Heat Owner Micky Arison Fined $500,000 For NBA Lockout Tweets, Says Report

Miami Heat franchise owner Micky Arison has been fined $500,000 by league commissioner David Stern for since-deleted tweets critical of some owners' NBA lockout positions posted Friday, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Arison, considered by most a dove in the lockout talks, and someone eager to get back in session, responded to and retweeted a few fans who were critical of the league's hard line in labor negotiations. In response to one tweet that chided owners for being greedy, Arison responded that the fan was "barking at the wrong owner."

The revealing tweets were a change of pace, considering that Arison, who also runs Carnival Cruise Lines, usually just uses his Twitter feed to chat about Guy Fieri and cheeseburgers.

Arison is at least the fourth team owner fined for lockout comments this summer. The Wolves and Blazers were reportedly fined for comments made by team executives. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was fined earlier this offseason after he spoke with an Australian newspaper about the need for a hard cap.

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