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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 Gipper View Post
    ERA wasn't around when Sterling was born. Are we grandfathering (no pun intended) racism now?
    ERA? The Equal Rights Amendment? It's not around now. It never passed.

    I'm not making excuses for Snyder. Read what I posted.
    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 vesper View Post
    No doubt he will be forced to sell at bargain basement prices.
    Then Seattle can have a team again at a low price.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Then Seattle can have a team again at a low price.
    While I kinda like the Thunder, man, Seattle got hosed in that deal when they lost the Sonics.
    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 cpgrad08 View Post
    If he sells I hope the Seattle group buys them.
    I don't think it's likely the NBA lets the Clippers move to Seattle if they weren't going to let Sacramento.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Tralfamadore View Post
    So, what if I was an employee, and I was invited into my employers residence (place of privacy), and he told me that he/she hates black people? But, I happened to record it. Would I be unjustified in releasing the recording? Or does privacy in one's own residence only apply to one's significant other?
    I thought privacy was something that the Liberals valued. Now you're saying it's not to be valued? Whatever happened to "stay out of my bedroom"?

    Or whatever happened to people being free to like and dislike whomever they want, as long as they don't act on it.

    But go ahead, tell me. You like everybody, right?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    ERA? The Equal Rights Amendment? It's not around now. It never passed.

    I'm not making excuses for Snyder. Read what I posted.
    Meant to be CRA, not ERA. My bad.

    I know you're not, but I'm saying that racism is very subjective here, and this was quite damaging for somewhat innocuous comments made privately.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    No.

    Sterling's hateful actions posed a real risk of inflicting significant, lasting, and costly damage to the NBA's global brand. Had the Commissioner not exercised decisive leadership, the NBA could have found itself in a position of a loss of talent in the longer-term, loss of advertisers, reduced TV ratings/reduced TV contract, and smaller global profile. Half-measures would have resulted in the NBA's sustaining a "slow bleed." The corporate literature is filled with accounts where corporations failed to act decisively in the face of scandals or controversies and wound up with lasting and significant reductions in the brand reputations and market capitalization.
    So it's okay to dislike people, as long as no businesses are involved. Is that right?

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

    I don't think we should have to constantly be afraid of what we say in private. I think that this is too much. A public statement is one thing, support of a candidate or advocating a policy is another. Those have effects on other people and should incur whatever ire those people have. But I don't think anyone should ever have to "watch what they say" in private.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    I don't think we should have to constantly be afraid of what we say in private. I think that this is too much. A public statement is one thing, support of a candidate or advocating a policy is another. Those have effects on other people and should incur whatever ire those people have. But I don't think anyone should ever have to "watch what they say" in private.
    Every once in a while a short, to the point and well written post pops up on here that I wish I had written first. Thank you for summing it up for me so nicely. Well said.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    I don't think we should have to constantly be afraid of what we say in private. I think that this is too much. A public statement is one thing, support of a candidate or advocating a policy is another. Those have effects on other people and should incur whatever ire those people have. But I don't think anyone should ever have to "watch what they say" in private.
    They shouldn't have to watch what they say in private, and the girl should be prosecuted for secretly taping their conversation. However, I don't really have a problem with the NBA punishing Sterling, because fair or not, their business was being hurt by his comments.
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