Tag:Allen Iverson
Posted on: December 10, 2008 2:19 am
Edited on: December 10, 2008 4:06 am

Finding fines offensive

Whether of not Allen Iverson should have been fined $2,500 for missing practice on Thanksgiving is a different story, (I will spare you all from the expected and repeated jokes about Iverson and practice) but the system professional leagues and teams use for reprimanding players is funnier than Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

The first time I read about a player being fined an amount in the thousands, I thought to myself, "That is a hefty amount of money to chalk up for missing a practice." Until I suddenly realized that a fine of this nature didn't even classify as a slap on the wrist. How do I figure? Well I'm no mathematician, but Iverson makes about $20 million a year (another ridiculous concept that I would love to cover at another time) and $2,500 is only around .001 percent of his annual salary. Now how ridiculous would that sound as a news headline. I can hear it now, "Kobe Bryant was fined .002 percent of his salary for 'accidentally' slapping another player in the face when completing his follow through. In related news, Bryant paid for the fine with change he found underneath his car seat."

If we were to compare this concept to the random working man or woman who earns, let's say $50,000 a year (to make things easy for those of us that are mathematically challenged), I think everyone would really understand the absurdity of these fines for pro athletes. If my boss were to fine me $5 for every word I misspelled or every meeting I missed, I'm sure I would keep that in mind, but it's definitely not something that would keep me up at nights, but if I was fined $5,000 for misspelling a word, you can make darn sure that I would memorize every single word in the dictionary. I'm also fairly confident that if Allen Iverson was fined $2 million for missing practice, he would not only be the first person at practice, but he would have Krispy Kreme doughnuts waiting for the whole team, including the water boy.

It's a simple problem with a simple solution and hopefully I don't get fined more than $25 dollars for this blog...the economy is still more depressing than the Detroit Lions.


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