Posted December 5, 2012 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Spurs to Catch Heat Over Joke Halloween Pic [Photo]

“If somebody dressed like [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] was there, I probably would have done the same thing with my little sword. I think it was a joke,” Ginobili told mysanantio.com Monday after practice. nypost

In NBA terms, this would be funny but not fan friendly funny! On Halloween, some Spurs players went out to a Marvel Comic Book Characters theme party. During the party, Spurs’ Tony Parker and Tim Duncan put toy guns on (someone dressed up like) NBA referee Joey Crawford and took a picture. Somehow Deadspin.com got a hold of the pic, and went viral with it over the weekend. Teammate Manu Ginobli (dressed up as Zorro) released a statement to the media on Monday (quote above). The Spurs just got a $250K fine for sitting top players (to rest) against the Heat, and now face another stiff fine for this joke photo.

In an oversensitized media generation, a simple photo can turn into a stiff fine (and even suspensions) to protect liability for the NBA corporation. Technically, a kid could look at this photo, not know they were joking and commit a serious crime because of the guns, or think guns are ok because his/her sports role models are carrying guns. The referee (portrayed) in the pic could sue the NBA corporation and/or players involved for slandering his name. Liability pops up on a whim in this media generation, as interpretation is skewed largely by the viewer, and gobbled up by mainstream media networks. – @SportsBata