San Antonio Spurs forward, Stephen Jackson is being fined $25,000 by the NBA for tweeting a threatening message to Oklahoma City Thunder forward, Serge Ibaka.
Jackson posted the following to Twitter, before late deleting it:
“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.”
ESPN reports Jackson later tweeted an apology (or it was tweeted on his behalf by someone who cares about spelling and grammar):
“I apologize to Serge Ibaka, the NBA, and to all my fans for the comments I made,” Jackson tweeted. “It was unprofessional and childish. I’m not a thug just a man who speaks his mind. It was not appropriate. I do apologize. Only a man can admit when he’s wrong.”
The Spurs’ general manager, R.C. Buford, issued a statement condemning Jackson’s actions. Buford wrote in an email to the Associated Press, “The recent public comments made by Stephen Jackson are absolutely unacceptable, cannot be tolerated and do not reflect the standards held by the San Antonio Spurs.”
The initial tweet is said to have been in response to Ibaka’s altercation with Los Angeles Lakers forward, Metta World Peace, who is Jackson’s former teammate.