Yahoo Sports- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during the Timberwolves’ 106-105 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Target Center, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.
While it may be called the "Sam Cassell Dance" in actual professional sports, it is the "Pedro Cerrano 'Marbles' celebration" first and foremost. Anyone that has any semblance of taste in movies would agree. It was in 'Major League' before it hit the major leagues. I try to abide by one rule in these situations. If it's funny enough it shouldn't be punishable. Pretty much everything Sam Cassell has ever done is funny. Even his fucking looks are funny. I didn't believe in life on other planets until I saw 'Sam I Am'. He presence on Earth actually humanizes E.T. Thanks to Sam, I could be convinced it's based on a true story.
Wait, I thought the NFL was the No Fun League? Jesus Pres, take the Thorn out of your Rod. Kevin Martin is just having a little fun. Has Mr. Thorn not seen 'Major League'? Is he not a Rick 'Wild Thing' Vaughn fan? Better not spite Jobu. Ask Eddie Harris how that worked out. Techinically, I guess grasping your fictional elephantitis of the genitals as you jog back down court is a little inappropriate to the younger viewers. Whatever, they've seen worse on television.
15K for a mildly offensive celebration may not be much for a professional basketball player. However, isn't it kind of piling on? Kevin Martin already plays in Minnesota. That's punishment enough in itself. The Timberwolves haven't resigned a free agent since the first Bush administration. Does the celebration really even count if there were only 12 people in attendance to see it? The game probably wasn't even televised in Minnesota. Even the Bulls fans that were watching probably nodded off from indifference. The only reason this obnoxious celebration should be punishable is it came in a losing effort. Can't be giving the walk off 'marbles' celebration up one with a over a minute left. You're better than that Kevin.
P.S. I can't lie, Sam's is pretty fantastic...