the snub to ensure his reputation isn’t damaged too much. Currently there is an angry reaction among some fans that has been gaining steam. Although Lebron a couple days after the snub stated that ‘no one likes to shake hands and talk after getting beaten up’, NBA fans aren’t buying it. The internet forums and message boards have been on fire since the end of the Conference Finals, talking about how Lebron was acting like a cry baby and calling for Stern to fine the NBA’s brightest star for his actions.

Well it seems that as of tonight, those calling for ‘The King’ to be fined got their wish. So what does NBA Commissioner David Stern think about Lebron’s actions and the fine? Here is Stern’s comments today:

“He [Lebron] asked that I express to the media, the Magic and the fans his apology, and particularly the young fans, because he knows he has a responsibility to all of our fans, and that sportsmanship is appropriate whether you win or whether you lose,” Stern said near the start of his annual NBA Finals press conference.

“He understands why it was necessary for me to fine him $25,000 for missing the media availability….Certainly as it related to the media, we have a rule, you guys know that we’ve had some interesting issues over the years with some of our coaches and the like, and it was inappropriate for me to give someone a pass here,” Stern said.

And for those of you that didn’t get to see the Lebron interview about why he snubbed the media and the Orlando Magic after the Eastern Conference Finals Game 6, here you go:

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  • Melo_Time

    That’s a bit too much for just not going to media session. Maybe $5000 at most. Plus why do they have to go in the first place? Stupid rule.

  • http://www.dinonationblog.com James Borbath( Dino Nation Blog)

    I tweeted this to Dr Anklesnap. Cavs fans are starting a collection to pay Lebrons fine in hopes he will remain with the Cavs in 2010.

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  • Tyler

    LOL, you have to pay his fines to keep him with you? Wow.

  • Tyler

    Why don’t you put a bag over your head when you have sex with him, or duck so noone can see you when he gives you a ride. Or rides you rather.

  • ryan

    suck it up lebron! be a man!

  • ChuyChrist

    OMFG, Relax people, it isn’t like he went and raped somebody! Oops.

  • CapnHaddock

    Just for the record, Lebron never refused to shake hands with his opponents, he just went straight to the locker room and left the arena. This means that he needed to get away for a while and was feeling very down/upset. I completely understood his reaction at that time. He is a human being with emotions.

    However, what he should have done now is taken this opportunity to apologize for his actions and congratulate Orlando. Instead, I saw a rather arrogant response which is hurting his image (his statements actually made it worse!!). “I’m a winner” – how bout a little modesty please? I really hope he gets his head straight soon and comes out with a public apology before it’s too late!

  • Kevin Garnett

    BS fine, anyone would be mad after having such a shitty supporting cast. And to me, it is obvious from this interview (and not just the hat) that Lebron is going to NY after next season. Nothing can stop it now, he knows he is a winner (the 40ppg say so) and he realizes Cleveland is a garbage city.

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  • http://www.vdojunkie.com Video Junkie

    lol @ this “Cavs fans are starting a collection to pay Lebrons fine in hopes he will remain with the Cavs in 2010″ come on now !

  • hoop junkie

    He was all too happy with the posing every time he scored in game 1… Until the Magic stole the game at the end.

  • polmbo

    Ill tell you what when the media stops asking dumb fucking questions then you can start fining players. If you guys what the interview i can give you a taste.

    Dumbass #1: How does it feel to lose and be knock out of the payoffs again?

    Lebron (what he wanted to say): It fucking sucked. I hate fucking losing and I can’t do everything by myself.

    Lebron (what he would have said): Nobody likes to lose. yada yada. Time to start working to make myself better for next year.

    Dumbass #2: Now that you have lost what do you plan to do?

    Lebron (what he wanted to say): Go to Disney Land? What the fuck do you think I’m going to do. I’m going to take a little break, Then I’m going to work hard to become an even better player and pray to god they find someone better than Ilgauskas.

    Lebron (what he would have said): Nobody likes to lose. yada yada. Time to start working to make myself better for next year.

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  • Brumley30

    Are you kidding me? Give the guy an effin’ break he just worked his butt off and lost! I don’t think he was a sore loser he was just tired from doing most of the work.

  • Wowsas101

    Who cares? He is an overpaid cry baby. He should be fined double that. All these pro athletes are douchebags who cry over any little thing. If these kinds of people are role models, our youth are screwed……..

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  • honestly?

    I agree with polmbo 100%. I don’t see why Lebron James had to stay and have the media ask retarded questions about why they lost. He worked hard to get to the conference finals, played hard when he got there, and it sucks to lose at that point, no matter who you are. Let him get away from the court after a depressing loss. There’s no need to fine him for doing something most of us would do given the situation.

