David Stern has had to put up with a lot over his 25 years as NBA commissioner, but he’s probably never had to endure the wrath of a player’s angry grandmother.
That’s about to change, courtesy of Joel Przybilla’s granny, who has apparently vowed to write Stern every day until she gets a response. Why is she so ticked off? Stern gave her grandson a $7,500 fine for his role in an incident during the Blazers-Hornets game on Friday that resulted in Tyson Chandler getting kicked out of the game. Not only was Przybilla not tossed, he ended up shooting free throws. So why the fine? Video of the brouhaha after the jump.
Here’s the incident, which in addition to an ejection earned Chandler a one-game suspension:
You can see why nana’s so upset. Przybilla did get in a couple of shoves, but it’s clear that Chandler was the instigator of the situation, and the referees agreed. Somehow, Stern still decided that Przybilla needed to pay for having the gall to get in the way of Chandler’s flailing forearm.
Jason Quick brings us the news of the subsequent letter-writing campaign in his OREGONLIVE blog:
Remember the movie “Shawshank Redemption”, where Andy Dufresne wrote a letter every week to the state to get books for the prison library? Well, the same concept is underway with the grandmother of Blazers center Joel Przybilla. The octogenarian plans to write NBA commissioner David Stern a series of letters complaining about the $7,500 fine Przybilla received for his part in an altercation with New Orleans center Tyson Chandler on Friday.
Przybilla says he was “stunned” by the fine but was otherwise handling the news OK. Grandma? Not so much:
“She said she is going to keep writing Stern until she hears back from him,” Przybilla said smiling. “And believe me, she will.”
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