San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson was slapped with a $25,000 fine Sunday by the NBA for threatening Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder in a tweet. Ibaka and Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace had tangled in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s victory Friday night, prompting Jackson to say in a since-deleted tweet:
“Somebody tell 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.”
It isn’t clear whether there would be additional punishment by the Spurs. “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,” General manager R.C. Buford told the Associated press in an email.
Jackson apologized to Ibaka on Twitter, posting on Instagram: “I apologize to @sergeibaka, the NBA and to all my fans for the comments I made. 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.”
Jackson was involved in the 2004 “Malice at the Palace” incident when he and World Peace, then Ron Artest, played for the Indiana Pacers. Jackson was suspended 30 games for his role in that brawl, Artest for the rest of that season (which turned out to be 86 games).