Kenyon Martin Does Not Appreciate Buttered Popcorn in his White Car

I love a good prank. I don’t know about you, but some of my favorite sports stories are the ones where they talk about the shenanigans going on between teammates. Baseball pranks generally are the best, but some basketball pranks aren’t far behind. Though they’re good for the audience, they sometimes leave the people involved less than laughing. Such was the case for Kenyon Martin of the Denver Nuggets.

On Thursday, April Fools Day, Nuggets former ball boy Laquan Johnson went into the Nuggets’ locker room to take Martin’s car keys so he could fill the car with popcorn, replicating a Sacramento Kings prank from last year. Seems pretty harmless right? Oh, I forgot to mention the interior of Martin’s car is white and the popcorn was buttered. Oops. Needless to say Martin was pretty ticked off. He stormed into the locker room and said the following:

“That ain’t no [expletive] joke. I’m going to find out who did it … put my [expletive] hands on one of y’all. I’m going to put my hands on whoever did it. You better believe that. It’s [expletive] personal. You better believe it.”

Apparently, Martin was more angry that someone could just go into the locker room and steal his keys than the prank itself. He was worried that something more serious could have happened.  He even threatened to sit out for the post season if someone didn’t fess up for the prank.

This isn’t the first time that Martin has decided to take matters into his own hands. Last year he got into it with Mark Cuban who was fighting with Martin’s mom. Eventually the ball boy apologized to Martin and said he would pay for the damages. I think it’s K-Mart who should lighten up; it’s only a car and it’s not like he can’t afford to get his interior cleaned.

Martin upset about popcorn prank [ESPN]

Mark Cuban in a Catfight with Kenyon Martin’s Mom, Kenyon to Take Care of it

Sometimes the NBA just really starts to resemble the WWE in ways that it shouldn’t. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was pretty heated following the controversial Game 3 loss to Denver on Saturday night, as previously mentioned. That’s no surprise considering how quickly the Mavs went from being in control and back in the series to losing and being out of it. In the dust-up after the ending to the game, Mark Cuban apparently had some words for Kenyon Martin’s mom: “Cuban said Sunday by e-mail that when he walked off the court, a fan was screaming about the Nuggets being “thugs,” so Cuban said to Martin’s mother: “That includes your son.” The two know each other from an incident earlier in the series when Martin’s mom approached Cuban and instigated by talking crap. Not satisfied to merely let his play on the court do the talking, Kenyon Martin is now getting in the middle of things:

“I don’t feel I need to call his name in the media and all that, but it’s a little personal. And I’m going to take care of it.”

“(Heck) yeah, don’t say nothing to my kids or my family. If you got something to say, say it to me. But I’m going to take care of it. I’m not going to do the whole media thing, back and forth. That’s his thing. I’m more of a face-to-face type of dude.

“So whenever the opportunity presents itself, then I will address it. But I got a game to go win. At some point I will, but I got a game to go win, first and foremost. So that’s my focus and concentration right now.”

Come on Mark, it’s Mother’s Day! I think it’s fair to say that Martin’s mom was out of line the first time she approached Cuban to gloat and that Mark’s reaction after Game 3 wasn’t called for either. Any wonder why MLB didn’t want this guy owning a team? I still say he should get one — he makes everything more interesting.

(photo credit: Getty Images)

UPDATE: You might want to see this video taken after Game 4. Believe me, the language from Kenyon Martin directed towards Mark Cuban is very strong.

Kenyon Martin Did 101 in 30mph Zone, Got Off with Preferential Treatment

Funny how LeBron’s speeding ticket was all in the news a few weeks ago, but nobody heard anything about K-Mart’s. Well, as Matt Watson explains, it’s because Kenyon’s speeding incidents happened two years ago but the prosecutor is just now getting in trouble for letting K-Mart off easy. And if you noticed above, I said incidents — as in plural. His escapades would give certain LBS readers who received certain tickets in certain cities just south of Las Vegas … a run for their money.

K-Mart was ticketed in January of ’06 doing 101 in a 30mph zone. About half a year later, Kenyon was ticketed for doing 103 in a 55mph zone. Wow. These could have been residential neighborhoods he was getting up to triple digits in. And though he had points on his license and was supposed to have his license suspended at the least, he got off because he got some sweet plea bargains. I can’t really blame Kenyon for hiring people to take advantage of our flawed legal system; it’s just a shame our legal system can be so easily manipulated. And hotdamn, 101 in a 30? Who does he think he is, freaking Jeff Gordon or something?