6.13.2012

"Have you stopped beating your wife, yet?"





NBA Commissioner David Stern was on Jim Rome's talk show today when Rome asked him if the NBA Draft Lottery was fixed.  Stern said "no" and then followed it up with "Have you stopped beating your wife?"

Well, the Internets are freaking out because everyone is saying Stern accused Rome of literally beating his wife. Heck, I think Rome even took it that way. I think we have some generational gap thing going on.  I absolutely understood that Stern was saying "that's a loaded question just like if I were to ask  'have you stopped beating your wife'".  I've heard that example for over twenty years. Maybe more. But so many people are taking it literally. Silly kids.


30 comments:

Katy Anders said...

I sort of thought everyone understood that to be a famous loaded question.

If you answer yes to it, it means you used to beat her. If you say no, it means you still beat her.

Anonymous said...

Gee, thanks for explaining it to us.

Anonymous said...

Never liked Stern, but good for him. Jim Rome has to know that was an idiotic question to ask, glad he responded with the loaded question.

I am fairly suprised that more people didn't get it.

Anonymous said...

Actually I've never heard that term. I'm glad it was explained to me and will understand it the next time I hear it.

I just assumed Rome had a history of spousal abuse (I already knew he was a douche bag) and thought stern was just firing back.

Anonymous said...

Stern = douche bag

Anonymous said...

Barry,
I'm serious. What is a person looking at if he is charged with four counts of negligent homicide such as Nalley?

Anonymous said...

Yes, i believe that wife beating is a mis-da-meaner. The more beatings she misses the meaner she gets

Anonymous said...

In High Sckool we used to ask the querstion,have you ever S**ked a sweater on than mine and guys would just lock up cuz it's another one of them no win querstions.

Anonymous said...

You live-feed had someone from Dover De, Minnesota, and Abu Dhabi.

You need to give us a worldly report on who visits from where and how many. Seems like you used to do that several yeas ago.

Anonymous said...

3:30.... Anywhere from probation to five years on each count.

RPM said...

Jim Rome deserves to be put in his place regularly. Tip o' the hat to Commissioner Stern for calling him out on asking a loaded question.

Anonymous said...

If she would learn to keep her mouth shut he wouldn't have to...

Rock Truck Driver

Anonymous said...

I am fairly surprised that more people didn't get it.

Are you kidding?

The word cool is no considered racist.

Barry Green said...

@3:30 It's a State Jail felony. Range of punishment is 180 days to two years.

However, he could be convicted and receive probation the length of which would be a maximum of five years.

Also, he could receive a probation without a conviction (deferred adjudication) with a maximum of ten years in length.

Triple Fake... said...

a variation on "ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer".
Ask a loaded question, get one in return. Although, technically that wasn't a loaded question, possibly only a stupid one. "Is the NBA still rigging the Lottery?" That's a loaded question!

Anonymous said...

The rare but rarely wrong Blog God has spoken.

Anonymous said...

@Barry Green Thank you, sir.

Anonymous said...

@Barry

That's all?

WOW

Anonymous said...

Don't ya just love Chad and Jeremy's Summer Song from 1964? It makes me feel like a kid or somethin.

Anonymous said...

3:45 SAID "S**ked a sweater on than mine"

I assume you meant "S**ked a sweeter one than mine"

You are welcome

Anonymous said...

Is Rome from Newark?

Anonymous said...

Rhome and wife beating go together like burger and fries. Now all we need is something about Loves, hookers, the city council, speed traps, and drugs.

Anonymous said...

4:22.....of course not. What kind of question is that?

It is its own town just like Alvoid.

Anonymous said...

4:31--No more drugs in Rhome, zero tolerance signs eradicated all illegal drugs.

Anonymous said...

Here's a strange observation. The live-feed has three people from Gatesville viewing this blog at one time. What's the connection?

Anonymous said...

What about wives beating husbands?

DF Tiger Woods

Anonymous said...

Q: The live-feed has three people from Gatesville viewing this blog at one time. What's the connection?- 5:02

A: They all have the same ISP.

DF Al "I invented the internet" Gore

Anonymous said...

"They all have the same ISP."

I don't know what mind reading has to do with it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is a loaded question!
"Have you stopped beating your wife yet?"...implies you HAVE been beating her and your only choice is to answer "yes, I have stopped" or "no, I'm still beating her."

Of course, the wise person would answer by saying, "I've never ever laid a hand on my wife!"

Loaded question squashed!

Andrew Kuppinger said...

Fire Stern!