Basketball Player Fined $500,000 for Snowboarding
Los Angeles (Ski Press)-Mainstream sports stars typically have restrictions placed in their contracts for engaging in so-called 'extreme' sports - anybody remember the John Elway commercial where he went "skiing" in his limo because he couldn't actually step on the snow?
But Vladimir Radmanovic of the Los Angeles Lakers may be the first basketball, football or baseball player to actually be fined for snowboarding. According to the Associated Press, Radmanovic was fined $500,000 by the Los Angeles Lakers for a snowboarding trip that ended in the forward injuring his shoulder.
The fine represents about 10 percent of Radmanovic's annual salary of $5.2 million, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Radmanovic was injured during the all-star break while on trip to Utah. He originally told the team that he slipped on some ice.
The Times reports that "snowboarding isn't explicitly banned in the standard NBA contract but skiing is, and the similarity of the two sports led to the fine."