Stern criticizes study on refs, rips New York Times

Updated: May 4, 2007, 10:39 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- NBA commissioner David Stern criticized a study regarding racial bias among league officials and panned The New York Times for printing it, saying racism "doesn't exist in the NBA."

Speaking before Friday's Game 6 of a playoff series between Toronto and New Jersey, Stern said of the report: "My major concern about it is that it's wrong."

"This is a bum rap, that's all," Stern said. "This is a bum rap, and if it is going to be laid on us it should be ...

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