If you were David Stern and you had a 2 major referee scandals in the last 6 months, and had the integrity of your game questioned, how would you go about repairing public opinion?
Probably not by reinstating the suspended referee from incident #1.
That's right folks. Joey Crawford, who has repeatedly proven himself an out of control, spotlight grabbing, egomaniac - and who actually challenged a player to a fight in front of several thousand people - is on his way back to an arena near you.
Quote from David Stern:
"Based on my meeting with Joey Crawford, his commitment to an ongoing counseling program, and a favorable professional evaluation that was performed at my direction, I am satisfied that Joey understands the standards of game management and professionalism the NBA expects from him and that he will be able to conduct himself in accordance with those standards"Yes, that is probably true David. He can meet the standards you have in the NBA. But that's the real problem isn't it?
The good news is that if Crawford ever gets assigned to cover a Spurs or Mavs game, the bookies won't have to consult Tim Donaghy. We all know what will happen on those nights.