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SPREWELL, PART II: EDITORIALS PRAISE NBA'S PUNISHMENT
Published December 8, 1997
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).