The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
David Stern $2 Short At Burger King, Fines Mark Cuban $2
Originally posted 12/8/2003

Stern realizes he's a couple bucks short
NEW YORK - NBA commissioner David Stern fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $2 after discovering that he was $1.95 short on his Burger King chicken sandwich value meal this week. Stern, who said he rarely eats fast food but likes Burger King because "they make the best chicken sandwich out of any of them," had only a few singles and change when he left his office at NBA headquarters in Manhattan to go to lunch Tuesday afternoon.

"I thought what I had would cover it," Stern said. "What can I tell you? I wanted to add on onion rings and a chocolate shake. So sue me."

Cuban was apparently reached by Stern via cell phone and agreed to pay the fine immediately, whereupon Burger King assistant manager Orlando Perez agreed to give Stern his order.

"I've had just about enough of being fined by the NBA," outspoken Mavericks owner Cuban said in a Wednesday press conference. Cuban has received over $1,000,000 in fines from the league office since he bought the Mavericks almost four years ago. "But I couldn't really complain about $2, even if I'm not sure why I was fined this time."

"He's Mark Cuban, for Pete's sake," Stern said when told of Cuban's comments. "I'm sure he said something this week we can fine him for. In fact, questioning the motives behind an NBA fine is a fineable offense. That's it: he's fined again. Hey, who wants to go for a Whopper?"

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