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Michael Jordan caught smoking
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/7/9 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross

Posted on 10/07/2009 7:57:11 AM PDT by SmithL

San Francisco is asking basketball superstar Michael Jordan to snuff out the cigars, after he was caught on the front page of The Chronicle's Sporting Green breaking the city's ban on smoking on public golf courses.

City officials sprang into action after seeing the full-color photo Tuesday of the NBA Hall of Famer enjoying a good cigar while teeing off at Harding Park's 14th hole during a Presidents Cup practice round.

In an interview with PGATour.com, Jordan was asked how many cigars he planned to smoke during this week's tournament.

"Well," Jordan replied, "that depends, because I heard this is a public place, so they limit what you can smoke. I'm not even supposed to be smoking, but this was a practice round and no one said anything."

If he is permitted to smoke, Jordan said, "I would say (it's) a three-cigar round. I would try to keep it at a minimum of three."

And what is the city's response?

"You mean about Spare the Air Jordan?" said Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg.

"I've already sent off an e-mail to the PGA Tour director," Ginsburg said. "It was sort of a gentle nudge reminding them that smoking is illegal and that we would appreciate their support."

Initially, public golf courses were exempt from the city's many smoking bans. However, in 2006, after much debate, the Board of Supervisors narrowly voted to apply the same rules to golf courses as other parks - including the possibility of a $100 fine for violators.

"But don't expect me to ask him for it," said city attorney's spokesman Matt Dorsey.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Sports
KEYWORDS: athletes; michaeljordan; napl; nba; pga; presidentscup; pufflist; sanfranciscovalues
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1 posted on 10/07/2009 7:57:12 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

lol...

Is this America or not?


2 posted on 10/07/2009 7:58:30 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: SmithL

Another reason to never, ever, visit San Francisco, or anywhere they have such stupid, invasive laws.


3 posted on 10/07/2009 7:59:31 AM PDT by bcsco (Hopey changey down the drainey...)
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To: SmithL

So what? I am sick of the banning of things. This is a sick country. Whatever happened to people minding their own business?


4 posted on 10/07/2009 8:00:07 AM PDT by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: SmithL
"But don't expect me to ask him for it," said city attorney's spokesman Matt Dorsey.

Because, after all, the law only applies to little people who can't easily spend a $1000 to fight a $100 fine.

5 posted on 10/07/2009 8:01:03 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Rio: Gold / Madrid: Silver / Tokyo: Bronze / Obama: Lead weight.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Comrade, you haven't lived until you've been scolded about smoking a cigar, in a public park, on the Fourth of July, by a Chinese ex pat.
6 posted on 10/07/2009 8:01:16 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SmithL

“The Chronicle’s Sporting Green breaking the city’s ban on smoking on public golf courses.”

No cigar smoking on a golf course...crikey...talk about fing stupid liberals who need to STFU...how in the world did wwe come to this?


7 posted on 10/07/2009 8:01:58 AM PDT by jessduntno (Tell Obama to STFU - Stop The Federal Usurpation.)
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To: martin_fierro

Ugh


8 posted on 10/07/2009 8:02:04 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: SmithL

In a later email, the director asked if Mr. Jordan could stop being black while on the golf course as well.

/sarc


9 posted on 10/07/2009 8:02:17 AM PDT by GulfBreeze (Palin 2012 - For The Change You Wanted!!!)
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To: SmithL

It will not be until the rock-star elite start feeling the heat of their civil liberties and freedom’s being taken away will they change their tune on supporting some of the absurd proposals of Congress.


11 posted on 10/07/2009 8:02:17 AM PDT by fujimoh
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To: All

Um, it’s MICHAEL FREAKIN’ JORDAN!!!
I’d have to punch the d-bag that went up to him and asked him not to smoke....


12 posted on 10/07/2009 8:04:00 AM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: SmithL

Puff away, MJ. Actually, I’d rather see you lose the earring than the stogie.


13 posted on 10/07/2009 8:04:06 AM PDT by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: SmithL

But they can smoke other things right out in public. San Francisco (the people of) suck, literally.


14 posted on 10/07/2009 8:04:46 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: indylindy
I am sick of the banning of things.

Ditto.

15 posted on 10/07/2009 8:05:35 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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To: SmithL

You can’t smoke outside in San Francisco but if he had been having sex with another man in public that would have been okay.


16 posted on 10/07/2009 8:06:09 AM PDT by hometoroost (Time to bust the nut - stamp out ACORN)
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To: SmithL

Guess he won’t be smoking them stogies in the Olympic Center in Chicago!!


17 posted on 10/07/2009 8:06:19 AM PDT by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: SmithL

the only justice would be if the PGA paid them the lousy 100 bucks and never held a tournament in san fran again.


18 posted on 10/07/2009 8:07:00 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: paulycy

Some years ago, I played GrayEagle CC up in the Taho area. Part of the course is in CA while the other half is in NV...in NV we could smoke and drink on the course...cross over to the CA side and we had to dump the drinks and snuff the smokes...

This country is, has, gone to the leftard loonies...


19 posted on 10/07/2009 8:08:53 AM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President! (FUBO!))
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To: SmithL
Looks like MJ wont be back next year.... ▼
20 posted on 10/07/2009 8:11:53 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: SmithL

We all know trees can suffer from second hand smoke. Come on Michael, think about the trees. lol


21 posted on 10/07/2009 8:12:04 AM PDT by Wee-Weed Up
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To: SmithL

I'm sure they'd make an exception for this guy. In fact they'll make it legal - just for him.

22 posted on 10/07/2009 8:14:39 AM PDT by 24-7Freeper
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To: Maverick68
Um, it’s MICHAEL FREAKIN’ JORDAN!!!

...and the practice round he participated in was probably a fund raiser as well where he's donating his time to appear or maybe paying for it as well with a hefty donation. (I might be wrong too...)

23 posted on 10/07/2009 8:16:04 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Who's your Long Legged MacDaddy?)
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To: SmithL; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

SF is wackytown.

I thought I kept running into homeless people talking to themselves but they actually have bluetooths and cellphones.

And I don’t call them homeless because they looked like stinking hippies 40 years later. I call them homeless because they had their hands out with begging signs.


24 posted on 10/07/2009 8:25:10 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Wee-Weed Up

Tobacco is a plant. When you burn a plant you are hurting the environment and you make Smokey The Bear CRY!!


25 posted on 10/07/2009 8:26:03 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: SmithL

I HATE smoke and think smoking is disgusting and stupid.

That said, outdoor smoking bans in wide open, public spaces are outrageous.


26 posted on 10/07/2009 8:28:50 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: jessduntno

But, being San Francisco, if he was involved in too public same sex “affections”, that would be ok. But cigars offend the sensibilities of the liberal SF gov’t officials, not graphic sexual displays.


27 posted on 10/07/2009 8:30:09 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SmithL
Well, at least the golfers aren't smoking.


28 posted on 10/07/2009 8:31:25 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: GRRRRR
in NV we could smoke and drink on the course

How in the world did the stupid humans in America decide that you can't smoke or even drink outside in the fresh air?

I quit smoking a few years back but I still imagine defending myself in a "second-hand smoking" lawsuit by asking for verifiable, measurable, life-threateneing lung damage inflicted by me and me alone as opposed to general air pollution, their own closer proximity to other smokers, their own possible smoking experiences (of all kinds) their proximity to their own car's exhaust pipe, outdoor barbecues, etc.

This prohibiting of legal behavior without demonstrable harm is ANATHEMA to a free society.

And it's getting worse by the day, if not the hour.

29 posted on 10/07/2009 8:31:52 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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To: SmithL

Are they going to ask them not to drink beer while golfing also?


30 posted on 10/07/2009 8:39:13 AM PDT by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: SmithL

Go Mikey!


31 posted on 10/07/2009 8:47:58 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: ConservativeMan55

Only geographically...


32 posted on 10/07/2009 8:51:07 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Smoking is unacceptable but cheating on your wife is cool!


33 posted on 10/07/2009 8:53:47 AM PDT by angcat ("GO YANKEES")
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To: SmithL

I think they need to mind their own business.


34 posted on 10/07/2009 9:27:55 AM PDT by bmwcyle (We need more Joe Wilson's. OBAMA is ACORN ACORN is OBAMA)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...


35 posted on 10/07/2009 11:16:49 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL. Gasp! How will we explain it to the chiles.


36 posted on 10/07/2009 11:21:07 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: Enterprise

37 posted on 10/07/2009 11:27:42 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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38 posted on 10/07/2009 11:29:12 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: bcsco
Another reason to never, ever, visit San Francisco, or anywhere they have such stupid, invasive laws.

I lived in the East Bay Area during my high school years. No matter where you go all you see is God's handy work in the beauty that surrounds you. The sight of the morning fog rolling across the bay from the Pacific Ocean will leave you breathless. It is such a shame that the scum bags that live there insure that I will never see that beauty again. But I do miss it.

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39 posted on 10/07/2009 11:46:07 AM PDT by txroadkill ( 9/12/2009 another win for the Gipper!)
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To: SmithL

40 posted on 10/07/2009 11:53:34 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: SmithL

Nazi’s.


41 posted on 10/07/2009 12:57:53 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Slings and Arrows

"I simply turn on the Golden EIB Microphone and share my honest passions and beliefs with people.
And they're free to go elsewhere.
They're free to ignore; they're free to believe; they're free to be entertained, I don't care.
They're free to do whatever they want.
But a lot of people aren't free to smoke cigarettes where they want;
they're not free to drink where they want;
they're not free to eat the kind of food they want to eat;
they're not free to eat trans fats;
they're not free to drive certain places.
Pretty soon we're going to be told what kind of cars we have to drive.
I can't cause that.
I can't restrict anybody's freedom.
We've elected a guy who can, does, and wants to, all under the guise of saving us.
So I appreciate the effort, and I appreciate somewhat losing my temper here.
But don't compare me ever to an authoritarian who thinks so little of people that without him they can barely breathe on their own.
Don't ever do that."

LEARN IT, LOVE IT, LIVE IT!

If one cannot understand Rush's words above, then one does not truly understand FREEDOM!


42 posted on 10/07/2009 1:16:12 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: SmithL
My husband (the great GOP_Harley_Guy) smokes a cigar in the car on the way home from work WITH ME IN IT. OH, THE HORROR, because the windows are opened a little.

Hey, can you still have an abortion in SF?

43 posted on 10/07/2009 1:21:53 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: txroadkill

I visited as a youth with my parents. Beautiful city. But the population now makes it unbearable for one like myself who has no need to patronize them.


44 posted on 10/07/2009 2:01:29 PM PDT by bcsco (Hopey changey down the drainey...)
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To: SmithL

You can, in public, have unprotected anal sex with another man, and then engage thereafter in unprotected oral sex.

Lighting a roll of leaves on fire and tasting the smoke, however, is against the law, and a public health hazard.

Welcome to San Francisco.


45 posted on 10/07/2009 2:10:39 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: SmithL

I golf occasional at Harding Park. I don’t need to smell Michael’s cigar smoke no matter how much he’s addicted to cigars.


46 posted on 10/07/2009 2:18:35 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

"I simply turn on the Golden EIB Microphone and share my honest passions and beliefs with people.
And they're free to go elsewhere.
They're free to ignore; they're free to believe; they're free to be entertained, I don't care.
They're free to do whatever they want.
But a lot of people aren't free to smoke cigarettes where they want;
they're not free to drink where they want;
they're not free to eat the kind of food they want to eat;
they're not free to eat trans fats;
they're not free to drive certain places.
Pretty soon we're going to be told what kind of cars we have to drive.
I can't cause that.
I can't restrict anybody's freedom.
We've elected a guy who can, does, and wants to, all under the guise of saving us.
So I appreciate the effort, and I appreciate somewhat losing my temper here.
But don't compare me ever to an authoritarian who thinks so little of people that without him they can barely breathe on their own.
Don't ever do that."

LEARN IT, LOVE IT, LIVE IT!

If one cannot understand Rush's words above, then one does not truly understand FREEDOM!


47 posted on 10/07/2009 2:29:33 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Drango

Turn into my Rush In A Hurry page today.

You might learn about freedom.


48 posted on 10/07/2009 2:31:00 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Drango; GOP_Lady

It never ceases to amaze me how otherwise normal, intelligent people (meaning conservatives) can be so absolutely abnormal and unintelligent when it comes to something like this.

It’s OUTSIDE for crying out loud...............


49 posted on 10/07/2009 2:39:35 PM PDT by Gabz (Not everyone can access online video or audio, please describe it)
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To: GOP_Lady

Rush was good today. Yet at the end of the day, his addictions or Michael Jordan’s or yours, don’t outweigh the freedom of the local people to proscribe disgusting behavior.


50 posted on 10/07/2009 2:41:39 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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