The Dallas Mavericks came up with a pretty fun publicity stunt for their final home game against the Nuggets on Tuesday night when they introduced retiring Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo as a starter. The tried to sign him to a one-day contract, gave him a uniform, and even let him warm up with the squad before the game.
But they stopped short of allowing him to see any actual game action, despite Mark Cuban’s protestations. The enigmatic Mavs owner really wanted to see that happen but said commissioner Adam Silver ultimately put the kibosh on that idea and didn’t even want Romo to be honored to begin with. Via Todd Archer of ESPN.com:
When he approached NBA commissioner Adam Silver with the idea, Cuban said, “I told him what I was going to do and said, ‘Fine me if you don’t like it.'”
Silver told Cuban the contract would not be honored, which killed the idea but did not stop the Mavericks from honoring the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback.