Who knew the National Basketball Association was so prepared for Al-Queda, Black Panthers, and Mafia types?
“We have a security department that is large. It’s headed by Bernie Tolbert, the senior vice president of
security, former FBI, head of the Buffalo office second in command at
Philadelphia who has a background in undercover work. We have in house
representatives that are from Secret Service, U.S. Army, New York
Police Department, and New York State Police Investigation.
We, in addition, have a security network that includes a security
representative with respect to every NBA team. Those security
representatives are routinely judged and either changed as appropriate,
and instructed on the ground to be listening to what goes on, what they
hear, what they see, what they can observe. And those security
representatives are for the most part either FBI retired, local police,
in some cases DEA. And we are permitted by work rules, some of them are
actually functioning in their regular capacity for local PD and working
for us at the team level.
In addition to the constant communication with our security
represents of what goes on in the cities, we are in continuous
conversation with DEA, the FBI section on organized crime which deals
with sports betting, and with the Homeland Security Department. Our
security department operates rather extensively, and has actually been
beefed up more recently with respect to its activities in connection
with Homeland Security, which occupies since 9/11 a more substantial
time, a more substantial amount of its time.”
Bernie Tolbert, leader of the Stern Gang…outstanding.
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