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  • Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has drawn a fine for speaking ill of NBA refs on Twitter.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has drawn a fine for speaking ill of NBA… (Louis DeLuca/MCT )
January 09, 2013|RedEye

That's one less car Mark Cuban can buy on a whim. The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks was hit with a sizable fine by the NBA on Wednesday for criticizing the referees on Twitter. He's not the first to get in trouble for tweeting, and we suspect he won't be the last.

$500K: Micky Arison

The NBA was not pleased when the Miami Heat owner undermined the league's position in October 2011, during labor talks with players. Arison was responding to a fan who called the owners "greedy pigs."

Offending tweet: "You are barking at the wrong owner."

$50K: Mark Cuban

Add this to the approximately $2 million in fines the outspoken Dallas owner has accrued over the years. Must be nice to be loaded.

Offending tweet: "Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 years to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help."

$30K: Helio Castroneves

The former Indy 500 winner got in hot water for insulting IndyCar race director Brian Barnhart in September 2011.

Offending tweet: "Making the famous @paultracy's words mine: Brian Barnhart is a circus clown!"

$25K: Chad Ochocinco

In August 2010, the NFL brought the hammer down on the receiver for tweeting during a preseason game. Rules are rules, but come on, it's the preseason!

Offending tweet: "Man Im sick of getting hit like that , its the damn preseason [bleep]! 1day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers , #Tylenolplease"

$7,500: Brandon Jennings

Man, you can't even be happy on Twitter. The NBA slapped the Milwaukee guard with a fine for posting after a game in December 2009.

Offending tweet: "Back to 500. Yess!!! "500" means where doing good. Way to Play Hard Guys."

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