NBA Fines Stephen Jackson $25K For Threatening Tweet Toward Oklahoma's Segre Ibaka

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Dec 10, 2012 12:41 PM EST
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich (L) talks to shooting guard Stephen Jackson during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 6, 2012."

San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA Sunday for a threating statement he sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka over Twitter.

"Somebody tel 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," he tweeted.

The tweet was Jackson's reaction and defense for former teammate Metta World Peace, who got tangled with Ibaka during the Los Angeles Lakers game with the Thunder on Friday, which earned both players technical fouls.

Jackson later deleted the tweet and apologized for his remark.

"I apologize to Serge Ibaka, the NBA, and to all my fans for the comments I made," Jackson tweeted. "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 and World Peace were teammates on the Indiana Pacers. Jackson infamously backed up World Peace during the "Malice at the Palace" in Detroit, which resulted in heavy suspensions for both players. Jackson had to sit out 30 games while World Peace was suspended for the entire 2004-05 season.

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