Hawks' owner Gearon fined $35K for disparaging comments
Summary of 3 articles · Updated May 12, 2012
The NBA has fined Atlanta Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. Gearon made his comments on Wednesday, May 9 at a speaking engagement in the Atlanta area. Gearon was quoted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as calling Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett "the dirtiest guy in the league" on Wednesday. The NBA also on Saturday announced Hawks rookie Ivan Johnson was fined $25,000 for directing an obscene gesture toward fans. Garnett responded by both carrying the Celtics to an 83-80 triumph in Game 6 in which he posted 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks, and sounded off after the game on the owner's comments. "My only advice to him is next time he opens his mouth, actually know what he's talking about X's and O's versus checkbooks and bottom lines."