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Old 05-23-2012, 01:40 AM    (permalink
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Well...**** it...I guess since they can't win a ring to shut people up they'll just go hit them, suits them just fine I suppose.
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Oh cuz Dexter Pittman is so a key player on the Heat, and people are clammoring to see if Pittman is gonna win a ring this season.

ONE Heat player hit a guy. I am not saying its right or that it was okay cuz it was such a useless player, but u are clumping one Heat player in with them all. U win as a team and lose as a team. But one moron punching another player on the other team is an individual thing.
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Pittman did it because LeBron had asked him to, you know this.
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:47 AM    (permalink
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Oh, thanks for clearing that up. Woo-hoo, we got a conspiracy! LeBron told Pittman to break a dude's collarbone.
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:50 AM    (permalink
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Oh, thanks for clearing that up. Woo-hoo, we got a conspiracy! LeBron told Pittman to break a dude's collarbone.
No, he nudged him into giving Stephenson payback for the choke thing.
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I'm sure he paid him. You don't do that **** for free.
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Pittman should be banned for life for that hit. If he's not, what's to stop some team sending out their scrub players to intentionally injure the other team's stars? If not life, a very long time.
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No, he nudged him into giving Stephenson payback for the choke thing.
Well, in Bron's defense, Scrub Stephenson only plays when its a 20 point game, and would never be on the same court as LeBron. Howard talking to him and I think he even apologized, and Pittman shouldn't have done that. But Pittman is a ******* moron, and if he is suspended, so be it. Won't give Spo the option of starting him.
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Ron Artest beat the **** out of a fan, and was back after a year. The only thing that will get you banned for life (outside of murder) is gambling on the game you're playing.
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Yea I don't see a ban coming...Ron has pushed those boundaries a few times lol
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Nah, thats not punishing the Heat to ban him. If u really want a punishment to the Heat, make the Heat start Pittman every game.
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Ron Artest beat the **** out of a fan, and was back after a year. The only thing that will get you banned for life (outside of murder) is gambling on the game you're playing.
John Drew disagrees.
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Thanks for making me look that up.
I would have stuck to Birdman's suspension for whatever the **** he took, but John Drew works better.
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I had to look it up too lol
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Well, in Bron's defense, Scrub Stephenson only plays when its a 20 point game, and would never be on the same court as LeBron. Howard talking to him and I think he even apologized, and Pittman shouldn't have done that. But Pittman is a ******* moron, and if he is suspended, so be it. Won't give Spo the option of starting him.
1st of all LoL Lance Stephenson.

Doesn't matter if LeBron asked him to do it or not. LeBron was not going to risk getting suspended he is actually very important to the heat. Jordan had Rodman, Oakley etc, LeBron has Pittman.
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He winked, he ****** it all up ny winking. Cant wait to hear his quote on that, if its even worthy. Dont wink, go to the locker room after the game and high five or whatever they do.
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1st of all LoL Lance Stephenson.

Doesn't matter if LeBron asked him to do it or not. LeBron was not going to risk getting suspended he is actually very important to the heat. Jordan had Rodman, Oakley etc, LeBron has Pittman.
Please go on with your infinite wisdom.
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Ron Artest beat the **** out of a fan, and was back after a year. The only thing that will get you banned for life (outside of murder) is gambling on the game you're playing.
Hasn't happened but I think striking a ref would call for a ban. I know its not on the same scale but like that player in brazil that decked that ref; he got a lifetime ban.
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NBA players' union executive director Billy Hunter utilized union funds to support former NBA forward Charles Smith's attempt to overthrow the National Basketball Retired Players Association, sources say, one of several maneuvers that inspired union president Derek Fisher to call for a business review of the union's activity.

The players' union is currently being investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan, sources have confirmed.

Recent reports by both Yahoo! Sports and Bloomberg News detailed a number of other expenditures and hirings made by Hunter without executive committee oversight. The financial support of Smith is another one, sources said.

Smith, a former players' union vice president and staunch supporter of hiring Hunter in 1996, was ousted as NBRPA executive director in the fall of 2010 after pursuing deals that violated its existing group licensing agreements without executive committee approval.


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Several months later, as Smith fought to win back his position, the NBPA's late lead counsel, Gary Hall, told a retired players' association representative that the NBPA was in full support of Smith, would pay his legal fees and play "the race card," if necessary, sources said. Smith is black and Danny Schayes, selected to replace him, is white. Hall's comments were made, sources added, with Hunter present.

The hiring of Hall, a close friend of Hunter's for more than 30 years, prompted accusations of cronyism from several player agents because no formal job search was conducted. Hall, 67, died last spring. Schayes could not be reached for comment.

The NBPA's support of Smith resulted in the players' union withholding its annual contribution of $300,000 to the retired players during the height of the dispute and hiring the law firm Blitman-King to work on his behalf, sources said. The players' union's 2010-11 expense report filed with the Department of Labor shows that Blitman-King received a total of $31,608 from the players' union, although the reason for the payments is not identified. Hall worked for Blitman-King before Hunter hired him as his lead counsel in 2005.

Smith and several supporters attempted what retired players' association sources refer to as "a coup" during the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend, demanding that the executive committee that ousted Smith step down en masse for abusing its power. Smith has since started a separate organization for NBA retired players called the Professional Basketball Alumni and sources say Hunter is now splitting the annual $300,000 contribution between the PBA and the NBRPA.

All these maneuvers were made and fees paid without the knowledge of the players' union's executive committee at the time, a committee source said. It is not clear if or when members of the executive committee were informed after the fact.

Arnie Fielkow, a former New Orleans politician hired as the NBRPA's CEO last fall, declined to comment on the battle with Smith but did indicate there was a rift with the NBPA at one point.

"We do have a relationship back with the union again," he said. "We're looking to strengthen that relationship."

Hunter also declined comment, a union spokesman said, and senior partner Bernard T. King of Blitman-King did not return a call to his office. Smith also refused to address his relationship with Hunter, writing in a text, "I wish the RPA leadership well. I hope they find some more important things than to be concerned about the Professional Basketball Alumni. Sounds like they want me back. Lol."

After initially supporting Fisher's request for an independent review of the players' union's activity, the eight-man executive committee reversed its position and asked Fisher to step down as union president, a request that Fisher has refused.

Several labor attorneys, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the legality of Hunter's maneuvers would depend on the players' union's by-laws.

"I don't think you can say it's illegal, per se," said Ronald Schechtman, managing partner and chair of Pryor Cashman's Labor and Employment Group, of Hunter using union funds without executive committee approval. "Each organization develops its own relationship between senior management and the board. Hunter has been there forever. There's more latitude than there would be with a newer executive."

The question in supporting Smith so aggressively is whether the players' union had any business picking sides and using its resources to undermine an organization meant to serve its constituents in the future. Supporters to have Smith reinstated were able to gather only 90 signatures, roughly 15 percent of the 500-plus players with an NBRPA membership, at the time, a source said.

"It raises questions as to why [Hunter] didn't inform the board about something so political," Schechtman said. "There are times when an executive director and the board become part of a conflict. [But] there's a fair question of whether he was acting for the good of the organization or he was going rogue."
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A dude got a forearm to the throat. I will not give a hell yeah.
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HAHAHA. That was funny. :) The act was pitiful and it made me more enraged with the Heat than I already am.... but this reminds me of the olden day Pistons and Bulls. I hope Indy comes back hard and retaliates.
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