Agent Fires Back Over ‘Greed’ Comment
Angered by commissioner David Stern’s assertion that greedy agents are imperiling the possibility of reaching a collective bargaining agreement, high-profile agent Mark Bartelstein fired back Sunday night — telling CBSSports.com that it is the owners, not the agents, who are being greedy.
“The greed that’s being exhibited in this negotiation is strictly on the part of the NBA owners and nowhere else,” Bartelstein said. “When the union has shifted well in excess of $3 billion over the course of this deal from players to owners and that’s not good enough for the owners, that’s the definition of greed.”
In a phone interview with the Association Press, Stern said this weekend that agents appeared to be engaged in an “orchestrated” campaign to conceal details of the owners’ latest proposal from their clients and are choosing instead what he called a “losing strategy” of decertification.
“By some combination of mendacity and greed, the agents who are looking out for themselves rather than their clients are trying to scuttle the deal,” Stern said.