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TEAM SPREWELL SET TO MAKE PUBLIC APPEARANCE TODAY
Published December 9, 1997
Latrell Sprewell will hold a press conference today "to press his grievance against" the Warriors and the NBA, according to David Steele of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The public appearance will come amid reports that Sprewell and his former coach P.J. Carlesimo "exchanged apologies in a telephone conversation over the past weekend." Sprewell's S.F. attorney, Kurt Robinson, told KNBR-AM radio that "his client and Carlesimo had spoken on the phone." Sprewell reportedly "apologized for his actions, Carlesimo apologized for his role in it, and the two accepted each other's words." The Warriors had no comment and have "refused comment on any aspect of the case since Thursday, citing pending litigation." For the press conference today, NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter is expected to join Sprewell, along with Robinson, his agent Arn Tellem and attorney Johnnie Cochran (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/9). The press conference will be carried live in the Bay Area (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/9). UNION STRATEGY: ESPN's David Aldridge reported that a public apology to Carlesimo "is only one of several issues that Sprewell's camp is wrestling with." Aldridge: "Should race, for example, be emphasized? The union has little interest in exploring that angle, and, according to sources, neither does attorney Johnnie Cochran. ... Sprewell's appeal ... likely will argue that the league's year-long penalty violates a labor tenet known as graduated discipline." Citing suspensions previously given to Dennis Rodman, Vernon Maxwell and Nick Van Exel, Aldridge said that "the union will argue that Sprewell's penalty vastly exceeds those already established" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 12/8). EDITORIALS: In Seattle, the TIMES called NBA Commissioner David Stern's one-year suspension of Sprewell "right on all counts." Stern "has grown increasingly intolerant of unacceptable behavior. ... This is welcome after recent years of boorish or thuggish behavior" (SEATTLE TIMES, 12/8). The N.Y. TIMES writes that the league's decision "sends a strong message to players and fans that it will not tolerate thuggery" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/9). TOP TEN: Letterman's Top Ten last night was "Other Things That Will Get You Suspended From the NBA." No. 10) Show up to a game in the same dress as Dennis Rodman; No. 9) Suck the air out of the basketball and then tell everyone how "baked" you are; No. 8) Get caught chugging a bottle of Michael Jordan's cologne; No. 7) Exceed maximum height of 19 feet 6 inches; No. 6) Suggest that the referee blow something other than his whistle; No. 5) At halftime, roast team mascot on a giant spit; No. 4) Invite Karl "The Mailman" Malone to "sort your package"; No. 3) Slam-dunk your ass into a spectator's nachos; No. 2) Drop your shorts and dribble without using your hands and No. 1) Scratch up the court with your high heels ("Late Show," CBS, 12/8).