The San Antonio Spurs have fined forward Stephen Jackson $25,000 for the “hostile” Twitter message he sent Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka over the weekend.
“The recent public comments made by Stephen Jackson are absolutely unacceptable, can not be tolerated and do not reflect the standards held by the San Antonio Spurs,” general manager R.C. Buford said in a statement.
Jackson’s tweet read: “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.”
The tweet was in response to the mini-altercation Ibaka got into with Metta World Peace Friday night when the Thunder played the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ibaka and World Peace got tangled up after a basket and each of them pressed their forearms into the other’s chest. Some words were exchanged but nothing escalated after that and the players were quickly broken up.
The Oklahoma City crowd reacted quite a bit clearly remembering what World Peace did to James Harden last season.
Ibaka has gotten into the faces of a few players over the past few years and is trying to be more of a tough guy it seems for the Thunder. Playing alongside Kendrick Perkins might be rubbing off on him somewhat.
Whether Ibaka is about that life or not, Jackson’s tweet is out of line and there is no surprise a fine went his way. The Spurs reportedly consulted with the league office about the fine.
This little Twitter feud between Ibaka and Jackson adds to the increasing rivalry between the Thunder and Spurs, who met in the Western Conference Finals last season.
The Thunder will play the Spurs next Monday, Dec. 17 in OKC.