Can you imagine if the NBA instituted fines like this?
Half the players would go bankrupt by the All-Star Break (definitely after the All-Star).
You may know Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli from such hits as driving his car into a women’s prison and throwing darts at a group of kids. Now the Italian star has been fined 250,000 pounds by the team for breaking curfew, as he was photographed with a group of friends leaving a strip club at 2:45 a.m. on Friday morning.
Club rules prohibit players from engaging in late-night shenanigans within 48 hours of kickoff. Balotelli played and scored the second goal in City’s 2-0 win over Bolton on Saturday. But following the game, City manager Roberto Mancini was questioned by a reporter about Balotelli’s late night. He hadn’t heard about it, but he said he would impose the maximum fine of two weeks wages if the story was true.
Once he confirmed that the outing did indeed take place, Mancini fined the player who he regards as one of his sons. It is the latest in a number of off-field incidents involving the talented Italian star.
Colorful character this Balotelli guy.