Here is the story of Milwaukee Bucks NBA rookie Brandon Jennings, fined for making a Twitter post too soon after a double overtime win. Enjoy the story and a rap video too because we chill on Right Fielders, don’t you know.
Believe it or not, NBA rules explicitly say that players cannot tweet “during” game time. Game time is defined to include 45 minutes before and after each game. Effectively you are expected not to tweet while in the arena. And yes, the NBA really does have this rule as part of their official “social media” policy.
Brandon Jennings’ Tweet came only 15 minutes after the hard-fought game had ended on December 12th between Milwaukee and Portland in which his team won 108-101. All he tweeted was “Back to 500. Yess!!! “500” means where doing good. Way to Play Hard Guys.”
And no, Brandon Jennings was not fined for bad grammar or playing for a basketball team that loses half of their games. He was fined for one of the many offenses that the NBA has concluded distract from a player’s ability to fully discharge his abilities on the floor.
You can still read the message which got him into trouble. It is located on Brandon Jennings’ twitter page where he uses the handle “Yungbuck3.” We’re not sure if that pseudo is a reference to team pride or if he has Tiger Woods aspirations instead. Read more about the story here and here.
This particular rule is foolish. It would be one thing to tweet while taking a free throw or even on the bench, but back in the locker room after the game is over? Who really cares.
They threw the book at him too. Brandon Jennings was fined $7,500 by the NBA league office which for a rookie is not chump change.
Tell us what you think about the NBA ruling. Is it fair what they did to Brandon Jennings, fined for tweeting after a game?
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