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Player accuses NBA of Twitter harassment

Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:05 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2011 7:52 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Social networking: it's not just for your teenage daughter and the dork that lives next door any more. 

The NBA has opened an official, verified Twitter account -- @NBA_Labor -- to add their message to the labor discussion during the ongoing lockout. The account's profile promises to provide "Collective Bargaining news and facts directly from the NBA office."

The account currently boasts more than 1,000 followers, even though it has only posted four messages. All four attempt to correct the record on a labor issue, whether it's the amnesty clause, player compensation or the all-important revenue split.

On Wednesday, the account sent a message to Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva and Oklahoma City Thunder center Nazr Mohammed to dispute their understanding of the revenue split.

"Owners last proposal was a 50/50 equal split of BRI, the agreed-upon revenue share between the league & players," the message read. The National Basketball Players Association disputes that the owners offered a true 50/50 split because of the deductions taken off prior to the splitting process.

The NBA's official account then retweeted the message to its more than 3 million followers.

Mohammed replied: "Don't tweet me during this lockout! Isn't that a fine or something lol?!?! #NBALockout That's hilarious! I can't workout at our team's facilities or have contact with coaches but @NBA_Labor & @NBA can harass me on twitter lol SMH"

Mohammed is referencing the NBA's gag order, which provides NBA players and their teams from having contact during the lockout.

Correcting the record is one thing and a noble goal, but this feels like a heavy-handed and petty approach from the league, especially when no real negotiations are taking place. 

NBA players: there is only one way to respond. Hit that block button and lock out the league from your Twitter feeds. Make this a lockout blockout.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:23 pm

Player accuses NBA of Twitter harassment

who cares?  hockey is better anyway...

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:56 pm

Player accuses NBA of Twitter harassment

The NBA is even laying the smackdown on them on Twitter. Honestly, how badly do these guys have to lose to finally realize they're being pantsed by the NBA? This is a greater rout then Oklahoma State vs Kansas in football. It's comical.

No one respects these NBA players. They have no backbone, intellect or sense of logic. Even the NFLPA had some clue. They knew when they were beat and did something to save face. All they do is talk, tweet and further illustrate how moronic they are.

David Stern won. He won big. Billy Hunter didn't have a chance with the people he had to represent. I feel badly for him, because he's actually done a decent job before this negotiation. He has neanderthals like Garnett blowing up meetings then has to read the tweets of athletes who have no clue about mathematics or economics. I mean how many of these guys took any courses in college on anything?

The NBAPA should take the 50-50 deal and be glad they're getting that. They're still making 4.5 million on average and have good benefits. There are 19% of American citizens who'd just be happy to have a job with any benefits. Get a clue, sign the deal and get back to play.

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:36 am
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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:48 am

Player accuses NBA of Twitter harassment

How bout airplanes carrying those long messages on them at the beach....I bet those would be fun to read.....

I'll say it again....This is much better than the NBA season itself....NBA otherwise is ho-hum, and easy to quickly change the channel to watch the 'fake' history channel search for 'loch-ness monsters' again...

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:52 am

Player accuses NBA of Twitter harassment

Hmmmm, are you SURE this isn't about two teenage girls arguing over something stupid?  Can someone's homeroom teacher take away the Twittering devices from all parties please, so that this crap doesn't have to be reported as "news" ?!?

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