Too bad. It's not for sale!
This entire episode still seems like a knee-jerk overreaction to a single,
private, illegally recorded conversation between the current team owner and a
woman whose comments during that conversation made it appear she may've
been bating him into making racially oriented comments that could be used
against him. Why else would she have been recording it, continuously
coming back to the same topic, and then immediately making it public? She
definitely had an as-of-yet undisclosed motive, and it certainly wasn't a
positive one. The guy was dumb for taking the bait and saying the things he did.
But he definitely seemed to be set up.Somebody obviously wanted that
team to be available for sale. It all happened in record speed time with no
normal investigation or due-process procedures taking place.
@CopaceticWhile you were busy portraying Sterling as the victim, you
forgot one critical detail: He CHOSE to make those racist comments. While his
mistress was baiting and recording him, he could have made the CHOICE to not say
anything racist. He could have said "I love all people equally", but he
didn't....he CHOSE to make racist comments about black people and Jewish
people. Nobody held a gun to his head and said "say racist stuff"....he
had a CHOICE and he CHOSE to be racist.This isn't a freedom of
speech issue either. Freedom of speech is why he can't go to jail for his
racist statements. But the NBA is a private entity and they can decide what
kind of speech they will tolerate, just like your employer and mine.
Interesting. The comments, the outrage and the subsequent lifetime ban have
escalated interest in buying the team to near manic levels. Bidding may drive
the price tag up and the ultimate winner will be none other than Donald
@ Brave Sir Robin:Actually, I didn't forget anything. It was
you who missed something. Had you read my comment a bit better and more
complete, you would've noticed that I plainly stated Sterling "was dumb
for saying the things he said" after I explained that he may've been
baited into the conversion, which is entirely true. That point seems to be
pretty clear to those who don't judge comments before reading them in their
entirety. Please try doing that next time. From reading your comments on other
articles, I know you generally have pretty good judgment. I never
once made an excuse for Sterling's comments... only that there seems to be
some other culpability in the process they were obtained and precisely why I
believe that. That said, I still think there was an overreaction to
his obviously racist comments. It took all of about 2 days to force him out of
the NBA for life and receive a $2,500,000 fine with almost no discussion or
investigation to determine if there were any extenuating circumstances. Just
because someone does something stupid doesn't mean they abrogate all
@Copacetic"Just because someone does something stupid
doesn't mean they abrogate all rights."Methinks you
don't understand what rights are. Sterling didn't have any rights
taken away...he is still a free man, free to do or say whatever he wants. But
when it comes to dealing with a private organization, we have no rights other
than those the organization decides to give us. The NBA forced him out and
fined him very quickly without further investigation because they can. They
don't need to have due process because they are a private organization, not
the government.You are confusing constitutionally-protected
governmental rights with organizational rules which are not protected by anyone
other than the organization.
Yeah, you can whine and complain about all the backlash that comes from someone
airing your dirty laundry, such as what happened to Mel Gibson, but really it is
the new normal. So if you feel the need to kick against the pricks, go for it.
It doesn't change anything. The hypersensitive world we live in just is
what is. Those people that don't mind their manners are really just showing
that they aren't as intelligent as some people might think they are. Yeah,
if you're like Mel Gibson and you end up ruining your career over dumb
comments, it becomes obvious you're not the sharpest tool in the shed.
@CopaceticWhat rights do have to hurt sterling just because he made
terrible comments?Don't your rights end when it hurts
another?Do you actually understand what freedom of speech means?Or
what freedom of conscience means?You are not free to hurt others
just because you disagree with them. or are offended by them.This
story shows the left to be a bunch of vultures, lining up to try collect of the
spoils of their PC war.I am not sure the left really care about
racism, to them it just a game to get gain and control. Some of the most honored
people on the left, are most also the most racist,Woodrow Wilson.
FDR, LBJ, margret stanger, Sen. Byrd., Sen Reid, Obama, among many others, even
starling himself was honored by the naacp (but then again money talks, just like
I have said).