NBA commish curtailed Cuban’s Romo send-off

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo prepares to take a shot as Dallas Mavericks fans watch during team warm ups before an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Dallas, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver barred Mavericks owner Mark Cuban from signing Tony Romo and potentially playing him. Should he have allowed it?

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The story:

Longtime Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got a unique send-off from Dallas fans on Tuesday night, when he suited up for the Mavericks and participated in pre-game festivities before riding the bench. He wasn’t expected to get into the game, but there was a sliver of hope that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had a trick up his sleeve. As it turns out, he did. It’s just that NBA commissioner Adam Silver shut down his plan to get Romo into the game. That’s what Cuban said afterward, at least. “I told him what I was going to do and said, ‘Fine me if you don’t like it,’ ” Cuban said, via ESPN. The reason Romo couldn’t play Tuesday night is because his contract wouldn’t have been honored. At that point, there was nothing Cuban could do, considering how much work it would have been to make it happen.

Coach Rick Carlisle:

“Signing him and stuff like that, would have been too much for a lot of reasons,” he 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.”

Mark Cuban:

“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.”

Tony Romo:

“For me, it’s a huge honor just to see that they want to do something just to say thank you for your career, what you did for the city to help the city and they way that I’ve supported them,” Romo said at the Mavericks shootaround on Tuesday. “I don’t feel like I deserve anything like this. I feel like this whole week has been emotional in the sense of just the outpouring of support from people who appreciated you and loved you.”

What do you think? Should Silver have allowed Romo to play?

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