After TMZ released an audio tape of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to Clippers games, NBA commissioner Adam Silver imposed the harshest punishment possible — banning Sterling from the NBA for life and making him pay a $2,500,000 fine.
I’ve heard a lot of debate this week about freedom of speech and how someone could be held accountable for a comment they made in private.
Guess what? If I made a discriminatory comment about my boss, I would lose my job. I’m sick of the free speech argument. There’s a thing called common sense.
Does the NBA really have the right to force an owner to sell a team? Yes, they do. They have a constitution. They need a three fourths vote, and judging by all the statements from the teams this week, it looks like a slam dunk.
Silver did the right thing. As the new commissioner of the NBA, he needed to make a statement that this would not be tolerated. If he came down any lighter on Sterling’s sentence, he would have received a ton of backlash. He wants Sterling gone from the league and he wants the other owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers. Silver says he’s confident that will happen.
Sterling has no choice but to sell. Players, advertisers and coaches will continue to shun the Clippers as long as Sterling is the owner. In fact, before the ruling on Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors had voted to boycott that night’s game.
There is a process and timeline the NBA must follow in order to oust Sterling, and that is detailed in its constitution and bylaws. Silver has three days to provide Sterling with the charges, Sterling has five days to respond and the Board of Governors then will vote within 10 days of Sterling’s response, according the constitution and bylaws.
Luckily, all of this came to light before the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP gave Sterling a Lifetime Achievement Award next month.
Why did the NAACP even consider giving him such an award in the first place??? This isn’t the first example of him being racist. He was sued a few years back for not renting to black residents.
This guy is an idiot and I’m glad the NBA was so harsh. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s going to go away quietly.
The worst thing about this whole thing….is that even if he doesn’t fight, and is forced to sell the team, he will still walk away from this with close to billion dollars (estimated value of the franchise).
A number of big names have already expressed interest in buying the team that Sterling has owned since 1981, including Oprah Winfrey.
Can you imagine Oprah as an NBA owner? I can see it now….at halftime….every fan gets a car!!