NBA names Leon Newsome as new security chief

By Field Level Media
Aug 19, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attends an NBA basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA on Wednesday named former Secret Service deputy director Leon Newsome its new senior vice president and chief security officer.

Newsome, who hs spent 28 years with the Secret Service, will oversee all aspects of security operations for the NBA, WNBA and G-League as well as the league’s 15 offices worldwide. He’ll report to Bob Criqui, the president of administration effective March 15.

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“I want to thank Commissioner Adam Silver, Bob Criqui and the entire National Basketball Association family for giving me the opportunity to join such an outstanding organization,” Newsome said in a statement. “While I will miss the daily interaction with the dedicated men and women of the Secret Service, I look forward to getting started and working alongside the members of the NBA Security group.”

Newsome was an All-Ivy League football player at Princeton.

–Field Level Media