Miami Heat announcing layoffs that in...

Miami Heat announcing layoffs that includes former NBA player W...

There are 45 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from May 14, 2009, titled Miami Heat announcing layoffs that includes former NBA player W.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

The economic downturn has reached the AmericanAirlines Arena offices of the Miami Heat , with the NBA team this week announcing a round of layoffs that includes popular Community Affairs Liaison Wali Jones, among others.

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jesse james

Miami, FL

#1 May 14, 2009
why doesn't "Mr Ego" Dwayne Wade give up a few measly dollars of his huge salary to support the little guys.
critic 1

Boca Raton, FL

#2 May 14, 2009
Disgusting, players making multi-millions, $10 beers and the league and teams are laying off normal working people

Miami, FL

#3 May 14, 2009
When are the players cutting 10% of their salaries?

North Fort Myers, FL

#5 May 14, 2009
good luck Wali, you're a class act

United States

#6 May 14, 2009
The Heat group is the worst! The business side will pay for all of there bad decisions
Broward Voter

Massapequa, NY

#7 May 14, 2009
Sheeyit, the folks getting cut make chump change compared to the players.

Washington, DC

#8 May 14, 2009
A mutlimillion dollar industry laying off 20 people is absurd period. the players spend the salary amounts of those laid off on cars they never drive!

Boca Raton, FL

#9 May 14, 2009
How true. I can't imagine how I would feel if my $30,000 salary was dumped while knowing that the team is paying its players an average of $5 million. The worst part is that half these guys don't do jack except practice, party, and watch games from the bench. The millionaire employees have a union and guaranteed contracts while the little guys get $7 and hour plus the perk of sniffing D-Wades socks once a week.

West Palm Beach, FL

#10 May 14, 2009
how about the players "kicking in" their big bucks and keep Wali.

Miami, FL

#11 May 14, 2009
Arison is making good on his 2006 pledge to stay white.

Chicago, IL

#12 May 14, 2009

Don't spend your money to go see them, and turn off the TV....

THAT WAS SIMPLE (to fix)...
Celtics Fan

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#13 May 14, 2009
My neighbor was just cut by the Heat organization but fortunately secured a good job with Nova University - he is a black man with a Masters degree
so disregard the comment by JAK.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 May 14, 2009
top people including players would be fing heroes if they took a pay haircut so these people would stay, would be a huge positive pr move
Local Guy

Coral Gables, FL

#16 May 14, 2009
Seems like bad economic times is a good excuse. I think it shows a lack of character.

San Antonio, TX

#17 May 14, 2009
Meanwhile you are paying these players Millions of dollars a year while people making 30k -100k get laid off. Makes perfect sense to me.
David Dweck

Pompano Beach, FL

#18 May 14, 2009
Wali is a class act. Met him on the Heat Cruise years ago. He had a positive impact on my children and volunteered to do a clinic in Parkland. He will be missed!

Delray Beach, FL

#19 May 14, 2009
The anwer is to let Spoalstra go. Rothstein can take over and not be replaced! Look at he win-win!

Boca Raton, FL

#20 May 14, 2009
The team is paying the players, above the salary cap, and willpay the league penalty. But they are firing the real workers? The people who run community programs? I hope attendance is down 50% for them next season. The stands were looking empty this year.

Miami, FL

#21 May 14, 2009
Go ahead and listen to Obama and Pelosi. The economy has green shoots. Yea right I shorted the market with another 250 k today and will take the million in profits to the bank in a few months. Raise taxes, run up deficits by trillions in the most severe recession in 100 years. Ship of fools wants National health care? These idiots can not run there own families.
Bobby Logston

Pompano Beach, FL

#22 May 14, 2009
eger wrote:
Meanwhile you are paying these players Millions of dollars a year while people making 30k -100k get laid off. Makes perfect sense to me.
I would like to see fans express outrage and boycott the games. That would really make an impact. Unfortunately, the fans, no matter how financially limited they are, continue to feed the mon$ter.

Players, owners don't give a damn about the little guy, even if it's from their own organization.

The Dwayne Wades and Koby Bryants will not lose sleep over the layoffs, that's for sure!

I've gone from a casual fan to barely caring what the games' outcomes are.

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