Stephen Jackson’s “Artestifying”


And I thought I had stuck my foot in my mouth when I declared the Jazz dead one season – just before they went on to the Western Conference finals.

San Antonio Spur Stephen Jackson was fined $25,000 on Sunday for a tweet defending former teammate Metta World Peace, a.k.a. Ron Artest. The Lakers’ player had earned a technical along with Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, prompting Jackson to tweet this message: “Somebody tel serg Abaka. He aint bout dis life. Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That’s a promise. He doin 2 much,” he tweeted.

Ron Artest
Associated Press Photo

That is so wrong on so many levels – including the laws of spelling, grammar and punctuation.

He later tweeted an apology.

Saying what you intend in print is harder than it looks. Avoiding saying something you’ll regret is apparently even harder.  High profile athletes are finding that out. Delonte West once tweeted about sleeping in his car due to mental and financial issues.  Shannon Brown tweeted that he definitely didn’t have an affair with teammate Pau Gasol’s “woman.” Just in case you were wondering.  Or in case you weren’t.

Since the professional leagues can’t really stop the flow of raw information, I figure they’re doing the smart thing in fining the offenders. Still, I have a hard time imagining why athletes complain about the mainstream media blowing things out of proportion, then cause their own troubles – no help at all from reporters.

Me, I don’t get fined for dumb comments. I just have to live with the reader blowback.

I just can’t understand why athletes don’t shut down their Twitter accounts for good. A keypad is a dangerous thing in the wrong hands.

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