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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 Tralfamadore View Post
    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.
    Nice pun.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Perhaps this opinion piece puts the current "outrage" into perspective:



    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Donald Sterling’s Racism and the NBA - TIME
    I agree with all Mr. Cinder said, except Sterling losing his franchise.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Tralfamadore View Post
    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.
    I agree but, would not expect much reaction from this new commissioner if the NBA "image" infraction was committed by a player - even if it was actually criminal in nature like assault, domestic violence or DWI.

    Growing a pair is holding all in the NBA to this squeaky clean "image" standard - even those that the fans may still like to see play.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Perhaps this opinion piece puts the current "outrage" into perspective:



    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Donald Sterling’s Racism and the NBA - TIME
    I posted that on another thread here earlier. I loved it. He was spot on.

    Moral outrage is exhausting. And dangerous. The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome from the newest popular sport of Extreme Finger Wagging. Not to mention the neck strain from Olympic tryouts for Morally Superior Head Shaking.

    I give him tons of props for this. Clever, and sadly, so true.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I agree with all Mr. Cinder said, except Sterling losing his franchise.
    That is up to (75% of?) the other NBA team owners and beyond the power of the NBA commissioner. Sterling has no reason to expect that his Clipper's ownership interest will appreciate so he should try (but may not be able) to sell it for its current value.
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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
    Yes.

    It was a public relations action to pacify the NBA fans, players and - since he chimed in while overseas, the President.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I posted that on another thread here earlier. I loved it. He was spot on.

    Moral outrage is exhausting. And dangerous. The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome from the newest popular sport of Extreme Finger Wagging. Not to mention the neck strain from Olympic tryouts for Morally Superior Head Shaking.

    I give him tons of props for this. Clever, and sadly, so true.
    My girlfriend pointed it out to me; she is a big sports fan and reads lots of sports blogs/tweets.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    That is up to (75% of?) the other NBA team owners and beyond the power of the NBA commissioner. Sterling has no reason to expect that his Clipper's ownership interest will appreciate so he should try (but may not be able) to sell it for its current value.
    I'm not sure that 75% of them will vote him out. Of course, he should want to sell anyway. When you're prevented from ever having anything to do with the NBA or your team, what's the point? He's essentially excommunicated from the league, so the only reason he wouldn't sell is to be the proverbial thorn.

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

    I thought it would be this Sterling.



    Any other sterling is inconsequential.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I'm not sure that 75% of them will vote him out. Of course, he should want to sell anyway. When you're prevented from ever having anything to do with the NBA or your team, what's the point? He's essentially excommunicated from the league, so the only reason he wouldn't sell is to be the proverbial thorn.
    Who would dare to publicly support a RACIST? That old toad has plenty of other way$ to meet and impre$$ chick$.
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