David Stern Fixates on Jim Rome: "Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife Yet?"

NBA Commissioner David Stern and sports radio personality Jim Rome traded heated barbs during a radio program Wednesday afternoon.

Posted: 06/13/2012 07:11 PM EDT
Filed Under Jim Rome, Sports News, NBA

A contentious radio exchange played out between NBA Commissioner David Stern and sports radio talk-show personality Jim Rome on a nationally syndicated sports radio program Wednesday afternoon with not-so-veiled accusations.


It seems that the NBA Lottery, the annual event to select the draft order, was won by the New Orleans Hornets, which is coincidentally owned by the NBA. Immediately there were accusations levied of a "fix."

When Rome asked the commissioner if the fix was in during this year's draft lottery, the commissioner initially bristled and later responded by making a crack about past rumors of Rome's spousal abuse. "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?," Stern asked.


Yahoo! Sports reports:


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.


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