Brandon Jennings' Twitter Fine: Tweet Costs Bucks Rookie $7,500 (PHOTO)
The NBA has fined Brandon Jennings $7,500 for a tweet written after a double-OT victory in Portland on December 12. The content of Jennings' tweet was hardly controversial -- he merely expressed his joy at team returning to a .500 winning percentage:
Back to 500. Yess!!! "500" means where doing good. Way to Play Hard Guys.
But Jennings violated an NBA rule barring players from tweeting until after players have finished speaking with the media after games.
In late November, ESPN.com punished writer Bill Simmons for writing negative tweets about two radio hosts at a network that partners with ESPN. More recently, Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson tweeted that he was "borderline offended" by a trade offer for him. And just yesterday, a Bills linebacker trashed a new teammate via Twitter.
Jennings has enjoyed a breakout rookie year, highlighted so far by a 55-point performance last month against Golden State