Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
I voted no. Sterling may be a racist. He may be a thoroughly despicable human being. He may have nothing of merit to show to commend him. I might choose to have nothing whatsoever to do with him.
But he is an American and, like all Americans, was intended to have the unalienable right to be who and what he is without fear that the government or some angry mob or group would descend upon him to punish him for being who and what he is.
Had he made those remarks publicly, he very well may have violated any agreement he made with the NBA and if that requires him to sell his team so be it. But so long as his intention is not to violate the rights of any other and/or he violates no rights of any other, nobody, not the government, not society, not the NBA should have any power to control what he says in private and intended to remain private or punish him for saying it. Without such protection, none of us have any rights whatsoever.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Just think how many Black athletes will be forced to go out and get real jobs since they will no longer be allowed to play in the NBA, once caught on Cell Phones and video coverage.
Wonder what the MS media will do then.....since it wont be able to turn back the PC clock's hands of time. Won't be able to save their careers. Wont be able to help them get new jobs.
Wonder how long it will take before the Athletes start going after the Media Personnel and start roughin them up so they can feel what it is like.
Absolutely not... I vote "no". This is America and people have the right to express their thoughts and beliefs in the privacy of their own home, no matter how ignorant, stupid or hateful they are. Nobody has the right to tell a private citizen who has broken no laws, that they are no longer allowed to own a business that they legally purchaced... Nobody!
I understand that the NBA, like other sports leagues, media and entertainment businesses have perfectly legal standards and conduct rules that the people in those industries sign a contract to legally abide by, but from my understanding Sterling did not violate any of those terms. If sterling had said those things publicly, or while he was acting on behalf of the team in his capacity as Clippers owner, that would violate the NBA's code of conduct and I would vote to strip him of his franchise. But this is different...
I don't care how racist, ignorant, hateful or moronic Donald Sterling is, this is America and as long as you aren't breaking the law, trampling on the rights of others, or causing harm to others (offending someone is not a crime) nobody has the right to take your personal property or deny you the right to conduct business at a company that you legally paid for and own. Everyone in America has the right to think, feel and believe anything they want to privately, and to express those beliefs (whatever they may be) in the privacy of their own home, without fear of government or entrepreneurial reprisal... It's our constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness... aka our "Freedom" and that's the issue here.
For you race hustlers out there who are chomping at the bit to pounce on me, play the race card and accuse me wanting a racist to get a free pass, you couldn't be farther from the truth. Allowing Sterling to keep his team is anything but a free pass. If he is allowed to keep the team, the free market will punish him to a far greater degree financially, than forcing him to sell the team now would, and assure that the public backlash doesn't fade away anytime soon.
If you force him to sell the team now, he will get a good price because the true financial backlash from his comments have not diminished the teams value as of yet. Allowing him to keep the team and to continue to manage it, will result in every decent, marketable player on the team to flee after the season ends and contracts expire, and no player of any quality will ever sign a contract to play with the Clippers. Meaning they are guaranteed to be losing, last place team for as long as he is owner, and season tickets, which is a huge revenue stream for NBA teams, would virtually vanish next season. Then there's the issue of TV revenue, sponsors and endorsements. No company in their right mind would want to associate, much less sponsor the Clippers, meaning that local TV will not be able to sell advertising for games and the clippers games will not be televised. The same would likely happen with radio also and would in effect, cut off every major revenue stream and in a very short amount of time, totally bankrupt the organisation... Sterling will then be stuck with a worthless franchise that's costing him millions, that nobody will be interested in buying, and even if he did manage to find a buyer, would only get a small fraction of what he would get if he is forced to sell the team now, while it's still marketable.
There is one more bright spot in letting him keep the team... If he is forced out now, this whole issue disappears in a few years and Sterling's life on a personal level, a comfort level, will return to normal and he won't suffer any more grief publicly over his words. Keeping the team however, will keep him in the spotlight, keep his name in the newspapers, keep him in the publics eye, and guarantee that this issue will not go away so easily. He'll have to deal with the public backlash for many years and possibly, for the rest of his life.
Stripping a persons of their rights and freedoms just because you disagree with their words, thoughts and beliefs, is flat out wrong. That's not the American way and not how we're supposed to do things in this country. Stand true to the constitution and the principals that have made this country great, and believe me Donald Sterling will suffer in more ways than one at the hands of the free market.
1. Dennis Rodman -> Made racist comments against Larry Bird and got away with it. If a white player were have made the same comments about black players, there would have been outrage and demanding that he sell all of his persoanal assesses..
2. Kobe Bryant -> Committing flagrant fouls only to foreigners and minorities.
3. Shaq -> Racist against Asians.
4. Isiah Thomas -> Made racist comments against Larry Bird, making stupid statements about white people in court during his legal troubles.
5. KG -> Sucker punching white people.