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

    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

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

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

    Preventing him from attending games for a while might be in his best interests, really. The 2.5 million fine for him would be like you or I paying a parking finein termsof percentage of net worth thus extractred.

    Overall, it does seem a bit harsh, but this is not an isolated comment, as he has quite the long history of racist behavior. By allaccounts,he is a first rate a-hole as well, so I suspect the punishment is really more for a body of work than this one comment.
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    re: Was Sterling's punishment too much? [W:359]

    The NBA is a joke. This "outrage" is over simple speech (not any illegal act) but that speech has damaged the league's "image" in a way that reduces its profits. An NBA owner is no more of an NBA "representative" than an NBA player is, in fact, I doubt most could name nearly as many NBA owners as NBA players (even as a percentage of the total). If an NBA player is arrested and convicted of a crime they are not banned for life and certainly not fined $2.5 million.

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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
    It is a valid question, but the legality is out of scope, as this is an agreement within a group.
    I think the other owners want to distance themselves from this as quickly as possible.

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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
    I wouldn't have a problem if they yanked his ownership rights. That's the NBA's right to address issues that might hurt their image. The rest of the stuff, however, is ridiculous.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I wouldn't have a problem if they yanked his ownership rights. That's the NBA's right to address issues that might hurt their image. The rest of the stuff, however, is ridiculous.
    Well I don't think they can just outright pull his ownership rights because from what Mark Cuban was saying since it doesn't involve gambling then that power isn't given to the League. However, I think Silver did the next best thing in his mind, which is why there was the ban.
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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
    Spot on.

    The commissioner and owners are concerned with the league and it's profitability.
    Players wouldn't want to play for him.
    Fans wouldn't support the team either because they don't like his comments or the team couldn't get talent.
    Advertisers in one of the countries largest media markets wouldn't want anything to do with him.
    He would destroy the Clippers just as they are starting to turn into one of the better teams.
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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
    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.
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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
    This is leading down a very slippery slope, where we allow Media outrage to guide our reactions, in a legal sense, towards the expression of someones opinion. Once you start limiting what people can say, you're only one step away from limiting ALL freedoms based on standards not rooted in the law. Mob rule is an appeal to emotions of common denominators, like anger, self righteousness and revenge, not reason, tolerance and justice.
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