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David Stern Regrets Spat With Jim Rome

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(WSCR) Two weeks ago, an interview between CBS Sports’ Jim Rome and NBA commissioner David Stern turned ugly after Rome asked Stern if the NBA Draft lottery was fixed.

Stern quickly responded by saying, ‘Have you stopped beating your wife, yet?’ to imply the phrasing of Rome’s question wasn’t fair.

Now, Stern admitted he regrets his comments.

“I understand what’s happening,” Stern said. “My only objection at the time was, your question phrases it in a certain way. But if you said to me directly, ‘Is the lottery fixed?’, you would be implying that you believed it was fixed. Because you don’t need to make it part of the question. And so I sort of reacted, maybe overreacted. So I understand that. But a guy’s allowed to have some fun.

“You know, I would do it again differently if I were asked the question. What can I tell you? I’m like LeBron. You get a day older, and you hope you get wiser rather than just older.”