San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson received a $25,000 fine from the NBA for posting a threat to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka.
Jackson wrote: "Somebody tell serg Abaka. He aint bout dis life. Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That's a promise. He doin 2 much."
Jackson subsequently deleted the message from his Twitter page and issued an apology.
Jackson, who hasn't played since Nov. 11 due to a broken right little finger, issued a statement that read: "I apologize to Serge Ibaka, the NBA and to all my fans for the comments I made. It was unprofessional and childish. I'm not a thug, just a man who speaks his mind. It was not appropriate. I do apologize. Only a man can admit when he's wrong."
Spurs general manager R.C. Buford wrote in a statement, "The recent public comments made by Stephen Jackson are absolutely unacceptable, can not be tolerated and do not reflect the standards held by the San Antonio Spurs."
The original post followed the Thunder's 114-108 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, during which Ibaka had a minor scrap with Jackson's ex-teammate, Metta World Peace.
World Peace, then known as Ron Artest, and Jackson were members of the 2004-05 Indiana Pacers team that engaged in an epic fight with the Detroit Pistons and fans in Auburn Hills, Mich.