When CBS Sports Network anchor Jim Rome had NBA Commissioner David Stern on his syndicated radio show this week, the interview became contentious — and Stern ended up smacking Rome with a question about beating his wife, reports the Detroit Free Press.
The commissioner became irritated when Rome asked whether the NBA draft lottery had been rigged so that the New Orleans Hornets — the team that the NBA owns and is in the process of selling — would get the top pick. Stern bristled and answered, "I have two answers for that. The simple easy one, no, the second, a statement, shame on you for asking."
Stern continued the conversation and at one point asked Rome, "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" That’s an infamous question known to be unanswerable in a positive way. Stern then implied that Rome’s question about the lottery was meant to instigate a battle. "It’s good copy,” Stern said. “You do things sometimes for cheap thrills."
Rome countered by saying he had other people to interview: "No, I’m seriously running out of time."
Stern implied Rome was pouting and then zapped him with the line, "Listen I gotta go call somebody important like Stephen A. Smith back. He’s next." Smith is an NBA analyst with ESPN, Rome’s former employer.
Here’s an audio file of the brouhaha, which was posted on YouTube — with most of the fireworks taking place in the second half of the 12-minute interview: