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popo85
06-13-2012, 07:11 PM
David Stern asks Jim Rome, ‘Have you stopped beating your wife yet?’ in response to lottery-fixing question in radio interview

Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" NBA Commissioner David Stern asked sports talk radio personality Jim Rome during a contentious interview on Rome's nationally syndicated radio program on Wednesday afternoon.

Stern's remark — the textbook example of a loaded question, intended to suggest that the subject has been asked a question he cannot answer without incriminating himself — came in response to a question asked by Rome about public perception that the NBA had rigged the 2012 NBA draft lottery to ensure that the New Orleans Hornets came away with the No. 1 overall selection, despite having fewer chances at the top prize than the Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers heading into the proceedings.

The NBA has owned the Hornets since December 2010. The league recently sold the Hornets to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who will reportedly pay $338 million to take control of the franchise. That sale is expected to be finalized this week, according to Stern; at present, the league still maintains control of the team.

Rome, a well-known radio host and former ESPN personality whose radio show is syndicated nationally by Premiere Networks and who hosts a daily television program on the CBS Sports Network, is married with two children, according to the bio on his website.

Deadspin's Timothy Burke has audio of the contentious segment of the interview; we've got a transcript after the jump.

During their chat on the afternoon after the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Rome asked Stern about the belief held by some — including, as Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported immediately following the lottery, multiple NBA executives — that the league office put its thumb on the scales and rigged the lottery drawing in favor of a team still under its stewardship and that it just sold, as a favor to its new owner.

"You know, New Orleans won the draft lottery, which, of course, produced the usual round of speculation that maybe the lottery was fixed," Rome said. "I know that you appreciate a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy — was the fix in for the lottery?"

Stern bristled.

"Uh, you know, I have two answers for that," Stern said. "I'll give you the easy one — no — and a statement: Shame on you for asking."

After emphasizing that his line of questioning intended no disrespect, Rome noted that he still thought the question valid, since many NBA fans and observers have openly questioned the validity and purity of the lottery. This time, Stern not only bristled — he swung.

"Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" Stern asked.

"Yeah, I don't know if that's fair," Rome responded. "I don't know that that's fair."
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/david-stern-asks-jim-rome-stop-beating-wife-202222756--nba.html


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RLundi
06-13-2012, 07:12 PM
Re-post.

Cal827
06-13-2012, 07:16 PM
Stern= Fail :facepalm:

Is that honestly an appropriate answer for a guy who is supposed to be in control of a multi-billion dollar business. It doesn't really matter whether or nor you think the draft is rigged, this is absolutely unprofessional.

amos1er
06-13-2012, 07:22 PM
Already a thread about this.

theheatles
06-13-2012, 07:31 PM
this was excellent

Master Mind
06-13-2012, 07:33 PM
Awesome

BobbyHillSwag
06-13-2012, 07:33 PM
Stern= Fail :facepalm:

Is that honestly an appropriate answer for a guy who is supposed to be in control of a multi-billion dollar business. It doesn't really matter whether or nor you think the draft is rigged, this is absolutely unprofessional.

you're not serious are you? that question was supposed to represent a "damned if you dont damned if you do" situation. you answer yes, "********". You answer no, "kill him with fire"

popo85
06-13-2012, 07:33 PM
Re-post.

sorry didn't see that thread til now, mods can move this...

justinnum1
06-13-2012, 07:33 PM
he asked him twice, lol, the first time he was being talked over by rome and he asked it again then rome said thats not fair lol

new york blue
06-13-2012, 11:24 PM
While it was not particularly polite on Stern's part, Rome definitely got what he deserved. A variation on the ask a stupid question theme...