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

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

    Clearly he is going to have plenty of time and money to go after the wench.

    Given his age and his pariah status for his bigoted recording, it probably works out fine.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    For his racist comments caught on tape, Clippers owner Donald Sterling recently had this ruling put on him by NBA commissioner Adam Silver:

    $2.5M fine (maximum allowed in by-laws)
    Lifetime ban from NBA games
    Lifetime ban from NBA function
    Zero access to facilities during Clippers games and practices
    Urging by the BoD to owners for forced divestiture of ownership



    Was the hammer too great, or spot on?

    Also to take into consideration:

    He spoke these words on his private property
    He broke no actual laws
    His girlfriend broke the law by recording him without his knowledge
    The guy is now poison to the NBA, I can understand the NBA wanting to get him out of any owner/official function.

    What I think is stupid is the ban from any NBA game or function. As a customer, he should be allowed to attend any NBA event the public is allowed to go to.

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

    Secret taping is a sign of the times.
    As with the Warriors asst coach who was fired for taping Coach's conversations.
    Or with the bartender taping Romney's 47%.

    The only people who really get hurt when the Sterling's of the world drag down their franchises are the "little" guys, those parking cars and flipping burgers.
    As we saw last year with the NHL.
    As we've seen over the decades with work stoppages in the NFL and MLB .
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    For his racist comments caught on tape, Clippers owner Donald Sterling recently had this ruling put on him by NBA commissioner Adam Silver:

    $2.5M fine (maximum allowed in by-laws)
    Lifetime ban from NBA games
    Lifetime ban from NBA function
    Zero access to facilities during Clippers games and practices
    Urging by the BoD to owners for forced divestiture of ownership



    Was the hammer too great, or spot on?

    Also to take into consideration:

    He spoke these words on his private property
    He broke no actual laws
    His girlfriend broke the law by recording him without his knowledge
    If his comments really were costing the NBA that much money it's probably appropriate.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    The guy is now poison to the NBA, I can understand the NBA wanting to get him out of any owner/official function.

    What I think is stupid is the ban from any NBA game or function. As a customer, he should be allowed to attend any NBA event the public is allowed to go to.
    Silver could revoke the ban after he sells the team. All the bans could be a way to get Sterling to sell the Clippers.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Many people keep comparing the decision by the NBA to ban Sterling to past cases where the punishment may have not fit the crime. It is my understanding that NBA has been heavily criticized in the past for not growing a spine and taking action against what it deems to be unacceptable behavior.

    Therefore, with a new commissioner, it seems as if the NBA is growing a pair and is taking a more stern approach.

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

    Stirling is racist scum; he's been racist scum for years, so it's disingenuous for the NBA to pretend that they are shocked... shocked, I tell you!!! ... to discover that he his racist scum.

    The fine is okay; the rest of the pile-on is overkill.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreton View Post
    I could care less about him. I'd be fine with him being imprisoned and stripped of all of his money. Him and people like him. This guy actively ****ed over people for profit. No punishment is too great for people like this.
    No punishment is too great?

    How about execution?

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

    I was just wondering, can they both fine him and make him sell the team?
    The ownership in the franchise is what allows them to fine him.
    If the force him to sell, they will cut the bind that allows the fine.
    What are they going to do if he does not pay the fine... make him sell the team?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    For his racist comments caught on tape, Clippers owner Donald Sterling recently had this ruling put on him by NBA commissioner Adam Silver:

    $2.5M fine (maximum allowed in by-laws)
    Lifetime ban from NBA games
    Lifetime ban from NBA function
    Zero access to facilities during Clippers games and practices
    Urging by the BoD to owners for forced divestiture of ownership


    Was the hammer too great, or spot on?

    Also to take into consideration:

    He spoke these words on his private property
    He broke no actual laws
    His girlfriend broke the law by recording him without his knowledge
    Perhaps this opinion piece puts the current "outrage" into perspective:

    ...
    So, if we’re all going to be outraged, let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his racism was first evident. Let’s be outraged that private conversations between people in an intimate relationship are recorded and publicly played. Let’s be outraged that whoever did the betraying will probably get a book deal, a sitcom, trade recipes with Hoda and Kathie Lee, and soon appear on Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars.

    The big question is “What should be done next?” I hope Sterling loses his franchise. I hope whoever made this illegal tape is sent to prison. I hope the Clippers continue to be unconditionally supported by their fans. I hope the Clippers realize that the ramblings of an 80-year-old man jealous of his young girlfriend don’t define who they are as individual players or as a team. They aren’t playing for Sterling—they’re playing for themselves, for the fans, for showing the world that neither basketball, nor our American ideals, are defined by a few pathetic men or women.
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Donald Sterling’s Racism and the NBA - TIME
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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