Shots Fired: Kobe Bryant to Mark Cuban - Amnesty THAT

By Michael J. Igyarto
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

We have certainly had our fair share of “twitter beefs” between athletes as of late, and a new one brewed on Sunday after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Dallas Mavericks 103-99. This social media feud would be between athlete and owner.

Last week, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested the Lakers amnesty Kobe Bryant as he’s due over $30 million in the coming years in a restrictive CBA. Cuban’s comment obviously hit the airwaves and made headlines across the country.

Kobe, a-la Michael Jordan, seems to have taken the comment by Cuban personal. He exploded against the Mavericks, scoring 38 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists. Bryant was 13-21 from the field and seemed unstoppable in the fourth quarter. Kobe is now the oldest player in NBA history to score 38+ points while shooting 60+ percent in consecutive games.

Not long after the game, Kobe, who is fairly new to the twitter-sphere, tweeted this:


The tweet has exploded, and has gained Mark Cuban some unwanted attention on his twitter feed. Cuban seems to be a little agitated at the moment, as he’s retweeting all the hate that is being sent to his mentions. He also continued to rant on twitter saying, “Makes you wonder what twitter is all about and it’s future..No parent is going to let their kids on twitter.” Less than ten minutes ago, Cuban tweeted, “Nice to know there is a least one team and their players, outside of the Mavs, that listen to everything I say.”

Let’s be fair, Cuban is a business man, and has made millions upon millions of dollars because he knows what he is doing. The internet tycoon was simply trying to explain how the current CBA will effect professional basketball teams, including the Lakers. He should have just worded it better, or maybe he should have dragged another superstar into the financial mud.

Kobe Bean Bryant was a man on a mission today, showing Mark and his critics why he deserves that paycheck. Oh, and by the way, Kobe’s paycheck for today’s game was approximately $339,622. Amnesty THAT, Mr. Cuban.


Michael J. Igyarto is a featured columnist and fantasy expert at Rant Sports

Follow Michael on twitter: @windycityiggy


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