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While some who are critical of the NBA point to this being an organization's problem, I see this more as probably one man's human error.
This is playing out as if in a movie. You just never know about the skeletons in somebody's closet.
When I was a player, I didn't think about how officiating could be affected this way. You deal with whatever adversity is out there on the court. Officials are like players; they are going to make mistakes.
But you don't think someone is making a mistake based on an ulterior motive. You don't think you'll see a "Goodfellas" scenario playing out, where somebody on the court becomes an agent for organized crime.
Now David Stern has a big concern. And I think it's more of a problem because it's an official rather than a player who's alleged to have done this.
The one element of our game the NBA has wanted to keep out of the public eye is the way officials are handled. You never hear about when they're fined or punished, and rightfully so. You don't want that kind of information coming into the picture of what happens on the court.
So when we see Joey Crawford situations come up in the future, it's going to come under far more scrutiny and speculation. The NBA used to be able to put a big blanket over that.
Stern won't have the same luxury moving forward. This is going to create issues for him; he's dealt with players' suspensions and trouble with the law, but now these officiating issues have been brought to the forefront.
I don't know how he's going to deal with this.
-- Greg Anthony, ESPN