NBA Is Way Tougher on F-Bombs Than Obama's FCC

While the NFL is embroiled in a scandal over athletes threatening death to other athletes with racial epithets, the NBA is fining coaches for fleeting expletives. Yahoo Sports reported Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman was fined $20,000 by the league for ranting at a post-game press conference.

This is tougher punishment than anything Obama's Federal Communications Commission has done, as the networks and the nation's leading courts have made TV safe for fleeting, unbleeped expletives. After years of inaction, Obama's outgoing FCC boss Julius Genachowski threw a huge pile of complaints on the trash heap.

Wittman said, "Well, you tell me what you thought the problem was. You watched the game. Commitment to f***ing playing defense. It's what it is," he said. "It's what it boils down to, all right? It's a thing our guys haven't learned and I've got to figure out a way."

Yahoo forwarded a Twitter joke from Kevin Broom: "League office needs to watch #Wizards play before fining Wittman. Coach deserves a prize for swearing only once."

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis