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TESTIMONY IN SPREWELL HEARING CONCLUDES WITH STERN ON STAND
Published February 6, 1998
NBA Commissioner David Stern spent "nearly" five hours yesterday being questioned as the Latrell Sprewell hearing "crept to a conclusion," according to David Steele of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Afterward, with his "tongue loosened somewhat" following arbitrator John Feerick's "loosening of the gag order," Stern "spoke as if the stand taken by the league and the Warriors ... had a good chance of being upheld." Stern: "I'm very comfortable with our actions. ... I feel comfortable that I have acquitted myself the way I'm supposed to." Also yesterday, NBA VP/Security Horace Balmer testified for "more than" three hours, completing his testimony from Wednesday. Steele writes that the league and Warriors "closed testimony with what appears to be a solid one-two punch" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/6). USA TODAY's David DuPree reports that NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter said that his side was "confident of the outcome." Post-hearing briefs are due by February 13, and closing arguments will be made February 16 in New York. Following that, Feerick will have 30 days to issue his decision (USA TODAY, 2/6).