NBA Commissioner Adam Silver ‘should have been fired’ for firing Commissioner Adam Schiller
Adam Silver should have been removed from his post as commissioner in January 2017, the NCAA has said.
The NCAA announced on Monday that it will investigate allegations that Adam Silver, then the league’s chief executive officer, made “inappropriate sexual comments” towards the head of the league office in New York City.
“We will hold Commissioner Adam to account for his actions and have a full investigation of his conduct,” said Dan Wetzel, the executive director of the NCAA Division I Basketball Board.
The decision to launch an investigation follows a report published in The New York Times earlier this month, which alleged that Silver had made “sexually charged comments” to a woman in 2015.
The report alleged that the comments, which included “grabbing her buttocks, pushing her genitals against her, and making inappropriate sexual comments, were made during an elevator ride and then later on the phone.”
These allegations come amid multiple women’s accounts of sexual misconduct and harassment at the hands of Commissioner Adam, including several who were under his direct supervision,” Wetzel said.”
In light of this report, we are taking a thorough and impartial look at his conduct as commissioner.
“Wetzel added that the NCAA was “committed to ensuring that every woman who works for or plays for the NCAA receives the respect she deserves.
“Adam Silver is shown in an undated photo.
AP/Nancy MacLeanThe report came after the NCAA received a complaint from a woman who said that she had been harassed and sexually assaulted by Silver in 2015 and 2016.
The woman said that Silver would “grab my breasts” and then “push me down to his crotch” and “force himself on me”.”
I had no idea how to fight back and no idea what to do next,” the woman told the Times.
It just feels good’,” the woman said. “
I asked him why he was touching me, and he said, ‘I don’t know.
It just feels good’,” the woman said.
“He was in his underwear.”
The woman told investigators that she “could feel her own breast under his arm” and that he was “pushing it into his pants” and kissing it.
“He pulled his pants down and told me that he liked my nipples,” the Times reported.
“The next day, when he was driving to a conference call, he asked me if I had told anyone about it.
I told him no.
He pulled over and said, I don’t want to hear about this.
Adam Silver at a press conference on January 11, 2018 in New Jersey. “
In my case, he pulled me back into the car and made inappropriate sexual remarks about me,” she said.
Adam Silver at a press conference on January 11, 2018 in New Jersey.
Getty ImagesThe woman was told that “this incident was not isolated, but a pattern of conduct”, and that “Silver repeatedly made sexually explicit comments to other women”.
According to the Times, the woman filed a sexual harassment complaint with the university, which was forwarded to the NCAA.
According to The New Yorker, the school then notified the NCAA of the allegation.
The complaint alleged that while at an event with the New York Knicks in October 2015, Silver “told the female basketball player, ‘If you ever tell anyone about this, you better be really good at what you’re doing’.”
The woman “did not immediately report the incident to her coach or other female teammates,” The New Magazine said.
A New York University spokesperson told the publication that the university was “not aware of any such complaint”.
The Times reported that “some of the women” who spoke to the paper said they did not have a “good feeling” about the report, but that “it does raise questions about whether Adam Silver behaved appropriately” during his tenure as commissioner.
Adam Schiller, a former US attorney for New York, is shown during an interview with Fox News on April 18, 2017.
AP The Times added that it “is unclear whether Adam Schilling was involved in this complaint, and whether it was pursued by the NCAA”.
Adam Silver was appointed commissioner of the NBA in February 2018.
He resigned in March 2018, two months after the women’s claims were made.
Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that while the allegations are “deeply troubling”, they do not constitute a criminal investigation and should not be referred to the FBI.
“This is the kind of report we get when you get a number of women, who have made accusations, who say that this man behaved inappropriately, with all the evidence coming in and then the report coming out,” Schiff said.
Adam Silver is seen on March 27, 2020 in New Mexico.
AP PhotoAdam Schiff is a member of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.
Adam Schiff/Getty ImagesAdam Schiff told Fox News that he “has not heard” the allegations against Adam Silver.