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Jamaal Tinsley paid $250,000 in fines for not showering after practices and games - "He didn't want to get naked with the rest of his teammates"

Jamaal Tinsley once accumulated quite a lot of fines for not showering with his teammates during his time with the Indiana Pacers
Jamaal Tinsley

Jamaal Tinsley

Some players have their own ways of doing certain things, either on the court or off the court, and throughout NBA history, we had a fair share of bizarre and funny stories surrounding various players. One of those recent stories was about former NBA point guard Jamaal Tinsley, who accumulated around $250,000 in fines from the Indiana Pacers because he didn't want to shower after practices and games.

Tinsley didn't want to shower with his teammates

According to his former teammate, a journeyman in the NBA, Bruno Sundov, who played for the Indiana Pacers from 2000 until 2002 when the Pacers were a legitimate title contender in the NBA. That Pacers squad was deep with players like Reggie Miller, Jermaine O'Neal, Ron Artest, Brad Miller, Ron Mercer, and this story's main protagonist, Jamaal Tinsley. 

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Tinsley was a great and reliable point guard who showed up every time for the Pacers, but he developed a problem with the organization, specifically Reggie Miller. The Pacers legend forced the Pacers to change their rule of conduct after he noticed Tinsley never took showers with the team, and it didn't matter if it was the games or the practices. They decided to penalize Tinsley every time he didn't shower, and apparently, he didn't budge at all, according to Sundov in his interview with Podcast Inkubator. 

"Tinsley wouldn't shower after practices or games. We easily enter or exit the shower, and he would be dressed already exiting the locker room. Once, twice, three times... And Reggie Miller says to the team manager: 'Bring the team rule book, we have to add one change that every player must shower after every training session, especially after every game, otherwise he will be punished.' The first fine was $500, and it would be doubled every other time he didn't take a shower."

Tinsley said that he preferred taking showers at his house rather than showering with the team. Apparently, he didn't want to get naked with the rest of his teammates and was extremely shy, which is understandable if that was the actual case. However, there was a way to handle that better internally, and Sundov said he and the rest of the teammates counted the number of fines, and Tinsley accumulated around $250,000 in fines throughout the entire season.

"Guess how much Jamal Tinsley paid in fines for not showering? He paid $250,000 in fines because he did not want to shower after practices. It's like he's taking a shower at home; he doesn't want to be naked among everyone... We counted at the end, and he paid $250,000 worth of fines for not showering; in the end, a scandal broke out, and he had to speak with his agent, and his girlfriend."

Despite his problems picking up hefty fines for not showering, Tinsley stayed with the Pacers until 2008. Based on the fact he played multiple seasons after he started picking up fines, we can assume Tinsley handled that situation with the Pacers internally without much publicity behind closed doors. Nevertheless, it's hilarious that Tinsley even got himself into this situation for such a bizarre reason and that it was none other than Reggie Miller to implement a new rule that got him into so much trouble with the Pacers. 

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