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    Re: Accept or Decline Donald Sterling Apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I don't know why he needs to apologize for a comment he THOUGHT he was making in private, that he assumed would never be made available to the general public.


    It's almost as ridiculous as apologizing for something you thought in the privacy of your own mind.
    It is scary to see that what is said in private can be made public. But, when it does an apology is in order.

    What should not happen though, IMO, is having your property stripped from you for what you said in private that was illegally taped and then released to the public without your permission. I suspect DS has a good case in court here.

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    Re: Accept or Decline Donald Sterling Apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    He apologized for his words and took ownership of the fact they were wrong. I'm good with that.

    The Magic Johnson thing is on a whole different level . I think it's fair to call magic out on this. After all, MJ was with Sterling's gf. If DS thinks Magic was using her or ****ing her or whatever, those are more than fair accusations to make.

    Magic is acting like a clown, BTW.
    Did he admit that he's a racist and indicate that he plans to work to change his attitudes? No.

    Almost certainly, he waited almost two weeks to put together what amounted to a combination alibi and limited apology (limited to words, not his attitude that was behind those words) in a bid to retain ownership of the Clippers. At least that's the perception that has been created by the large gap between the reporting of the matter and his responding to it. Needless to say, dealing with his attitude would have been taking "ownership" of the problem. He focused on the symptom (his words) not the underlying problem (attitude).

    His actions put the NBA at tremendous risk. Prior to the Commissioner's acting, the League was facing an all-out loss of advertisers and a player revolt. The League made a sound business decision in acting decisively to protect its interests. That the remarks were made in private doesn't matter, as they had come out and the NBA was facing a major crisis.

    Finally, his comments about Magic Johnson went far beyond criticizing Johnson's friendship with Stiviano. Moreover, even as he didn't intend it, his interview revealed the attitude that led to his remarks. Excerpts:

    Cooper asked, "So are you saying that African-Americans don't contribute to African-American communities as much as Jewish people --"

    Sterling -- measured for much of the interview -- cut Cooper off and snapped back.

    "There's no African-American --," he said, raising his voice. "Never mind, I don't know, I'm sorry..."


    Donald Sterling tells CNN he's not racist, slams Magic Johnson - CNN.com
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    Re: Accept or Decline Donald Sterling Apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    Did he admit that he's a racist and indicate that he plans to work to change his attitudes? No.

    Almost certainly, he waited almost two weeks to put together what amounted to a combination alibi and limited apology (limited to words, not his attitude that was behind those words) in a bid to retain ownership of the Clippers. At least that's the perception that has been created by the large gap between the reporting of the matter and his responding to it. Needless to say, dealing with his attitude would have been taking "ownership" of the problem. He focused on the symptom (his words) not the underlying problem (attitude).

    His actions put the NBA at tremendous risk. Prior to the Commissioner's acting, the League was facing an all-out loss of advertisers and a player revolt. The League made a sound business decision in acting decisively to protect its interests. That the remarks were made in private doesn't matter, as they had come out and the NBA was facing a major crisis.

    Finally, his comments about Magic Johnson went far beyond criticizing Johnson's friendship with Stiviano. Moreover, even as he didn't intend it, his interview revealed the attitude that led to his remarks. Excerpts:

    Cooper asked, "So are you saying that African-Americans don't contribute to African-American communities as much as Jewish people --"

    Sterling -- measured for much of the interview -- cut Cooper off and snapped back.

    "There's no African-American --," he said, raising his voice. "Never mind, I don't know, I'm sorry..."


    Donald Sterling tells CNN he's not racist, slams Magic Johnson - CNN.com
    There. See. He said he was sorry.


    The NBA got what it deserves. Sterling has been a loose canon for decades. I'm surprised it took this long for it to blow.

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    Re: Accept or Decline Donald Sterling Apology?

    FWIW, the NBA plans to pursue its announced remedy despite Sterling's limited apology. From the BBC:

    NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, responded: "I just read a transcript of Donald Sterling's interview with Anderson Cooper and while Magic Johnson doesn't need me to, I feel compelled on behalf of the NBA family to apologise to him that he continues to be dragged into this situation and be degraded by such a malicious and personal attack.

    "The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr Sterling as expeditiously as possible."


    BBC Sport - Donald Sterling: NBA apologises over 'attack' on Magic Johnson

    In the end, if Mr. Sterling truly wishes to confront his own personal demons (perhaps even seek professional assistance to do so) and try to atone for them, that's his personal choice. The NBA should act in a fashion that is in the best interests of the League and all of its stakeholders.
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    Re: Accept or Decline Donald Sterling Apology?

    I saw a small part of his interview with Anderson Cooper. When AC asked him if he felt betrayed by his girlfriend he said "Yes, I do. Even though I'm 51 years older than her, I was foolish enough to think she really cared about me". Foolish is the operative word here. Oh, and I think his apoligy should be declined.
    "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice"---Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Re: Accept or Decline Donald Sterling Apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    I think it's pretty funny that people are feeling sorry for the sensitive players. They are making millions of dollars playing a game they love while trying to win what they have lived a lifetime trying to win, so exactly what is there to feel sorry for them about? Oh that their employer might not like them? Who the **** cares about that? If I was one of those guys I would only care that he was paying me and I was winning games. I wouldn't give a **** if he likes me or not.

    The way they played after it all came out was just pathetic. Get over it sissy boys.
    Did you get from his comments that he does not like black people? I didn't.

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    Re: Accept or Decline Donald Sterling Apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    It's clearly marginalizing a minority. And he referred to paychecks as handouts. Both of those things are damaging to the NBA.
    I absolutely agree with him onthat point.

    All employees come to work put in their time and take their welfare check home with them. The boss has all the worrying to do.

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    Re: Accept or Decline Donald Sterling Apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Let's also ban the player who hit fans with a metal chair.
    No because THAT's ENTERTAINMENT.

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    Re: Accept or Decline Donald Sterling Apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Who wants to work for someone that considers ones paycheck (in this case, earned through lifelong commitment to excellence and hard work) to be a HANDOUT?
    The millionaires that worked hard to get on the team.

    All this crap you hear from the players is just that, crap.

    They would never give up what they have to prove a point.

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    Re: Accept or Decline Donald Sterling Apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    Did you get from his comments that he does not like black people? I didn't.
    No. All the people that say his comments were racist I don't think fully understand what the word racist means. His comments were at best racial, but there is nothing racist about telling someone they shouldn't go to the game with a black guy.

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