SBD/8/Leagues Governing Bodies

SPREWELL, PART II: EDITORIALS PRAISE NBA'S PUNISHMENT

          Wizards Owner Abe Pollin "became the first" NBA owner to
     say that he would consider signing Latrell Sprewell,
     according to Ric Bucher of the WASHINGTON POST.  Pollin: "I
     would never close the door on someone forever" (WASHINGTON
     POST, 12/6).  But CBA Commissioner Steve Patterson said his
     league would not approve of Sprewell playing in the CBA: "It
     reinforces all the wrong stereotypes" (N.Y. POST, 12/6). 
          EDITORIALS: A sampling of editorial comments on the
     Sprewell incident: In St. Pete, under the header, "No
     Tolerance For Thugs," the TIMES said NBA Commissioner David
     Stern "was right on the money" with his suspension:
     "Unbelievably, Sprewell has his defenders" (ST. PETERSBURG
     TIMES, 12/6).  In San Diego, under the header, "Fitting
     Punishment," the UNION-TRIBUNE said the Warriors and the NBA
     "are to be applauded for giving Sprewell the tough, but
     appropriate, punishment he deserves" (UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/6). 
     In L.A., under the header, "Sports Stars Aren't Immune," the
     TIMES stated the NBA punished Sprewell "correctly": "No
     ordinary working stiff could keep his job after assaulting
     his boss.  Why should someone who plays sports for a living
     be different?" (L.A. TIMES, 12/5).  In Boston, the GLOBE said
     the league took "a rare stand for sanity in big-money
     sports."  It added that Sprewell's agent, the NBPA and
     "various opportunistic pols, who have come to his defense
     merely illustrate how deeply professional sports have been
     corrupted by big money" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/6).  In San Jose,
     the MERCURY NEWS wrote the Warriors showed a "good example 
     by drawing a clear line against conduct they consider
     inappropriate for an employee" (MERCURY NEWS, 12/7).

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