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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    I voted yes, but that doesn't mean I didn't think it would happen. Still trying to figure out how you ban an OWNER. I'm sure they are too, thus the word 'URGING'. Once recordings of more than an hour of private conversations were made public, it was open season on Mr. Sterling. No surprise there -- White Guilt is a heavy burden. Gotta hang the guy from the highest tree.

    I think the ole boy might've been set up. I have an elderly dad... it wouldn't be that hard to manipulate him into saying something offensive... esp if you were a 38 yo golddigger. Who knows, maybe his wife is the one who was in cahoots with the g/f. I can hear the exchange now...

    Mrs: "I'm suing you for millions, but what I really want is to get even with that prick husband of mine. Do you wanna work together to destroy him and I'll drop the charges against you in return for the favor?"

    G/F: "Sure. How shall we do it?"

    Mrs: "Well, he's a racist... you can always set him up to rant about blacks, record it and release it to TMZ. White Guilt Americans won't rest until he's destroyed. Why don't you call your friend, Magic Johnson and see if he'll help."

    G/F: "Will do."

    Mission accomplished.

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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    Can you really blame them for the punishment with the consequences facing them? With all the sponsors pulling out and the NBA Players Association threatening to boycott during the playoffs if Sterling wasn't severely punished it gave the commissioner no choice.

    The real problem is the outrage over his comments that forced the commissioner's hand in this.
    That is pretty much what I said.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    I can see your point. No doubt, the Commissioner was in a very tough spot. This story has spread like wildfire and I think people are reacting without seeing the whole picture. The man -- as reprehensible as he is -- spoke in confidence. I would be all for the stern punishment had he said such vile words directly to the press or at a speaking engagement.
    While people have the luxury of debating all angles of the Sterling incident, the NBA Commissioner didn't have the luxury of doing so. He faced an imminent revolt among advertisers in the wake of what had become a high-profile story. He has a fiduciary responsibility to act in the League's best interests. All of the League and its stakeholders faced serious and lasting damage. Pressure was rapidly intensifying. Had he punted or delayed his announcement, he would almost certainly have lost control of events. His decisive leadership was in the best interests of the League and very likely averted a disaster for the NBA.

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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    True at least Stern, who seemed to hate Seattle with a burning passion, is no longer commissioner. But the Clippers have top 10 attendance and the NBA isn't going to want to take the PR hit that comes with punishing a fan base by letting their team move because of an owner's inflammatory comments.
    L.A. doesn't need two NBA teams.
    Last edited by cpgrad08; 04-29-14 at 08:21 PM.

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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    That is pretty much what I said.
    I didn't really mean it to criticize you. Just adding on.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    L.A. doesn't need to NBA teams.
    They don't. But they're going to continue to have two.
    There should be Instant Runoff Voting

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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    They don't. But they're going to continue to have two.
    Not if the team is bought by a non-L.A. Owner.

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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Not if the team is bought by a non-L.A. Owner.
    Which the NBA won't let happen. Seattle deserves a team, but they are probably going to have to wait until the TV contract runs out in a few years and they discuss expansion.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    That's the other thing that nobody seems to take into account, regarding the NBA's sudden interest in Sterling's bigotry and comparing this response to past transgressions by Sterling and many, many others. Adam Silver just took over as commissioner in Februrary. New administration, and he's making a statement.
    Depending on whether Sterling wants to fight back that "statement" may backfire on him. We will see I suppose.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    While I kinda like the Thunder, man, Seattle got hosed in that deal when they lost the Sonics.
    And guess who the head of the relocation committee is? None other than the dickhead Clay Bennett.
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