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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]

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    He was outed before. Long ago. You even mentioned one of the cases against him. The players had no problem playing for him before this. The fans had no problem with him before this. The NAACP had no problem with him before this.
    Hang on.

    1. The players have an elite skillset that only 30 people in the country have the ability to pay for, and many of those players are better than others. Let's not just pretend that all the Clippers can walk away from that check and get jobs tomorrow. If you were on a team, would you happily walk (even if you could, contractually) and screw over a friend who might not get signed elsewhere?
    2. The fans never had a problem with Sterling? GET REAL. Clippers fans, who barely existed until they got Griffin and Paul, HATED STERLING WITH A PASSION. But if you live in LA, and you're not affluent enough to get Lakers tickets, you go see the Clippers. This is not like getting a haircut, where there's a barber shop down the street that will do the same job. In the greater LA area, there's two places to see top-level basketball -- a luxury that only NY has among American cities.
    3. The NAACP award(s) were quite obviously a giveback for face-saving financial contributions. They're hypocrites for accepting his money.

    You seem to be under the impression that people who have put their entire financial well-being into a sport where they often have no control over where they play can just comfortably walk away on principle.
    Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    He has done that, the housing discrimination lawsuit is proof of that.

    That said, your comment of "and all those like him" could have been construed to mean "all rich people," which I THINK (I don't mean to speak for him) was what set TD off.
    I've never said or meant that all rich people are like him. There are a lot of rich people who are good people. Being rich doesn't make someone a piece of ****, but it doesn't exclude him either. This man has trampled on and screwed over people because of their race, sex, social status and family. So as far as I am concerned he deserves anything bad that comes his way or happens to him.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    Hang on.

    1. The players have an elite skillset that only 30 people in the country have the ability to pay for, and many of those players are better than others. Let's not just pretend that all the Clippers can walk away from that check and get jobs tomorrow. If you were on a team, would you happily walk (even if you could, contractually) and screw over a friend who might not get signed elsewhere?
    2. The fans never had a problem with Sterling? GET REAL. Clippers fans, who barely existed until they got Griffin and Paul, HATED STERLING WITH A PASSION. But if you live in LA, and you're not affluent enough to get Lakers tickets, you go see the Clippers. This is not like getting a haircut, where there's a barber shop down the street that will do the same job. In the greater LA area, there's two places to see top-level basketball -- a luxury that only NY has among American cities.
    3. The NAACP award(s) were quite obviously a giveback for face-saving financial contributions. They're hypocrites for accepting his money.

    You seem to be under the impression that people who have put their entire financial well-being into a sport where they often have no control over where they play can just comfortably walk away on principle.
    Did they have Clippers fans at their games? Yes. Did Doc Rivers know Sterling was a racist? Yes but he took the job anyway. And so on.

    The guy has been toxic for years to those who worry about these things. But his green money wasn't being turned down. Until it became a national issue, then all this outrage.

    It's hypocrisy, Kobie.

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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 expectation of what should happen to sterling was set at the ceiling(kicked out), anything less then that would be deemed unexceptable by the likes of jaber, johnson, other well known former players/coaches and of course the sports media.

    is it legal in what they have decided to do?

    yes sterlings comments were racist in nature and his former girl friend is a very unethical person if she is the one that released the audio tape.
    Go Vols

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    Not at all like Paula Deen. She made her comments in public. His were in private to a trusted confidant. Completely different scenarios.
    It is rather stupid to assume ANYTHING you say out loud will remain private anymore...particularly when in the public eye.

    That he did so makes him rather ignorant, if not absolutely stupid.

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

    I like the part where the NBA is' urging' him to sell the team.

    What if he refuses? Boycotting the team would be cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

    If I was him... I'd sell, take the huge profit he's bound to make and tell the NBA to kiss his lily white ass.

    But thats just me.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by reconmark View Post
    Racists would believe that.....true.
    You're a racist?

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

    Kiss that?........eeewwww....no thanks!!!!


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

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    You're a racist?
    I don't believe it's hypocrisy, who does?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Did they have Clippers fans at their games? Yes. Did Doc Rivers know Sterling was a racist? Yes but he took the job anyway. And so on.

    The guy has been toxic for years to those who worry about these things. But his green money wasn't being turned down. Until it became a national issue, then all this outrage.

    It's hypocrisy, Kobie.
    History is chock full of people who held their nose and took the money. Case in point: Anyone who has ever received a paycheck signed by Donald Trump.
    Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.

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