David Stern goes off on Jim Rome for no reason over draft pick question

I had to post this story to you fans because this story is hilarious but also goes beyond the game and into reporting. Take a look at what NBA commissioner David Stern said to Jim Rome on his show today.

Via ESPN:

“I know that you appreciate a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, was the fix in for the lottery?” asked Rome, who hosts a daily show on CBS Sports Network.

“I have two answers for that,” Stern said. “The simple easy one, no, the second, a statement, shame on you for asking.”

Rome went on to say that he thought it was his job to ask because people wonder.

“No, it’s ridiculous, but that’s OK,” Stern said.

Rome, who used to host the show “Jim Rome is Burning” on ESPN, said he didn’t think the question was ridiculous.

Stern responded: “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

Since Rome has no history of spousal abuse, it appears that the commissioner was using a traditional loaded question as a tool to make his point: that the question itself, in this case about the lottery, presumes guilt.

Rome responded: “I don’t think that’s fair.”

After a little more back and forth, Rome said he hoped Stern wouldn’t hold the question against him.

“I wouldn’t hold it against you,” Stern said. “You and I have been in more contentious talks that that. But it’s good copy. You do these things for cheap thrills.”

Rome took offense to that statement, and Stern changed his characterization.

“Cheap trick,” he said. “You’ve been successful in making a career of it, and I keep coming on.”

That prompted a flurry of exchanges:

Rome: “Making a career of it? Making a career of what? What? Cheap thrills?”

Stern: “Now you’re getting mad. You’re taking on the world and now Jim Rome is pouting.”

Rome: “I’m not pouting, I’m taking offense.”

Stern: “You want to hang up on me?”

Rome: “No, I’m seriously running out of time.”

Stern: “Listen, I gotta go call somebody important like Stephen A. Smith back. He’s next.”

Rome: “OK, you go make that call and I’ll go talk to somebody else too I guess. Have a nice day. I did not hang up on him, we are officially out of time.”

This is a case of good reporting by Jim Rome and just utter foolishness by the commissioner David Stern. Honestly, I agree with Rome on his question and told my brothers the other week that the reason the New Orleans Hornets got the number one pick in the draft this season was because David Stern is part the owner and he thinks that the Hornets can be just as big as the Saints. He loved how the Final Four was a big thing in New Orleans and now he wants them to become a dynasty. I don’t blame him after the whole Chris Paul saga and the drop of the franchise the past few years but to lash out on Jim Rome was wrong. He didn’t mean to attack David Stern and also he wants the community to know the reason. It’s good reporting and Jim Rome did a good job. Shame on you David Stern, you should know better on how to deal with the media…

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One Comment on “David Stern goes off on Jim Rome for no reason over draft pick question”

  1. jumpingpolarbear Says:

    Rome knows how to get them started :).


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