Mark Cuban Fined $25K for Twitter Trash Talk

Internet billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was filed $25,000 over the weekend for “tweeting” his thoughts about the elbow that Denver Nuggets player J.R. Smith threw at the Maverick’s Antoine Wright.

Cuban appears to have kept his sense of humor about the fine, though it strikes me as ludicrous, given the relatively innocuous nature of his comments (and frankly, footage that suggests that he was right).

Twitter Post 1:

how do they not call a tech on JR Smith for coming off the bench to taunt our player on the ground ?

Post 2:

scary part of that play: Same crew chief from game in Denver where they missed call – last play of the game & 1st JRSmith/Wright issue.

Post 3:

just found out got fined25k by nba.) nice

Post 4:

can’t say no one makes money from twitter now. the nba does )

Post 5:

how much fun would it be if it could twitter whatever i wanted during mavs game. Fun, but expensive :).

Post 6:

Cuban — who made his fortune when he sold Broadcom to Yahoo for nearly $6 billion in Yahoo stock in 1999 — has been outspokenly criticizing NBA calls for years, and has amassed close to $2 million in fines as a result. A few years ago, ESPN even ran chronology of those fines and the absurdly funny reasons behind them.  You can find it here.