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Assistant GM of, um, Something

[Note: I probably wouldn't look at the assistant GM's web page if I were at work, unless your job is professional blogger.]

Despite residing on the notoriously tasteless Internet, I try to avoid notorious Internet tastelessness. Like, I probably wouldn't do the sort of story that Local Poll voter Clay Travis has done, ranking the women of the SEC. No offense, Clay.

However, when someone at the Wizards game last night told me that I should really do a story on the assistant GM for the NBDL's new Los Angeles D-Fenders franchise, I found myself squarely in the land of potential tastelessness. I just called the D-Fenders to verify that Bonnie-Jill Laflin (sports broadcaster, actress, model, dancer, host) was actually an assistant GM for the franchise, and verify they did, despite the fact that she's not listed on this Front Office page. I'm still trying to verify that she's a scout with the Lakers. And the Lakers have verified that she's a scout. I guess she's had all sorts of involvement with various pro sports franchises over the years, but the "Assistant GM" title, in my eyes, is taking things to another level. Apparently Lakers fans have been aware of this for a while. But when you do a two-year Nexis search for Bonnie-Jill Laflin and Lakers, all you get is a story from the U.S. Marine Corps, and a story from Playboy last spring that describes her as a journalist. And I couldn't find any media mentions of the D-Fenders thing.

Well, all I can do at this point is send the item to With Leather and The Big Lead and let them be tasteless.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 12:43 PM ET
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