David Stern Held Nothing Back While Talking About Cheating And The Lack Of Ethics In Sports

11.19.16 3 weeks ago

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from former NBA commissioner David Stern. Between the fact that he’s avoided the spotlight since handing the reigns over to Adam Silver in 2014 and the fact that Silver’s tenure at the helm of the Association has been viewed as a success, Stern has managed to keep a low profile for the last few years.

But Stern is back, and the dude has some super hot sports takes. The ex-commish appeared on a panel at Columbia Business School on Friday, where he was tasked with discussing business ethics and leadership. In addition to his thoughts on things like corporate ethics – he used Facebook and its way of approaching its fake news issue as an example – Stern went off on several topics in sports.

Most notably, Stern took aim at Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick. According to Quartz, Stern wasn’t exactly in favor of Kaepernick’s decision to protest the national anthem.

Stern suspended NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for a similar protest in 1996, but said Kaepernick’s case was different because he had the permission of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and because president Obama said he had a constitutional right to speak out.

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