(WSCR) After the league-owned New Orleans Hornets won the NBA Draft lottery, securing the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft, speculation of a possible fixed lottery began to surface.
NBA Commission David Stern joined The Jim Rome Show on CBS and was asked by Rome if there was any tampering with the lottery.
“New Orleans won the Draft lottery, which, of course, produced the usual rounds of speculation that maybe the lottery was fixed,” Rome said. “As I know, you appreciate a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy: was the fix in?”
This question didn’t sit well with Stern.
“I have two answers,” an agitated Stern said. I’ll give you the easy one: No. And shame on you for asking.”
“I understand why you would say that to me and I wanted to preface it by asking it respectfully, but I think it’s my job to ask that question,” Rome responded.
To that, Stern said: “Have you stopped beating your wife, yet?” implying Rome’s question wasn’t fair.
Listen: David Stern on Jim Rome