How are you making out with getting the others whose opinion you disagree with to explain it? I can't imagine I'm the only person in the thread whose opinion is relevant to you. Or am I?
I believe in personal property rights. I also believe that what Sterling did was inconsequential. I don't believe it will hurt the NBA. If it did, the NBA is in big trouble anyway.
Luckily for you, though, I'm not an NBA team owner, so it doesn't really matter what I think, does it? It isn't my decision what happens to Sterling. I have no control over it, nor do I care one way or another.
Shortly after the release of an audio recording this past Saturday morning of a conversation that allegedly included Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the NBA commenced an investigation, which among other things, included an interview of Mr. Sterling.
That investigation is now complete. The central findings of the investigation are that the man whose voice is heard on the recording and on a second recording from the same conversation that was released on Sunday is Mr. Sterling and that the hateful opinions voiced by that man are those of Mr. Sterling.
The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful; that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.
Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multiethnic league.
I am personally distraught that the views expressed by Mr. Sterling came from within an institution that has historically taken such a leadership role in matters of race relations and caused current and former players, coaches, fans and partners of the NBA to question their very association with the league.
To them, and pioneers of the game like Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, Sweetwater Clifton, the great Bill Russell, and particularly Magic Johnson, I apologize. Accordingly, effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA. Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices. He may not be present at any Clippers facility, and he may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.
He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings or participating in any other league activity.
I am also fining Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA constitution. These funds will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and its Players Association.
As for Mr. Sterling's ownership interest in the Clippers, I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that that happens. This has been a painful moment for all members of the NBA family. I appreciate the support and understanding of our players during this process, and I am particularly grateful for the leadership shown by Coach Doc Rivers, Union President Chris Paul and Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, who has been acting as the players' representative in this matter.
We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views. They simply have no place in the NBA.
Thank you, and I'll take any questions.
Full transcript of Adam Silver on Donald Sterling ban
What are the opinions of the others who said they would vote "no"? I missed you pointing out to them - conservatives and liberals alike - that they shouldn't vote "no". Can you point out which posts they are?
Yes because he's bad for my business. We're franchise owners and he's devaluing the brand.
He who knows the least obeys the best.
As far as the sale of the team, I'm opposed to it - but he did agree to abide by the NBA's constitution. It'd be no different than people who decide to buy homes in places where they have home owner's associations or condo committees.
That "Secret" NBA Constitution Is Now Online
The Commissioner shall have the power to suspend for a definite or indefinite period, or to impose a fine not exceeding $1,000,000, or inflict both such suspension and fine upon any person who, in his opinion, shall have been guilty of conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the Association.It's a damn shame because I don't think what he did was terrible. However, an NBA team isn't a car or a house. He doesn't own the team in that sense. He is more like the owner of a condo than the owner of a house. It may be paid in full but if he doesn't follow certain regulations and laws, he can be forced out and he agreed with that.
The Membership of a Member or the interest of any Owner may be terminated by a vote of three fourths (3/4) of the Board of Governors if the Member or Owner shall do or suffer any of the following:
(a) Willfully violate any of the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws, resolutions, or agreements of the Association.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK