Now that he’s got the players looking as if they’ve lept from the pages of Men’s Vogue, NBA Commish David Stern is getting frisky. He’s asking players to leave their guns at home.
The Only Place Shootouts are Allowed
You read that correctly.
NBA players are not the only athletes and celebrities who may carry a weapon, ostensibly for protection. But Stern was not doubt inspired no doubt by Indiana Pacer Stephen Jackson’s recent shootout at the Strip Club Corral. He may be the first sports commish to flat out address the players’s second amendment rights. “It’s a pretty, I think, widely accepted statistic that if you carry a gun, your chances of being shot by one increase dramatically,” Stern said during his preseason conference call. “We think this is an alarming subject, that although you’ll read players saying how they feel safer with guns, in fact those guns actually make them less safe. And it’s a real issue.”
It speaks volumes that Stern spoke publicly about something a lot of folks have been wondering – Is that a Derringer in your warm-ups or are you just happy to be in the NBA? – because the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement already addresses the issue. Players are allowed to own licensed guns but are forbidden from carrying them on any league or team business.
This is NOT the coat check room at an NBA arena.
Stern is urging players to go even further: “I would favor being able to have a firearm to protect your home. Period.”
Somewhere Charlton Heston is warming up his cold dead fingers.