Hawks’ Gearon fined $25K for tampering
Hawks owner Michael Gearon was fined $25,000 Thursday for making
comments that violated the NBA’s anti-tampering rules.
The fine was announced by Joel Litvin, the president of league
and basketball operations, and was the third handed down in recent
days for violation of the rules.
Gearon was fined for comments that appeared in
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 19, when he said
he’d be willing to subject the team to the luxury tax if it could
sign Cleveland’s LeBron James to a maximum contract. Gearon also
discussed Miami’s Jermaine O’Neal and Cleveland’s Zydrunas
Ilgauskas in the interview.
Teams are not allowed to talk about players on other teams until
free agency opens July 1.
Dallas owner Mark Cuban was fined $100,000 on Saturday and
Phoenix Suns president Steve Kerr $10,000 for public comments they
made, both about James.