Odds Are, You Overreacted To David Stern's Comments Today
Stern in no way was accusing Rome of ever beating his wife. The fact is, this is a common rhetorical device. In my classes on polling I've taken its a common retort to questions you feel are loaded to get a certain response. As Zach Harper, of Talk Hoops, pointed out with his work in the courts its also commonly used by lawyers. The point is, it puts the questioner on the defensive with an equally irrational, loaded question to point out how irrational, biased, and leading the questioner is being. Its not literal.
Most importantly, Stern was right to use it. The quesiton of a conspiracy with the lottery is stupid. Conspiracies are almost impossible to pull off, especially with so much money at stake. Added on to that, every team has a representative for the lottery, four media members watch it, and an outside independent group verifies it. There is absolutely no way the lottery is rigged and its irresponsible for someone like Rome to further the idea.
Unfortunately, this rhetorical line by Stern has allowed the rest of the interview, which is hilarious to go unnoticed. Stern rips Rome's entire career and tells him that Stephen A. Smith is more important.