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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 Psychoclown View Post
    I think Sterling is a scumbag and deserves plenty of public ire, but I'm not a fan of this kind of heavy handed punishment for what was a private conversation. He didn't make those statements in a public venues in the capacity of an NBA owner - then NBA punishment would be warranted. He did in private and was recorded doing so. That doesn't make his words any less despicable, but I personally don't see it as an issue the NBA needs to address.

    Would I support free agents refusing to sign with the Clippers while Sterling owned them? Yup. Would I back the players currently on the Clippers if they refused to play for this scumbag? You bet ya. Would I love to see a fan boycott of the team? Oh yeah. But I'm not crazy about the NBA or any organization playing the role of thought police.

    I agree with you to a certain point. I don't agree with forcing him to sell his franchise. Let the free market take care of that. But on the flip side, the NBA is a association that has the right to protect its brand. Regardless if the words were spoken in private or not, having this guy as a owner in the association would be a cancer to the league.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    I'm not a baby, I'm NOT!
    lol. Nice save
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    My point is that if he were to own his own league and set his own rules then he can spout all the racist crap that he wants. But low and behold he does not. He owns a team in a private organization called the NBA and their rules dictate that he, as a public figure representative of the NBA, can not go and spout racial bullcrap. He's been doing this for years, its not like this was a one time incident that the NBA flipped out about.
    Spout? He didn't "spout".

    All this ruling does is show that there is no such thing as "privacy" if you're an NBA owner. Mark Cuban better check his house for bugs.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Oh I'm sorry. I should have said instead "Our country is so wonderful! We all are supposed to now hold hands say how much we all love everybody! Shame on Sterling for not falling in line! He didn't read the memo that said he's not supposed to tell his girlfriend who he wants her to hang out with. I mean, isn't that the most important thing we have to worry about in the USA - who people's girlfriends take selfies with?"
    Yeah, because selfies and his girlfriend are the real issue here, not Sterling's dislike of black people. One can only wonder what could motivate such dedicated apologism.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    Yeah, because selfies and his girlfriend are the real issue here, not Sterling's dislike of black people. One can only wonder what could motivate such dedicated apologism.
    So like I said, his sin was not liking everyone.

    I don't know about you, but I don't sit up at night worrying about who total strangers like or don't like. But hey, whatever makes you happy. Everyone needs a hobby.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    So like I said, his sin was not liking everyone.
    Your attempt to downplay and soften his comments is duly noted. Racism != Not liking everyone. Learn the difference, or cut the dishonesty and at least recognize such.

    I don't know about you, but I don't sit up at night worrying about who total strangers like or don't like. But hey, whatever makes you happy. Everyone needs a hobby.
    As if one can't openly oppose and seek to censor such backwardness without obsessing over it. I'm starting to wonder if you're capable of carrying on a discussion in normal terms.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    Your attempt to downplay and soften his comments is duly noted. Racism != Not liking everyone. Learn the difference, or cut the dishonesty and at least recognize such.



    As if one can't openly oppose and seek to censor such backwardness without obsessing over it. I'm starting to wonder if you're capable of carrying on a discussion in normal terms.
    Nice try, but I don't attempt to downplay or soften anything. I don't care about his comments. You do. I don't obsess over who someone wants his girlfriend to hang out with.

    He was the NBA's problem - not mine. They dealt with him. Me, I don't really care about him.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Nice try, but I don't attempt to downplay or soften anything. I don't care about his comments. You do. I don't obsess over who someone wants his girlfriend to hang out with.

    He was the NBA's problem - not mine. They dealt with him. Me, I don't really care about him.
    No one's obsessing here Your continued insistence that the discussion merely revolved around who he wanted his girlfriend to hang out with is downplaying his comments and attempting to cast them in a far more positive light. Anyone with a lick of sense can see that quite clearly.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    No one's obsessing here Your continued insistence that the discussion merely revolved around who he wanted his girlfriend to hang out with is downplaying his comments and attempting to cast them in a far more positive light. Anyone with a lick of sense can see that quite clearly.
    Oh. Oh well. Carry on then. There's probably someone making a racist comment to his girlfriend in private right now. Maybe you can find that person? I don't have the time, sorry. The Rangers are on soon.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Nobody should be verbally abused or assualted by their employer, regardless of their color, sex, or other unique attribute.

    I'm a blonde woman, and have had to tolerate "dumb blonde" jokes most of my life. I've learned to ignore them because in the grand scheme of things, they don't matter to me, but if I really think about it, I could be highly offended.
    Dumb blond jokes are one thing. But that's nothing compared to how blacks, like my parents and grandparents, were treated in the south up until the mid to late sixties. It's unbelievable when you think about it. How could such behavior be tolerated for so long.

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