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Published: Thursday, May 1 2014 8:30 p.m. MDT

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Hank Jr
Draper, UT

Too bad. It's not for sale!

Copacetic
Logan, UT

This entire episode still seems like a knee-jerk overreaction to a single, private, illegally recorded conversation between the current team owner and a woman whose comments during that conversation made it appear she may've been bating him into making racially oriented comments that could be used against him.
Why else would she have been recording it, continuously coming back to the same topic, and then immediately making it public? She definitely had an as-of-yet undisclosed motive, and it certainly wasn't a positive one. The guy was dumb for taking the bait and saying the things he did. But he definitely seemed to be set up.

Somebody obviously wanted that team to be available for sale. It all happened in record speed time with no normal investigation or due-process procedures taking place.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Copacetic

While you were busy portraying Sterling as the victim, you forgot one critical detail: He CHOSE to make those racist comments. While his mistress was baiting and recording him, he could have made the CHOICE to not say anything racist. He could have said "I love all people equally", but he didn't....he CHOSE to make racist comments about black people and Jewish people. Nobody held a gun to his head and said "say racist stuff"....he had a CHOICE and he CHOSE to be racist.

This isn't a freedom of speech issue either. Freedom of speech is why he can't go to jail for his racist statements. But the NBA is a private entity and they can decide what kind of speech they will tolerate, just like your employer and mine.

Eliot
Genola, UT

Interesting. The comments, the outrage and the subsequent lifetime ban have escalated interest in buying the team to near manic levels. Bidding may drive the price tag up and the ultimate winner will be none other than Donald Sterling.

Copacetic
Logan, UT

@ Brave Sir Robin:

Actually, I didn't forget anything. It was you who missed something. Had you read my comment a bit better and more complete, you would've noticed that I plainly stated Sterling "was dumb for saying the things he said" after I explained that he may've been baited into the conversion, which is entirely true. That point seems to be pretty clear to those who don't judge comments before reading them in their entirety. Please try doing that next time. From reading your comments on other articles, I know you generally have pretty good judgment.

I never once made an excuse for Sterling's comments... only that there seems to be some other culpability in the process they were obtained and precisely why I believe that.

That said, I still think there was an overreaction to his obviously racist comments. It took all of about 2 days to force him out of the NBA for life and receive a $2,500,000 fine with almost no discussion or investigation to determine if there were any extenuating circumstances. Just because someone does something stupid doesn't mean they abrogate all rights.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Copacetic

"Just because someone does something stupid doesn't mean they abrogate all rights."

Methinks you don't understand what rights are. Sterling didn't have any rights taken away...he is still a free man, free to do or say whatever he wants. But when it comes to dealing with a private organization, we have no rights other than those the organization decides to give us. The NBA forced him out and fined him very quickly without further investigation because they can. They don't need to have due process because they are a private organization, not the government.

You are confusing constitutionally-protected governmental rights with organizational rules which are not protected by anyone other than the organization.

CJL2020
Provo, UT

Yeah, you can whine and complain about all the backlash that comes from someone airing your dirty laundry, such as what happened to Mel Gibson, but really it is the new normal. So if you feel the need to kick against the pricks, go for it. It doesn't change anything. The hypersensitive world we live in just is what is. Those people that don't mind their manners are really just showing that they aren't as intelligent as some people might think they are. Yeah, if you're like Mel Gibson and you end up ruining your career over dumb comments, it becomes obvious you're not the sharpest tool in the shed.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@Copacetic

What rights do have to hurt sterling just because he made terrible comments?

Don't your rights end when it hurts another?
Do you actually understand what freedom of speech means?
Or what freedom of conscience means?

You are not free to hurt others just because you disagree with them. or are offended by them.

This story shows the left to be a bunch of vultures, lining up to try collect of the spoils of their PC war.

I am not sure the left really care about racism, to them it just a game to get gain and control. Some of the most honored people on the left, are most also the most racist,

Woodrow Wilson. FDR, LBJ, margret stanger, Sen. Byrd., Sen Reid, Obama, among many others, even starling himself was honored by the naacp (but then again money talks, just like I have said).

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