This Month’s Edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME® Premieres
Wednesday, May 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME
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LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2014) – NBA Players Association Vice President Roger Mason Jr., tells Jim Rome on this month’s edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME that superstar LeBron James is prepared to lead an NBA player boycott of the 2014-15 season if the Donald Sterling ownership issue is not resolved by the start of next season. JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME premieres this Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
“What if [Donald Sterling] is still there. I mean, he’s not going down without a fight. What if he’s still there when next season starts?” Rome asked Mason during a compelling Open Forum discussion.
“If it’s not handled by… the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball,” Mason said. “I was just in the locker room with LeBron… At the end of the day, you know we have leaders. We have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members… Leaders of the teams, they’re all saying the same thing, ‘If this man is still in place, we ain’t playing’.”
Rome followed up: “So your guy LeBron, you think he would not play if Sterling were still in there when the [next] season started?”
“I was just in the locker room three or four days ago. LeBron and I talked about it,” Mason said. “He ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner.”
Rome asked about Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling. “What if he’s not there, but his wife is,” Rome asked.
“No Sterling deserves to be an owner of that franchise any longer,” Mason said. “And I’ve gone down the line from LeBron to the other guys in the league that I’ve talked to and they all feel the same way. There’s no place for that family in the NBA.”
Also contributing to the must-see Open Forum segment are USC Professor and pop culture expert Todd Boyd and former 13-year NFL veteran Ephraim Salaam.
Also appearing on the episode are: Anaheim Angels outfielder Mike Trout, NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, comedian D.L. Hughley, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, and former baseball great Darryl Strawberry.
JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME airs Wednesdays with encore airings all month long on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and is available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.
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