Former WSU star Klay Thompson has comported himself well in the NBA since being drafted 11th overall by the Golden State Warriors nearly two years ago, but he got himself into just a little bit of trouble the other night during a scuffle that broke out in a game with the Indiana Pacers.
If you haven't seen it, you can watch it in the video to the right. You'll see Klay just sort of milling around before shoving Pacers center Roy Hibbert from behind. It was a fairly innocuous move, and David Stern fined Thompson $35,000 for the trouble -- a relative pittance for someone making $2.3 million, as Klay is this year.
No matter. Mychal Thompson is pissed.
Klay's father is never at a loss for words, and he just so happened to have the opportunity to tell the world what he thought of his son's shove and subsequent fine when he went on the radio in the Los Angeles area the next morning. Here's part of the transcript, via Believe the Hype:
"I saw Klay mixed up in the beginning, tied up with George Hill," Mychal said. "I say to myself, don’t do nothing stupid now, don’t throw a punch, don’t throw the ball at anybody."
"Then Roy Hibbert turned his back & [Klay] was like ‘now’s my chance’!"
"I was like ‘you idiot’!"
He then went onto say that he recorded the incident to show his wife Julie who was out at the Cheesecake Factory buying Mychal Thompson some salmon for dinner. When she got home he said, "sit down & watch your dumb son"
That's not the best part, though. Although Klay is the one earning those paychecks, it turns out the money's actually going to Mychal and Julie for safekeeping, because they apparently don't trust the son they raised to make wise decisions with it.
This was the first time that Klay has ever been fined for an on court indiscretion in his NBA career & the consequences will be more noticeable to him than just the $35K fine. The 23-year-old doesn’t have access to his money, all cheques are paid to Mychal & Julie who take care of his accounts for him to make sure Klay’s financial situation is set up for his post NBA career.
So, naturally, Papa Thompson’s going to teach Klay a lesson of his own by fining him personally also, however, Klay will find out the old fashioned way.
"He will [find out he's been fined by us] when he sees that cash envelope show up a little short this week," he said.
The consensus around NBA circles is that this is all pretty funny, because "hahaha lookit Klay Thompson has an allowance and his dad aired him out on the radio!" Also, that this is good parenting, because NBA players sometimes find themselves broke when their careers are over. I'll let the parents in the audience debate the merits of taking all your kid's money and giving him a stipend rather than teaching him how to actually manage it.
Of course, this all should should really come as no surprise to any of us. Remember this little ditty when Thompson got busted for pot?
"I've been in that situation many, many times and chose not to do it. You've got to be better than that, you've got to be smarter. I told him I was extremely disappointed in him. He let the team down, he let the school down and he let himself and his family down.
"I'm at a loss for words."
Of course, there actually were many more words:
"I'm so ticked off at him, I told him he needs to think about getting his degree and finishing up," said the senior Thompson, who added he believes Klay has more than a year of work to graduate. " 'You've got a lot of amends to make.' That's what I think. He's supposed to be the leader of this team, and they depend on him, and he does something stupid like this. I told him, 'Doing something like this shows how irresponsible you are.'
"There's no excuse for it."
Klay's misdeed wasn't a total loss, as it appears Mychal and Julie have a similar stranglehold over their eldest son's finances:
@scottschroeder lol who u think my dads giving the money to Scott, my pockets are getting a little fatter this week— Mychel Thompson (@MychelThompson) February 28, 2013
Then again, maybe we all really should feel the same as Mychal about Klay giving away $35,000 for no real good reason. After all, Klay himself once found that to be a pretty grand amount:
Klay was fined $35,000 for his little scuffle. He used to lose his mind over a $40 parking ticket.— Charlie Enquist (@enquist40) February 28, 2013
I'm guessing his allowance was much smaller back then.