Let's define personhood.- "Persons" are one of the two main classes which are the subject of rights, powers, and duties, the other being "citizens". Persons may be "natural" or "corporate". "Citizens" are a subclass of "natural persons". Each government may also establish, within its jurisdiction, "corporate persons" such as governmental entities, associations, trusts, corporations, or partnerships, in addition to the Common Law "natural" persons, but the "personhood" of such corporate entities is not created by the government. Its corporate personhood derives from the personhood of its members. Corporate persons must be aggregates of natural persons. Corporate persons must aggregate not violating individual basic natural rights. Sterling is an asshole but an asshole with rights. The NBA in its attempt to distant itself from a known racist may have gone over the top and violated Sterlings constitutional rights in the process.