Fans Support Dan Gilbert, Offer To Pay His 100K Fine

Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert was fined $100 by the NBA, to which fans are now sending donations to help pay the fine.

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Fans Send Donations To Help Pay Fine, GIlbert Releases A Statement

Cavaliers fans are showing their support for owner Dan GIlbert, who was fined $100,000 by David Stern for comments he made over the weekend regarding LeBron James. The support was in the form of donations sent to Gilbert to ‘assist’ him in paying the fine. So much has come his way, that Gilbert released a statement thanking Cavs fans for their generosity.

I would like to say thanks for the incredible outpouring of support by the numerous loyal and passionate Cavaliers fans who have offered to contribute to paying the recent fine I was assessed by the NBA.

The humbling offer by so many is another reflection of the strength of Cavs fans and the people who live and work in this region and are always the first to step up and have each other’s back.

I will pay this fine myself, but would be grateful and highly appreciative for any fan who redirects the dollars they kindly offered to contribute towards this fine to the Cavaliers Youth Fund, which will positively impact our region’s kids through the numerous local charitable groups the Cavaliers Youth Fund supports.”

Donation information: Fans can make checks payable to the Cavaliers Youth Fund and send them to the attention of: CYF, One Center Court, Cleveland, OH 44115. They can also make a donation on-line at www.cavs.com/donate</a>.

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Stern Drops The Hammer On Cavaliers

Dan Gilbert will pay for his comments following the departure of LeBron James – to the tune of $100,000. Stern fined the Cavaliers for Gilbert’s statements:

 

Gilbert is attending the owners' meetings in Las Vegas, where NBA commissioner David Stern said Monday he was fining the Cavaliers $100,000 for the comments.

"He was completely correct in expressing his disappointment," Stern said, adding that Gilbert's statement and the sentiments he expressed in a follow-up interview with the AP were "a little bit extreme."

 

That tells me that Stern really didn’t like Gilbert’s assertion that the NBA’s two-time MVP was throwing games in the playoffs. Needless to say, using the ‘Q’ word is a big-time no-no in the NBA, especially when talking about a figure as big-time as James.

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Gilbert Calls LeBron A Quitter

Dan Gilbert didn’t stop with a scathing letter to fans regarding LeBron James’ departure. Gilbert went on to use the dreaded ‘Q’ word, and I don’t mean Quicken Loans.

“He quit,” Gilbert said. “Not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar.”

Gilbert continued, saying LeBron quit against Orlando in 2009 as well.

“Go back and look at the tape,” he said. “How many shots did he take?”

There is plenty more over at FearTheSword.

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