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REPORT: Adam Silver Stopped Mavs From Playing Romo By Refusing To Honor Contract
It was announced a week ago that recently retired NFL quarterback Tony Romo would be suiting up to sit on the bench during the Dallas Mavericks’ final home game. But owner Mark Cuban had much more in store for Romo, if the NBA would allow him, of course.
Beyond the shootaround, photo-op, and layup line, Cuban approached the league about playing Romo in Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, but NBA commissioner Adam Silver refused to honor Romo’s contract, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.
“I told him what I was going to do and said, ‘Fine me if you don’t like it,’” the defiant Cuban told reporters of his conversation with Silver.
“Anybody who thinks a layup line is disrespectful, hasn’t watched an NBA game,” Cuban said. “We’ve got people shooting half-court shots at every break, we’ve got kids for ball boys … We’re entertainment. And if they’re so self-important they can’t recognize that, it’s on them. Not me.”
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle understood Silver’s decision.
“Signing him and stuff like that, would have been too much for a lot of reasons,” Carlisle said. “No. 1, he’s a football athlete that’s not ready to play in an NBA game. That’s very risky.
“No. 2, to sign a guy with all of our requirements from a physical standpoint with the hours and hours of screening and all that kinds of other stuff, it just wasn’t worth going there. And that’s not really what this is about.”
Romo was introduced as the honorary sixth man and spent the game on the bench in sweats.
“This is an honor I could never have dreamed of,” Romo told the crowd. “It’s a little embarrassing, but I tell you what I’m very lucky. Thank you, Dallas. I love you.”