  • cleveland_rocks_cavs_baby_everybody_is_hating_on_KING_LBJ

    all yall bitchez are hating on LeBron Jame just becuz yall no he is a great basetball player in he with CLEVELAND i feel where yall come frm cuz ill b doin da same THING bt yall need 2 stop blowin dwn on my nigga mr MVP 08-09 if he would of had a lil bit more help frm the other player we would did good in won it all we did good with Williams,West,Gibson,Wallace,Z,Andy,JJ,DJ,Wright,TK,Wally Saha,sorry if i 4 got anyone like 4 real we got a hell of a team in cleveland are players jus need 2 started feeling good about them self or sould i say they (SWAGGER) in dats how we go be #1 in the NBA bt any who aint nobody hotter then us (PLIES BABY)

    i really dont care bout other teams bt why yall hating on LBJ yall jus mad cuz yall want him on yall team but iam go b the one to speak for LeBron fuck yall pay him lolz dudez hater

  • CapnHaddock

    honestly?, it may be OK for him to behave like that on the day of his loss, but it is inexcusable for him to still show hostility towards Orlando a few days later. I’m sure he would not have been fined if he had just said something like “I obviously was very upset after the loss and didn’t handle it well. I would like to apologize for how I acted and congratulate Orlando on a great series”. But he didn’t say that, instead he gave an explanation that actually made it worse!! He continued to be a sore loser and did not come to his senses. So I can understand why the fine was imposed.

  • tre_03

    When did disagreeing with someone make you a “hater”? And WTF is a hater anyways??? I think it’s a made-up term so that people who eff up can claim some sort of bias or jealousy as the root cause instead of just being responsible adults.

    The NBA makes money because it markets it’s stars. If the stars refuse to be a part of the whole NBA package (which includes media time), why SHOULDN’T the player be fined? I mean…it’s a rule that the players have to make themselves available to the media after the game. LeBron didn’t. Broken rules=fines. Same for everyone else. Being tired had nothing to do with it because if he would have collapsed from exhaustion after WINNING a game, you best be sure that he’d have his @$$ at the press conference talking about the win. LeBron was pissed that he lost and he didn’t want to talk about it. I can see that, but that doesn’t mean that it’s right. Being one of the highest paid players in sports means that after getting your @$$ handed to you in game 6 you have to go out and answer question from the media about getting servers. That part sucks, but I’m sure that fat playoff check more than makes up for it.

  • chris

    the 25k obviously doesn’t leave a dent in his wallet and nobody’s saying lebron is now a horrible guy but it was just a message to both players and viewers (especially the kids) that this was not the right thing to do. no matter how you view it, it’s bad sportsmanship. high-profile athletes have for sure dealt with bigger disappointments in better ways:

    http://thebleacherbums.wordpress.com/2009/06/06/the-king-hit-with-25k-fine-after-snubbing-reporters-and-magic/

    (we just started and would appreciate the visit and any comments)
    cheers

  • famous

    well the only reason why the nba charged him cuz they need the money they spent on recession ( $125 Million ) they gonna start fining every player soon !

  • rapidshare man

    honestly?, it may be OK for him to behave like that on the day of his loss, but it is inexcusable for him to still show hostility towards Orlando a few days later. I’m sure he would not have been fined if he had just said something like “I obviously was very upset after the loss and didn’t handle it well. I would like to apologize for how I acted and congratulate Orlando on a great series”. But he didn’t say that, instead he gave an explanation that actually made it worse!! He continued to be a sore loser and did not come to his senses. So I can understand why the fine was imposed…

  • Tempdeisel

    Listen. Lebron James is by far one of the most talented players and atheletes in the NBA and the world for that matter. For that reason he is put on a pedastal and his every action is judged by people like you and me. As a competitor I can understand James’ frustration with losing. At the same time the dude needs to Sac up and be a man. This isnt high school where you can be a poor sport or a sore loser and its accepted because your an immateur kid. This is the NBA, this is the biggest stage in basketball and for him to have walked off the court without shaking hands is inexcusable. “I cant congratulate a team that just beat me up” . Thats a BS cop out, sore loser remark if ive ever heard one. Be a man Lebron James. nobody cares that he ditched out on the media, the media usually ask insensitive and rediculous questions anyway. But the fact that you dont shake hands and then you dont apologize for it when asked about it is unacceptable. I have lost a lot of respect for him as a person, his talent is undeniable but the dudes a bitch.

  • LeBron Daily

    Now, that Bron is a part of the Big Three (Him, Bosh and Wade) I wonder how criticism will go over with him… and the others… when they lose a tough post season… assuming they get to the post season.