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Johnny Damon defended his then teammate A-Rod in 2009 because "Murdering someone... There’s plenty of things that could be worse than what he did." This weekend John Sterling, whose sole purpose is to deflect from just how stupid Suzyn Waldman really is, went there too. Phil Mushnick explains:
On Dec. 18, 1978, Bernard King, in his second year in the NBA and as a hope-filled star for the needy Piscataway, New Jersey Nets, was busted for cocaine possession, drunk driving and driving without a license.
Although his arrest made big news, King was neither benched nor suspended. It was a case for the courts, not the team.
Two nights later, the Nets were home — at the Rutgers Athletic Center — against the Rockets. When King was introduced as a starter, the 4,102 fans in the house didn’t seem moved, one way or the other.
At that point, team radio broadcaster John Sterling took it upon himself to rise from his courtside seat next to the Nets’ bench, face the small crowd and furiously gesture for people to stand and applaud King, to show him their love. Several hundred actually complied.
Seconds later, as the national anthem played, Rockets coach Tom Nissalke, seething and having bolted from Houston’s bench, got in Sterling’s face. He told him what Sterling had just done was the lowest, most unprofessional act he ever had seen from a broadcaster.
Nissalke later explained the NBA was being infested with drugs and drug abusers and the last message anyone attached to any team should be sending was that it was OK.
On Friday, prior to Tigers-Yankees, Sterling mused Alex Rodriguez’s “homecoming” that night really was a no-brainer for Yankees fans; there’s nothing for them to boo about. Sterling explained he likes Rodriguez and he’ll be rooting for him. No shock there from a shill’s shill.
But then, in the ultimate rationalization, he smugly added, “It’s not like he murdered someone.”
**** needs to be punched square in the face.
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