Michael Jordan plays in a practice round in the 22nd American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada, on Thursday, July 14, 2011. (Photo: AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)
Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was informed that if he takes part in the American Century Classic celebrity golf tournament he must be mindful of who he is partnered with or face a $1 million fine from the NBA.
Under the guidelines of the league-mandated lockout, owners and other team officials cannot have any contact with players during the labor unrest. Any owner or personnel member who violates the rule will be subject to a $1 million fine by the NBA, according to published reports.
Jordan apparently checked himself with the NBA earlier this week and was informed he could face a hefty fine for improper contact.
So organizers of the ACC must be careful who to include, or who not to include in Jordan’s foursome at the tournament at Edgewood Tahoe in Nevada. Several NBA players are expected to participate including Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Jason Kidd and Deron Williams.
All indications are that Jordan and Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro, who is subject to the same guidelines as His Airness, will not have a problem staying away from the current NBA players.
Jordan, of course, is the first former NBA player to own a majority stake in a franchise.