The Nets have banned gambling on the team plane in the wake of the Arenas-Crittenton incident, according to The New York Times. And sources tell the paper that Commissioner David Stern is considering expanding the ban to every team.
On Wednesday, the Nets informed players that gambling was no longer permitted on team flights.
“We did,” Rod Thorn, the Nets’ president, said Thursday in a telephone interview in which he confirmed that the team had instituted a ban. “I think after this incident with the Wizards that we just decided that we would not have any on our planes. We’ve never had a problem with it. But obviously, you can see what can happen.”
Thorn, who was formerly the chief of discipline for the N.B.A., said he was not aware of any other teams instituting a prohibition on gambling. He declined to speculate on whether Commissioner David Stern would act. However, a number of team executives, agents and others with ties to the league said they believed the matter was under serious consideration.
I have about 20 conflicting thoughts on this right now and no time to sort them out (real work beckons). What do you guys think?