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July 13, 2011

Michael Jordan risks fine to play golf


Don't expect Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan to yell "fore!'' if an errant tee shot heads Deron Williams' way....And MJ won't be hugging Jason Kidd after making a long putt.

Jordan has been cleared by the NBA to play in the American Century charity golf tournament this weekend (and that's him above, in Wednesday's practice round). But under NBA lockout policy, Jordan can have no interaction with the four current NBA players also participating in the event. The NBA has threatened stiff fines in these situations, and Jordan would be no exception.

Williams, star point guard of the New Jersey Nets, said he'll say hi to Jordan if he encounters him, but won't be offended if Jordan can't return the gesture.

 "It’s just the rule. It’s what the owners want,'' Williams told media Wednesday. "He’s an owner. It’s his rule. It’s not the players. We didn’t lock the owners out.''

If you're interested in watching Jordan and the rest, the American Century will be televised on Versus Friday (4-7 p.m.) and NBC Saturday and Sunday (3-6 p.m.)

Posted by Observer Sports on July 13, 2011 at 03:50 PM | Permalink



Posted by: Bill Wilson | Jul 13, 2011 4:35:35 PM

MJ does his talking at the black jack tables dawg....

Posted by: diddy | Jul 13, 2011 4:40:20 PM

How exactly does the league police this? Spies? smh....

Posted by: TheREALJD | Jul 13, 2011 4:55:53 PM

What about at the strip club later?

Posted by: TP | Jul 13, 2011 5:03:44 PM

Come on, guys?
The issue here is common sense, and y'all know it. And there's no reason to think Jordan will not adhere to it.

My point was that the league is very sensitive to this, and that's simultaneously understandable and funny. It's not unlike those NCAA rules, where you can nod in someone's direction, without engaging in conversation.

Just found it amusing.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jul 13, 2011 6:30:24 PM

In the realm of things, who gives a !@#$%.

NBA- Nat'l Byebye League.

Posted by: eduardo | Jul 13, 2011 9:36:29 PM

sounds like some middle school girls making rules for their cliques.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 13, 2011 10:26:35 PM

NBA = National Baby's Association
NFL = No Fans Loved

The players accuse the owners of "corporate greed" but how is that any different than the greed of the players? I mean, come on... these guys get paid huge money to play a stupid game!

With the current economic situation and almost 1 in 10 Americans unemployed... this whole situation is absolutely ABSURD!

Fine, give the players what they want and then tax the suckers at 98%!

I don't really care if either league ever plays another stupid game!

Posted by: John | Jul 13, 2011 10:35:02 PM

MJ can have a member of his posse just roll over and slap fives with the members of the nba posse's. Afterwards, they will all hook up in their expensive cars, at the most expensive restaurant, and order the most expensive things on the menu, and then go to the most expensive strip club and see who can spend more money on hoes. Sadly, in five years, only MJ will still have a car, a house, fine food, and hot chicks. The others will be broke saying "uuuhhhh, what happened?"

Posted by: john holmes | Jul 13, 2011 11:13:46 PM

I guess Mark Cuban didn't get the message !!What a hoot - onstage with the team at the ESPY's.

Posted by: bobfan1 | Jul 13, 2011 11:29:15 PM

So it's safe to assume that Mark Cuban will be fined for talking to his players at the ESPY's?

Posted by: Jlr | Jul 14, 2011 12:19:50 AM

Beyond absurd.

Posted by: Harold Ward | Jul 14, 2011 7:51:56 AM

And you thought the government was too involved in people's lives.

Posted by: maggerds | Jul 14, 2011 8:23:18 AM


Posted by: tpmuzik | Jul 14, 2011 12:38:37 PM

Cuban was givien permission by the league. Knowledge is power.

Posted by: digal704 | Jul 14, 2011 3:09:28 PM

If there is one thing that Cuban has proven in his time as an owner, it's that he doesn't give a D&%^! about fines. He is in it because he loves the game and wasn't ever good enough to play himself. He loves to be around his players and he treats them well regardless of cost. And ya he got permission first too.

Posted by: Zack | Jul 15, 2011 12:25:54 AM

well heck nice comments except for that capslocked one but anyways i would find it hilarious if mj decided to pay the fines and effyou the owners and wink at the players because well he can and also he delayed the announcement of his second retirement for to facilitate the players in that last strike but great copy sure hope mj embraces those player on national television i swear it because mj is cool and calculating whereas baby kryant failed to spring for that victory parade awhile back when la said hey we cannot pay for this (and justify the expense in thesehere times) but kryant could have generated fantastic goodwill by coming up with a million to fund the parade what with his past but he blew it in the calculations huh

Posted by: wonkwonk | Jul 15, 2011 2:24:07 AM

This show has been brought to you by the master puppeteer David Stern. Kind of has a Nazi Germany feel to it. David needs to control everything, make sure everybody is on point so he can fix he "problem" he allowed to happen.

Posted by: Bob | Jul 15, 2011 9:20:14 AM

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