Someone on a basketball team yelled “fucking faggot” because someone yelled something rude to him, and now he has to pay the NBA $50,000. That’s $25k per word, and GLAAD will gladly take the credit for this punishment, of course. But where was GLAAD during the hundreds of other incidents in which basketball players were fined for saying things that everybody else gets to say for free?
I get that GLAAD only cares about words that are supposed to be offensive to gay people (“faggot”, “tranny”), but then why should anyone who isn’t gay care about an organization that only cares about itself? I don’t even care about GLAAD, and I’m gay. Here’s GLAAD earlier today:
We are confident that the NBA will now take disciplinary measures and hasten its work with us to clearly tell all players that there is no place in the game for anti-gay words and attitudes. […] We’ve been speaking with our contacts at the NBA this morning, who are taking this situation extremely seriously. The NBA has already agreed to work with us on developing ways to effectively reach both players and fans with its inclusive message – and agrees that this needs to be worked on right away.
I don’t like that GLAAD gets to stick their nose into an organization that’s rife with all kinds of violence, foul language, and other misconduct only when it benefits GLAAD. One, that makes gay people look selfish (which they are, but still), and two, gay people don’t even watch sports. You expect me to believe GLAAD was watching “the game” last night? Sure.
Also, being a true arbiter of offensive behavior amongst a group of people means being consistently offended by all the offensive things they do, not jumping in only during certain instances of offensive behavior that only affect you. Why is yelling “faggot” more dangerous to a faggot at GLAAD than, say, one man physically assaulting another man? Where was GLAAD during all these other offensive things?
The NBA suspended Andrew Bynum (LAL) for 5 games for his flagrant foul on
J.J. Barea (Dal) during Sunday’s Dal-LAL game and fined him $25,000 for
taking off his jersey as he left the court. Bynum will serve his
suspension at the start of the next regular season.
The NBA fined Phil Jackson (LAL) $35,000 for his comments to the media on
Thursday about how the officials were not calling fouls committed on Pau
The NBA suspended Ron Artest (LAL) for 1 game and assessed him a flagrant
foul for hitting J.J. Barea (Dal) in the face late in Wednesday’s Dal-LAL
The NBA suspended Zaza Pachulia (Atl) and Jason Richardson (Orl) for 1
game for their altercation during Friday’s Atl-Orl game.
The NBA fined Nate McMillan (Por) $35,000 for his post-game comments
criticizing the officiating following Saturday’s Por-Dal game.
The NBA fined Phil Jackson (LAL) and the LA Lakers $75,000 each for
comments Jackson made about the collective bargaining negotiations –
Jackson’s comments were about how many suspect that games will be missed
next season. The league strictly prohibits NBA personnel from
discussing publically anything about the negotiations.
The NBA suspended Charlie Villanueva (Det) for 5 games for initiating an
altercation with Ryan Hollins (Cle) during Monday’s Det-Cle game and for
attempting to escalate the altercation after his ejection by trying to
enter Cleveland’s locker room. He served the first game of the suspension
Wednesday and the remaining 4 games will be served at the start of the
next regular season.
The LA Clippers suspended Eric Bledsoe for 1 game for violating team
The NBA fined New Jersey $50,000 for co-owner Jay-Z having been in the
University of Kentucky locker room during the NCAA tournament, which
violated the NBA rule restricting contact between NBA personnel and
The NBA suspended Dwight Howard (Orl) for 1 game for receiving his 18th
technical of the season (an automatic suspension).
The NBA suspended Quentin Richardson (Orl) for 2 games for shoving Gerald
Henderson (Cha) in the face during Wednesday’s Orl-Cha game.
The NBA suspended Matt Barnes (LAL) for 1 game for escalating an
altercation between Jason Terry (Dal) and Steve Blake (LAL) during
Thursday’s Dal-LAL game.
The NBA suspended John Wall (Was) for 1 game and fined Juwan Howard (Mia)
$35,000 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Mia) $25,000 for their altercation during
Wednesday’s Was-Mia game.
The NBA suspended Andrew Bynum (LAL) for 2 games for his flagrant foul on
Michael Beasley (Min) during Friday’s LAL-Min games.
The NBA suspended Aaron Brooks (Pho) for 1 game for throwing a ball at a
ref during Friday’s GS-Pho game.
The NBA fined Marco Belinelli (NO) $10,000 for his flagrant foul on Shawn
Marion (Dal) during Wednesday’s Dal-NO game and upgraded the flagrant foul
to a level 2.
The NBA suspended Dwight Howard (Orl) for 1 game for collecting his 16th
technical foul of the season. A player is automatically suspended for 1
game for his 16th, 18th, 20th, … technical foul in the regular season.
The NBA fined Erick Dampier (Mia) $10,000 for his flagrant foul on Tony
Parker (SA) during Friday’s Mia-SA game.
Detroit fined Richard Hamilton, Chris Wilcox, Austin Daye, and Rodney
Stuckey for missing Friday’s shootaround.
Sacramento fined DeMarcus Cousins one game’s pay for his fight with
teammate Donte Greene in the lockerroom following Saturday’s Sac-OKC
game. Cousins did not play in Sunday’s game at Phoenix while the team
reviewed the incident.