Rome talks about contentious interview with Stern
Jim Rome had a contentious interview with NBA commissioner David Stern on his radio show Wednesday. Stern was getting upset about Rome's line of questioning about the NBA draft lottery being fixed. Stern shot back, asking Rome, "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?"
Rome talked about the interview on his "Rome" CBS Sports Network show.
On his relationship with Stern: "I've done interviews with David Stern several times over the years. We've always had a very good relationship. It's been kind of a contentious, give-and-take at times, but always a fundamental level of respect. I did not expect that to go that way, and that was certainly not my intent."
Rome wasn't bothered by Stern's question.
"It was a rhetorical device. A lot of people don't know that phrase They didn't know where he was going. I understood it. I didn't take great offense to it. I didn't agree with it. But the fact of the matter is I thought my question was direct and it was not a loaded question. So, I thought that analogy was inappropriate. My point is, I don't think that [the NBA drat] is fixed. Even after that conversation, I don't think that it's fixed. But I thought the question was fair."
Rome claimed that he wasn't looking to start anything.
"I thought it was a softball question, to be honest. I thought it was an easy question. I thought he'd say, 'Come on, are you kidding? Conspiracy theories? The only people who believe that are whack jobs and people that are out of hand.'"