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David Kahn, Timberwolves Fined $50,000 for Michael Beasley Comments

Jul 23, 2010 – 5:05 PM
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Anthony Olivieri

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Michael BeasleyMinnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn was fined $50,000 for inappropriate comments about forward Michael Beasley, the NBA announced Friday.

The league also fined the Timberwolves' organization $50,000.

In an interview with ESPN Radio in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Kahn said that Beasley had "smoked too much marijuana" while with the Miami Heat, who drafted the forward second overall in 2008, but has since quit.

FanHouse's Tom Ziller covered Kahn's comments in detail Thursday, pointing out that Article XXXIII, Section 3(f) of the league's collective bargaining agreement states that team employees are prohibited from disclosing "information regarding the use, possession, or distribution of a Prohibited Substance by a player."

The NBA takes the protection of its players' confidentiality very seriously. Despite those practices, Beasley's struggles with alcohol are well-known. He also was fingered in a marijuana-related incident at the Rookie Transition Program in September 2008 before he had played a minute in Miami.

Beasley, who was fined $50,000 for that incident, also had a 30-day stint in rehab before his second NBA season.

A supremely talented post man, Beasley put forth two inconsistent seasons for the Heat, who dealt the former Kansas State star to the Timberwolves for two second-round picks in order to clear room under the salary cap for the additions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

Kahn, in his second season as Minnesota's president, has had a controversial tenure thus far -- infuriating the Wolves' fanbase with his draft picks, trades and signings. Most recently, he traded emerging forward Al Jefferson to the Utah Jazz for virtually nothing and signed underachiever Darko Milicic to a four-year, $20 million contract.

However, Kahn's outspoken nature has defined him further, allowing him to become an overnight YouTube sensation after he compared Milicic to Chris Webber, who, incidentally, was sitting right next to him.
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