Stern: ‘It’s all in the hands of the players’
And yet there was (David) Stern again Friday night, in a nationally televised interview with broadcast partner ESPN — complicit in forcing this deal on the players whether it knows it or not — pinning the blame for a lost season on the players if they don’t accept his owners’ offer.
“It’s all in the hands of the players,” Stern said.
No, it’s not. If Stern delivered an offer the players cannot accept, in an offensive manner that turned them against it before they even read it, then that part is on the commissioner and his hard-line owners — some of whom are just hoping this thing blows up so they can see their 47-percent proposal on the scroll of the league’s broadcast partner. If hard-line agents are mobilizing to torpedo this deal, whatever it is, without seriously walking through the alternatives, then shame on them, too.