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Heat Owner Micky Arison Fined $500,000 by NBA for Lockout Tweet

Micky Arison may have made the most expensive tweet in history. NBA commissioner David Stern will fine the Heat owner $500,000 for a remark he made on Twitter about the lockout, according to Yahoo! Sports. That would be the single largest fine ever levied on an individual in NBA history.


Arison couldn't help but reply to a tweet directed at him last week, asking, "How does it feel to be a part of ruining the best game in the world? NBA owners/players don't give a damn about fans ... Fans provide all the money you're fighting over ... you greedy pigs."

"You are barking at the wrong owner," replied Arison on his Twitter account.

That tweet has since been deleted.

We're not surprised Arison couldn't help but reply to an accusation that he's a "greedy pig." We called him a "greedy corporate pig" back in 1996, and we're still a publication non grata with the Heat.

The message was the first sign that there is some division among NBA owners, and the media has long suspected that big market owners like Arison are more open to players' demands. So Arison just wanted to make it clear, that in this instance, he is not the greedy pig you speak of.

Of course, the half-a-million dollar fine gives you an idea of just how rich some of these people fighting over NBA money already are. For Arison, a man worth a reported $4.2 billion, the fine is just chump change.

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