Tuesday , Nov , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA Fines Brevin Knight, But Why?

The NBA Fines Brevin Knight, But Why?

If the NBA wants to solidify its reputation as an organisation which hates its players, it’s been going about things the right way lately. After instituting rules governing their dress both on and off the court, making them play with a ball they (almost) all despise and telling the zebras to drop a t-bomb on them whenever they so much as scratch their balls, Stern and pals were beginning to run out of ways to let their talent know they consider them equal to shit.

Thankfully, one of the brains behind the scenes realised they could tighten the clamps a little more with a beautiful one-two punch of a weak ejection and an unjustified fine. Let’s take a look back at a report from Sunday’s Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte Bobcats point guard Brevin Knight expects to be fined by the NBA for comments made Friday, following his ejection from a loss to the Seattle Supersonics.

He doesn’t regret those comments. He repeated the central point Saturday: That he believes NBA referee David Guthrie cursed at him, provoking the situation between the first and second technical fouls.

"If I have to get a phone call (from the league office), then I’ll deal with it,” Knight said Saturday. "Some things need to be said, so they would be said.”

So, do I really believe that Guthrie cursed at Brevin Knight? Honestly, I do. It’s not the sort of accusation a player’s just going to pull out of his ass, especially one with as decent a reputation as Knight’s. That said, refs are still people (just barely), and you can expect them to slip up every once in a while, so I’m not going to make out that this should be seen as some sort of a scandal. What I do feel, however, is that Brevin should be able to speak his mind without the league crapping on him for it.

Consequently, this fining particularly pissed me off.

Brevin Knight of the Charlotte Bobcats has been fined $10,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 2:21 remaining in the Bobcats 99-85 loss to the visiting Seattle SuperSonics at Charlotte Bobcats Arena on Friday, Nov. 10.

If you’re going to take ten grand from a guy for defaming the league, go ahead and do it. But please, at least man up and admit why it is that you’re punishing the dude. Are you telling me that this “failing to leave the court in a timely manner” verdict couldn’t have come any sooner? After all, the game in question was on Friday of last week. Is there no statute of limitations on these petty levies?

Do you think the league is really fining Knight for his comments? Has the NBA been right in its actions thus far? Let me know your thoughts on the matter by leaving a comment on this article.