(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.

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“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.”

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“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

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