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Published: Monday, May 19 2014 7:49 p.m. MDT

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Eliot
Genola, UT

"Silver has said he is confident he has the votes."

What's the point of a hearing if you already have the votes?

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

The NBA can keep changing charges against Sterling until the cows come home, they still aren't going to win. Don Sterling will keep his team, counter sue the NBA, and be millions of dollars wealthier as a result. The last time I checked this is still America and freedom of speech and personal possession of property still reigns supreme (even with the Obama Regime temporarily in charge).

mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT

Freedom of speech means that the government cannot censor him for his remarks. The bylaws of the NBA say they can dump him if they want to.

RSLJAZZBYUUTAH
West Valley, UT

I will say this, it wasn't Donald Sterling that has damaged the NBA, its the officiating, the players especially the pre-modonnas.

IMAPatriot2
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

What grounds is there for "embarrassing the league" if the comments that were made were designed to be private. It wasn't his intention to make them public. If we use this standard of PC we are all in trouble.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

Interesting that in his major media release against Sterling, Silver made very clear that his penalties had nothing to do with any prior events but solely on this one instance. Now the league is saying they are trying to oust Sterling because of past behavior as well as current behavior.

They are embarrassing themselves.

Silver proclaims that he has the votes to oust Sterling before the hearing. Sounds like the Salem Witch Trials or the McCarthy Hearings. Sounds like a bought and paid for jury. Sounds un-American. Sounds like what you'd see in some third world dictatorship.

They are embarrassing themselves.

They are claiming substantive damages to the league. Good luck in proving that. But I don't think that's what they have in mind. What they are going to do is make the claim and say it loud enough and long enough that a gullible public will start to believe it is true even in the face of little or no concrete evidence.

They are embarrassing themselves.

I hate what Sterling said but I hope he beats the joke we call the NBA. If Greg Miller supports this railroad job, he should be ashamed of himself.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

So if someone releases pictures of Mrs. Miller in her shower, in the privacy of her home, should the Jazz be taken from the Miller family.

This is crazy!

If Sterling loses his team, he should sue the NBA for the losses, and the sugar baby and her beau, you know, the guy who wants to buy the team, and may have set the whole thing up.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Magic Johnson IS a poor role model ironically in the same vein as Donald Sterling. Both cheated on their wives. One got recorded and the other got something much worse. The lesson here is to keep your wife happy and don't cheat.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

NBA's a private club, he's gone.

What's really appalling are those willing to accept his racist ignorant statements as OK, No Big deal.
While I would defend his right to say whatever he likes because of "Freedom of Speech," I would never defend what he said, even as a private conversation, the things he said were classless, and repulsive. Much like shouting fire in a theatre, your not immune from criticism, or legal ramifications.

Badgerbadger said: "So if someone releases pictures of Mrs. Miller in her shower, in the privacy of her home, should the Jazz be taken from the Miller family. "

That has got to be one of the worst analogies I've read.
Recording an old racist saying horribly racist and bigoted things candidly, and taking lewd photos secretly of someone innocently showering, is the same thing to you?

IMAPatriot2 said: "It wasn't his intention to make them public. If we use this standard of PC we are all in trouble."
Only those who say repulsive, racists remarks and might be embarrassed if the neighbors/friends/co-workers find out.
So "we are all in trouble" isn't true for ALL of us.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

NBA's a private club, he's gone.

What's really appalling are those willing to accept his racist ignorant statements as OK, No Big deal.
While I would defend his right to say whatever he likes because of "Freedom of Speech," I would never defend what he said, even as a private conversation, the things he said were classless, and repulsive. Much like shouting fire in a theatre, your not immune from criticism, or legal ramifications.

Badgerbadger said: "So if someone releases pictures of Mrs. Miller in her shower, in the privacy of her home, should the Jazz be taken from the Miller family. "

That has got to be one of the worst analogies I've read.
Recording an old racist saying horribly racist and bigoted things candidly, and taking lewd photos secretly of someone innocently showering, is the same thing to you?

IMAPatriot2 said: "It wasn't his intention to make them public. If we use this standard of PC we are all in trouble."
Only those who say repulsive, racists remarks and might be embarrassed if the neighbors/friends/co-workers find out.
So "we are all in trouble" isn't true for ALL of us.

coleman51
Orem, UT

I don't know where those in the comment section get the idea that we have "freedom of speech" in our country. There are certainly limits to our "speech" and Donald Stirling certainly crossed that line. I do believe he has a right to fight legally the charges against him, but with loss of sponsors and likely players that will not play for that team it will be a futile effort. Donald Stirling will have to sell the team which likely will command a price upwards to a billion dollars. I think he will be forced to submit to the decision of the NBA because if he doesn't, he will lose a fortune in the fight. I think reality will sooner or later sink into his mind.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Those who are bitter of Sterling, are no better then he is.

Shameful!

AmPatriot
Taylorsville, UT

Sterling is not guilty. Now he can sue the NBA for publicly accusing Sterling for illegal recording of private conversation and publicly discredit the man. The NBA should have publicly renounced these phone recordings as unconstitutional and illegal then dropped all interest in what they said. But instead they pursued the illegal use of conversations to punish and infringe on his rights of free speech, that was tier big mistake and now Sterling can sue the NBA for violating his rights.

MurrayGuy
Murray, UT

I am shocked by the people in here who think this is somehow ok, or excusable. The guy was recorded. He owns a team that has agreements to set a standard for appropriate behavior which he violated. This man has a record of this type of behavior which was ignored by the previous commissioner. People keep talking about "Free Speech" fine and dandy this does not absolve the consequences for your actions. You can say what you want just don't expect others to accept it. The NBA is a business, if you violate the rules and place other's in jeopardy prepare for the consequences. Your job I would guess has similar rules, how can this actually be shocking to anyone shows complete naivete.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

Wow. Comments are getting a little snarky aren't they?

The conversation with Mr. Sterling was not private. Evidently there was another person there AND it was clear from the recording that he was aware he was being recorded. That is why he has not denied or made any issue about the illegality of the recording.

Sterling is clearly a racist and he himself does not really refute it. His ploy was to distract by talking about what a loser and disgrace to humanity Magic Johnson is. I agree. He is a promiscuous cheater and hardly someone who should be any type of example or role model.

That being said NBA has its own constitution and as such can make its own rules of conduct and Sterling appears to have broken them. A 3/4ths vote will determine his fate.

The real legal issue as I see it is why can the NBA take the 50% ownership of the team from Sterlings wife? She has done nothing wrong or made racist comments. The only thing she is guilty of is bad plastic surgery.

Sterling is wrangling legally (negotiating) to get a bigger payday when he is ousted.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

The NBA has to follow its own Constitution. Article 13 of that Constitution is quoted in the article (I've read it in its entirety). Not sure how the NBA defends a vote to force him to sell in court. What did he do that breaches a contractual duty?

There's no contractual duty not to be a bigot or an idiot.

Interestingly, his recent statement that he won't pay the fine Silver imposed on him (which is supported by the NBA Constitution since he can be fined for doing just about anything the Commish decides is detrimental to the league) may give the league the grounds they need since failure to pay the fine (after due process) could be a breach of a contractual duty he has to the league.

I'm sure his lawyers will figure it out and, after all his appeals are exhausted, he'll pay the fine.

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