Most of you who follow sports or even those of you who don’t follow sports are probably aware of the tumultuous incident that happened a few weeks ago with Clippers owner Donald Sterling. In lieu of that the NBA has gone ahead and appointed Richard Parsons, former Time Warner CEO and Citigroup chairman, to run the team on an interim basis.
The NBA released a statement that said he played college basketball and his varsity career at the University of Hawaii has been documented by the New York Times and the New Yorker, which referred to him as a “basketball star.” But the validity of Parson’s ‘star’ career is now in question.
An article published by Deadspin suggests that Parsons may never have been a hoops player, let alone a hoops star
Unfortunately we do not have statistics on Dick Parsons,” says Neal Iwamoto, sports information director for Hawaii’s men’s basketball program.
It’s not just that Parsons doesn’t show up in box scores, photos, rosters, or news stories from 1964 to 1968, the years he says he was at the school. The guys who doshow up don’t remember ever playing alongside any Dick or Richard Parsons.
“There was nobody on the team with that name,” says Harvey Harmon. A three-year letterman at Hawaii in the mid-’60s, he was captain of the varsity squad during his senior year of ’67-’68, the same year Parsons says was his senior year at the school.
The NBA and the Clippers were contacted by Deadspin and commented that Parsons only played on the freshman team for Hawaii and while Parsons calls Hawaii basketball coach, Red Rocha, a ‘father figure’ it’s understood that Rocha never coached the freshman team. In addition to Harvey Harmon flat out saying Parsons didn’t play for the team it seems that Parsons was content with letting two of the biggest publication companies in the United States carry on with this farce without trying to amend the record.