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NBA Fines Blazers Guard Rudy Fernandez $50K For Comments Made By Gerard Darnes

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The National Basketball Association has issued the following press release, announcing a fine for Portland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez for comments made by his European agent, Gerard Darnes, last week.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS' RUDY FERNANDEZ FINED

NEW YORK, October 11, 2010 - Rudy Fernandez of the Portland Trail Blazers has been fined $50,000 for public statements detrimental to the NBA, the league announced today.

The statements, which concerned a desire to be released by the Trail Blazers, were made by Fernandez's agent, Gerard Darnes, on October 6. Fernandez was previously fined $25,000 on August 19 for statements
concerning his desire to be traded or released by Portland.

Darnes first made comments regarding his client in an interview that aired on 95.5 FM's The Morning Sports Page with Dwight Jaynes and Chad Doing.

Darnes followed up that interview with an email sent to members of the Portland media, first published on Blazersedge, further defending his client's request to leave Portland and also making comments critical of the NBA's treatment of international players.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter