Utah Jazz CEO Greg MIller applauds Silver's decision on Donald Sterling

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  • COOL HAND LUKE Watching, UT
    May 2, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    @ osgarth

    Do you know the difference between the 1st. Amendment and the 2nd. Amendment? You might want to check on that.....

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    May 1, 2014 6:47 p.m.

    These are the most interesting and fascinating posts I've EVER read on this site. I just returned from a vacation and followed this whole mess on motel TV and my trusty Smart phone the whole time, much to the chagrin of my husband (who correctly thinks I'm neurotic on NBA stuff). The bottom line (right or wrong) is that racial bigotry is alive and well and probably won't go away no matter the fines (pocket change for D.Sterling)or finger-pointing. It is truly appalling and goes in both directions. I don't get it and never will. These players are working their hearts out to win games and certainly don't want to be distracted by this "stuff." I love this game and whoever plays it with their heart and emotions and talents. This is such bad timing for all of this drama, but when is a good time for it? Lots to think about and self-reflection as to where one stands on racial bigotry (or any other bigotry). Can't we just lighten up?

  • Alfred Phoenix, AZ
    April 30, 2014 9:05 p.m.

    "Alfred...: Ironically I don't have a personal copy of the NBA franchise rules. Therefore neither I nor you know if all the bylaws were followed here."

    Then, perhaps you should not quote a source that you know nothing about. Just a thought.

    "However, I respect the right of an exclusive organization to govern itself."

    I would hope you would respect the right of a ball club owner as well.

    "When the vast majority of owners finally vote the (sic) Sterling has to sell the team, we will see active democracy at work."

    That's not democracy. It's more aptly call 'strong-armed terrorism.'

  • Bob01 Layton, Utah
    April 30, 2014 3:58 p.m.


    Why did you not point out how disruptive the 1st commentator was who claimed Don Sterling is a Democrat? That's not very consistent, & since you're obviously very concerned about being consistent, I thought I'd point out your inconsistency.

  • Utopian_Lie Centerville, UT
    April 30, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    "I wouldn't worry about Greg Miller, or any of the family. They have never indicated the propensity to make stupid statements. Nobody can hold them responsible for the policies of the Church, and we can be sure they will never say anything on the subject that would draw attention to them."

    Propensity to make stupid statements? All it would take is for a reporter to ask some owner "do you support gay marriage". Even the proverbial "no comment" might not fly in that regard.

    Esquire political blogger Charlie Pierce, for example. Appearing as a guest on Tuesday’s PBS NewsHour, Pierce suggested that NBA commissioner Adam Silver should now consider taking action against the DeVos family, which owns the Orlando Magic, for the family’s opposition to gay marriage.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    April 30, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    Alfred, Utopian Lee and Brio: Ironically I don't have a personal copy of the NBA franchise rules. Therefore neither I nor you know if all the bylaws were followed here. However, I respect the right of an exclusive organization to govern itself. When the vast majority of owners finally vote the Sterling has to sell the team, we will see active democracy at work.

    Whether they have a legal right to punish someone for opinions expressed in the privacy of his own home or not is not the point. They have the institutional right to do so.

    I wouldn't worry about Greg Miller, or any of the family. They have never indicated the propensity to make stupid statements. Nobody can hold them responsible for the policies of the Church, and we can be sure they will never say anything on the subject that would draw attention to them.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    April 30, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    @ wrz:

    You need to get a dictionary. It's actually you who doesn't get it. Racism can be displayed by any ethnic group and quite often is around much of the world. More so than many Americans are aware of since most black-on-white racism usually goes unreported by the American press.

    When some terrible hate crimes, such as the Polar Bear games (where black inner-city youth walk behind any unsuspecting white person and try to knock that person out with as few of punches as possible... even killing several people), are largely unreported, many people in America remain unaware.

    When the New York Times and the Washington Post were recently asked why they usually don't publish those particular types of racial crimes, their response was that they don't want to stir up racial tensions. However, they don't seem to have any problem whatsoever when the crime involves white-on-black incidents. In fact, they often try to sensationalize those stories.

    Sadly, it's the type of thing we've come to expect from the liberal media, and a major reason why so many people now claim they no longer trust the media press.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    April 30, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    @ Bob01:

    I'm quite certain this article has nothing to do with any political party. As such, I'm surprised your Republican affiliation comment was allowed to be posted. It's very much off-topic and therefore disruptive.

    The level of process regarding normal NBA bylaws that obviously wasn't followed is this particular case is very disappointing. Sterling wasn't given any type of hearing before the NBA governing board. Nor was he given proper time to respond with any type of defense regarding possible extenuating circumstances. Even if he is totally guilty, there should've been given enough time for a proper investigation with some type of internal process of law before such a record setting penalty was meted out.

    The overly expedited process made it appear the first year NBA commissioner was just trying on his new wings of authority and also trying to win tacit approval of the players on a big national stage. This penalty had enormous implications. And yet more time is usually spent investigating a player drug use allegation. Regardless of the reason, the manner in which this entire process played out was disappointing.

  • Alfred Phoenix, AZ
    April 30, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    DN Subscriber:
    "However, it seems that these two can engage in whatever disgusting or immoral behavior they like..."

    Whoa! For a minute there, I thought you were talking about professional athletes, who, according to Rush, have fathered about 90 illegitimate children over the last years.

    "The hypersensitivity about any real or imagined slur against African-Americans is an unacceptable and hypocritical double standard..."

    Apparently, Black rappers can get away with all sorts of slurs against White people and no one seems to care. And what about Farrakhan, Rev. Wright & Jackson, and Sharpton... who have nothing but evil to say against White people?

    "Sterling broke the rules and is being disenfranchised. He has every right to express his opinions but must accept the consequences of doing so."

    His opinion was expressed in the privacy of his own home. Can you show us where, in the franchise agreement, he can't utter whatever he wishes in the privacy of his own home without penalty?

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    April 30, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    @ pleblian:

    If for even a single moment you think that rapper Jay-Z is just passively wearing paraphernalia of anti-white groups, you need to catch up to what's going on in the real world.
    Jay-z went on a very vulgar, obscenity laced anti-white tirade, most of which had to be bleeped out when replayed back on national TV, after this incident happened. It was totally shameful and multiple times worse than anything Sterling even thought about saying. And very few people (like yourself) even noticed.

    Since there is an obvious double standard in this country when it comes to the level of racism that whites and blacks can get away with, hardly anything at all on the national scene was even mentioned about Jay-Z's racial driven melt down.

    Even president Obama can for years attend the obscenity laced tirades of "Reverend" White's weekly anti-white and anti-America sermons without receiving any meaningful negativity for doing so. Had someone like Mitt Romney attended just a single meeting like that, the liberal media would've crucified him in the press.
    A complete and total double standard undoubtedly exists.

  • Utopian_Lie Centerville, UT
    April 30, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    This is all fine and dandy until the league votes to oust some owner (possibly Greg Miller?)
    because he believes that marriage should only be between a man and a women and he's then called a bigot and a hater for his beliefs and the Jazz are gone.

  • Dave in AZ Snowflake, AZ
    April 30, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    To all the commentors I say, let them without sin cast the first stone!!

    In reality, we have a predjudiced society from all angles and that is the problem. It is inherent in people to favor their own, regardless of their faults. The size of that predjudice is based on the love and care found in society, and today we have very little of both. Oh, there are pockets of love and caring but mostly within a safe distance of our home,.....maybe 20 feet away!! ( I'm just kdding there.)

    But we need more honesty and integrity in society and it comes starts from our leaders...... Well, I'm not going there!!

    Nough said!! Well, we'll see how this plays out,won't we?!

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    April 30, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    Allegations on this thread that this is a 2nd Amendment issue amaze me. The 2nd Amendment is about legal procedure. This is not a legal proceeding. This is a private, internal matter.

    If you pay your $45,000 fee, verify a net worth of $450,000 with $150,000 liquid cash on hand, you can buy a McDonald's franchise, giving you the right to spend another million dollars preparing a location. Once you open for business you are free to offer your product for sale.

    However, you are not free to offer bratwurst with sauerkraut under the McDonald's name. It is not a McDonald's product. If you act contrary to the rules of the franchise the corporation has the right to terminate your franchise.

    An NBA team is a franchise. Owners agree to abide by franchise rules. Majority rules in all decisions. Sterling broke the rules and is being disenfranchised. He has ever right to express his opinions but must accept the consequences of doing so.

    When people are excommunicated from the LDS Church, do we lament the loss of 2nd Amendment rights? Maybe, but it still happens. If you belong to an exclusive club, break the rules - you get ousted.

  • dave22 SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT
    April 30, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    All things considered, Donald Sterling is not what you could call an upstanding citizen and deserved a very swift and harsh "penalty" no doubt..

    but the celebration from the NBA and black community on the whole, was quite outrageous.. Kevin Johnson basically said "we will come to your house and get you, no questions asked" if we think you are a white person who is racist against black people..

    I was waiting for one single person from the NBA to say that Donald needs to apologize and explain himself.. this would really help in the healing process.. if he declines, so be it, and that would be even worse for him.

  • COOL HAND LUKE Watching, UT
    April 30, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    This is purely an attack on the 1st Amendment. It doesn't matter at all whether any remark one makes is liked or detested....It's about "do I have the right to an opinion and do I have the right to voice that opinion". In my opinion, any hateful remark is just a basis for discussion....other than that it's just noise. How can a civilized society advance the cause of mutual understanding and racial equality, if free speech is stifled? No, I believe that opposing views should be out in the open, examined and discussed. People can make up their own minds if they support that opinion. Like it or not, stifling free speech with the seemingly whimsical selectivity of liberal PC is wrong!. Say what you believe, state an opinion in the most offensive terms you can dream up, and I'll support your right to do so....even though I strongly disagree, and that is MY right!

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    April 30, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    Look, the left is loudly establishing a pattern here: You are not permitted to disagree with them. Holding thoughts--thoughts! different than them is cause for firing now. Ask Brandon Eich. Ask Phil Robertson. And now ask Sterling. All of them fired for disagreeing with the left. Now, Sterling is a racist, but so what? What actions did he take that disadvantaged blacks here in the NBA? He's hired plenty and paid fair market value, it appears.

    What's next--Is Miller going to be forced out because he's Mormon and presumably thinks that men shouldn't shack up with men? That's a firing offense too, right? Brandon Eich and Phil Robertson can tell you it is.

    Meanwhile, NBA players can pull guns on each other, assault fans, choke coaches, and not get banned. Sterling has the "wrong thoughts" and if the left could get away with it, they would execute him.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    April 30, 2014 9:14 a.m.

    I've thought for years that the NBA would be better off without Donald Sterling. Seems like a no-brainer given his historical combination of racist, buffoonish, and plain weird behavior and his long history of incompetence and apathy when it comes to owning a basketball team. Good riddance.

    The only thing I don't get is, why did it take so long? Did that recorded conversation truly surprise anyone? It's not like we're hearing this from Jerry Jones, Bob Kraft, Jerry Reinsdorf or Paul Allen. This was classic Donald Sterling. So now we're outraged? What's the next big news flash; JR Smith is immature? Jimmer isn't a great defender? Glen Davis eats a lot? Steve Nash is old?

    The stuff he said, as ugly as it was, simply reconfirmed what everyone who was paying any attention already knew. You can't adopt a dog with a well-documented history of biting people and then react with shock when, hey! He just bit you! Who could've seen that coming?

  • babyR Salt Lake, UT
    April 30, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    I'm of two minds over this issue. Truly there is no room for bigotry anywhere and it should be exposed when and where ever it surfaces. However, when it comes to exposing someone's thoughts and personal opinions IN HIS OWN HOME, then we need to tread very lightly about how we deal with it. The NBA certainly has the right (according to their by-laws which are not made public) to discipline their owners as they see fit. Ok, do it within their structure and don't condemn anyone or castigate them on national T.V.. Unjustly, Mr. Sterling has been singled out for public outrage when other just as obvious bigots (white and black) go unnoticed. Where is justice?? Not here in the U.S. anymore. Very disturbing and saddening.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    April 30, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    "We go to watch the overpaid, spoiled, ego mania, tattooed, drug hyped, and sometimes criminals players owned by morally bankrupt individuals and organizations . . "

    Let's see . . overpaid is purely opinion, and I suspect an uninformed one. Who should get most of the money the league earns? The owners or they guys playing? What is "fair" pay for NBA players?

    Ego mania . . hello; ego is practically a prerequisite for a high level athlete.

    Tattooed . . so?

    Drug-hyped . . ummmm, what? I'd love to read your fact-based defense of this assertion.

    "Sometimes" criminals . . how many NBA players have been convicted of crimes, or even arrested, in recent years? Can you name more than a handful? "Sometimes" members of Congress commit crimes. "Sometimes" doctors commit crimes. The vast majority of NBA players keep their noses clean, and you have no evidence to the contrary. You're misintepreting your own prejudices as fact.

    "Morally bankrupt individuals" . . you have no idea about 99.9% of these people's morals. You know as much about them as you about me, which is basically nothing. Your perch on the high horse is shaky at best.

  • Chas Layton, UT
    April 30, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    While I agree that such language is not acceptable anywhere, the taping and releasing of the language, said in a private setting, looks like a set-up to me. And what about the comment by Mr Charles Barkley on nationwide TV, "this is a black organization" referring to either the Clippers or the NBA, sounds a bit raciest and should be fined and lose his job as a commentator. I cannot wait to hear what Al Sharpton has to say about it.

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    April 30, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    If Mr. Sterling had made an isolated comment in private some years ago that was recorded without his knowledge (which I believe is illegal in the State of California), and his other actions (especially his more recent actions) were not reflective of racism (such as having a black girlfriend, and operating a business in which many of his key employees are black)--the NBA's lifetime ban (which will most likely be followed up by a vote of other NBA owners forcing Mr. Sterling to sell his NBA team) would appear to be an overreaction, laced with strong overtones of self-righteous political correctness.

    On the other hand, if the information in the quotes stated above--which are attributed to Kareem Abdul Jabbar (a very thought and introspective man)--is accurate, then the NBA's reaction to Mr. Sterling's comments appears to be nothing more than the crowning jewel and "lifetime achievement award" for Mr. Sterling's incorrigible racism, which has no place in a professional sports league that prides itself on being a leader in promoting racial equality.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    April 30, 2014 7:09 a.m.

    Chris b. Wrong---he's a registered Republican. Lot of anger on these threads today. Much of Utah really seem to have problems when angry white guys take one in the loss column. Cliven Bundy last week and Donald sterling yesterday. Sigh. Some would say this is a residual effect of being the least progressive and most republican state in the nation. I say it's merely sticking up for our beloved angry white men. Thank you Miller family, for lending support to what the rest of the nation can see is just action by Mr. Silver. Those of you who don't like it? I'd advise you to protest the Millers and not attend games. Show Mr. sterling that you hate mistresses recording private conversations and that you love free speech!

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    April 30, 2014 6:44 a.m.

    Great example of our eroding 1st Amendment. You make a comment in private and it gets out in public and then are subject to this type of mob justice.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    April 30, 2014 6:06 a.m.

    Stating whether he's a republican or democrat is irrelevant. What are we trying to say??..
    He's a bad person so therefore the party he represents is bad??? That's not helpful. There are reprehensible people and honorable people in both parties.

    April 30, 2014 5:09 a.m.

    I perceive that we are taking the first step in abandoning freedom of speech, which is to deny the spirit of free speech. The spirit of free speech is embodied in the phrase, "I disagree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it." A more fitting phrase to capture today's feeling is, "I disagree with what you say and I will do everything in my power to ensure that you pay the maximum possible personal price for having said it."

    April 30, 2014 2:35 a.m.

    Sterling's been a bad owner for decades, and his attitude towards Blacks has been a matter of public record, however, are we going to start punishing people for what's said in the privacy of their homes?

    Not requiring Jay-Z to give up his clients shows the racist attitude of the NBA.

  • chen Boulder, CO
    April 30, 2014 12:30 a.m.

    Interesting...do you know that the Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered from a 60 year conflict, resulting in thousands upon thousands of deaths?
    Also on a side note radical ""Christians and Muslims"" are engage in a endless bloodbath in the Central African Republic, with 22 deaths as of today from an attack on a HEALTH CLINIC?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 29, 2014 11:30 p.m.

    Mr. Sterling behavior is despicable, immoral and unacceptable. And that was before his mistress released the tapes.

    Of course, the "girlfriend's" behavior is utterly disgusting as well.

    Given those two facts, there is plenty of reason to dislike Sterling, and the "girlfriend."

    However, it seems that these two can engage in whatever disgusting or immoral behavior they like, and no one says a word. But, when he rants against her being seen with black men (as opposed to doing things out of sight with them) everyone goes ballistic.

    The hypersensitivity about any real or imagined slur against African-Americans is an unacceptable and hypocritical double standard when then say nothing about the rest of the behavior of Sterling and his gal-pal.

    Even more unseemly and artificial is the instant outpouring of outrage and invective over the taped comment incident after months or years of silence on Sterling's behavior. How much of this outrage now is driven by the fear of being called "racist!" if people are silent now, as in the past? How can those outraged now explain their past silence and keep their credibility? Simple- they cannot.

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    April 29, 2014 11:19 p.m.

    Morgan Duel: "Question, I can understand an owner being fined and criticized, but what if the owner decided to shut down the operation? Is the nba so powerful they can still run the team? Where do they get the money?"

    The NBA, including the Commissioner, aughta proceed with caution. According to Barkley, the NBA is 80 percent Black... and I would guess the viewers/attendees are about 95 percent White. Who would the NBA play for and get paid by if all White folk got upset by the treatment of Sterling and stayed away, directing their viewing attention to another sport such as soccer, instead?

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    April 29, 2014 11:06 p.m.

    I don't condone what Sterling said, but it was private. I don't think there is one of us that doesn't say something in private that we don't want public.

    What if the NSA published everything they record. Who would have nothing that would make someone uncomfortable? No one.

    Then there is the whole link with Magic. If this was a set up so he could get his hands on the team, that is more dirty than saying racist things in a private conversation.

    If Sterling had used his NBA affiliation in any way to promote racism, I would say sanctions were appropriate, but that is not the charge. I hope Sterling gets a great lawyer that stands up for his freedom of speech, and puts the NBA in its place.

    What was said was alarming. But the violation of the Sterling's first amendment rights is far more alarming. And if it was a plot to take his team, that would be the most alarming action in this whole fiasco.

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    April 29, 2014 11:01 p.m.

    Chris B:
    "We live in a world where we are hyper sensitive to white on black racism, but all too often sweep black on white racism under the rug."

    Perhaps you don't get it, Chris. By definition, Blacks cannot be racist.

    CPA Howard:
    "I think it was a horrible decision. Mr. Sterling made these comments to his ex-girlfriend in private and were made public by someone (his ex girlfriend says she didn't release the conversation)."

    I think Sterling should start suing people for defamation of character... Starting with the NBA Commissioner.

    "Prior to the comments being made public he was scheduled to receive a life-time achievement award from the NAACP."

    He has also given big bucks to NAACP... which he should ask to be refunded.

    "The potential consequense listed above will case the team to lose value (he paid $12M and it's currently worth $600M) and he'll either have to sell or be forced to finance the team with his money."

    I'll never go to or watch another NBA game again... not because of Sterling's alleged comments but because of the castigation he is being pummeled with.

  • Bob01 Layton, Utah
    April 29, 2014 10:36 p.m.

    #1. Donald Sterling is a registered Republican. Look it up. Google it. There's several news articles to back that up.

    #2. The NBA is a private organization & can do what it wants according to their bylaws & rules. They're not the government. Sure he has free speech & can say what he wants in private. As soon as it became public, whether he was set up or not, the NBA has the freedom & right as a private organization to deal w/those who choose to become a part of the organization as it sees fit.

  • Tom in Tooele Franklin, IN
    April 29, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    The way Miller-the-younger has run this team in the ground, the board of Gov's may vote for 2 owners to sell their teams...

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    April 29, 2014 9:56 p.m.

    Question, I can understand an owner being fined and criticized, but what if the owner decided to shut down the operation? Is the nba so powerful they can still run the team? Where do they get the money?

    April 29, 2014 7:52 p.m.

    I expect that in the interest of upholding a consistent standard, all public and private conversations of all NBA owners, coaches, players, and staff will now be recorded and checked for any kind of politically incorrect bias so that similar punishments can be handed out. Perhaps the NBA will also consider implementing a quota system for players, as there are a number of groups - gays, women, Asians, Hispanics, Jews, paraplegics, and elderly, to say nothing of whites - that are vastly underrepresented. (The preceding was sarcasm.)

    Mr. Sterling has apparently made it obvious what kind of person he is, not just in the recent statements attributed to him. He has to live with himself. And all the people that work for him and associate with him have chosen to do so in spite of his known character flaws. The NBA was probably justified, but we should stop overreacting to every little thing that offends us. I'm disappointed at all the piling on. I'm not sure all of the people chiming in have never believed or said anything that would offend others.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    April 29, 2014 7:29 p.m.

    The Mavs owner is the only one I see that is alert to being cautious.

    Before you judge everyone so harshly and want to toss people out for life...just realize that sooner or later they will be coming for YOU.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 6:15 p.m.

    Kareem continued:

    "So, if we’re all going to be outraged [Greg], let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his racism was first evident.

    "Let’s use this tawdry incident to remind ourselves of the old saying: “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.” Instead of being content to punish Sterling and go back to sleep, we need to be inspired to vigilantly seek out, expose, and eliminate racism at its first signs."

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 6:14 p.m.

    Kareem continued:

    "Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime. We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it.

    "Make no mistake: Donald Sterling is the villain of this story. But he’s just a handmaiden to the bigger evil. In our quest for social justice, we shouldn’t lose sight that racism is the true enemy. "

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 6:11 p.m.

    "While this situation has been inexcusable, I hope it serves the greater purpose of reinforcing our vigilance against this type of behavior.”

    Donald Sterling was a serial offender. Any owner expressing "outrage" now is pulling their head out of the sand and mugging for the camera.

    Kareem Jabbar shared salient thoughts in Time Magazine:

    "Moral outrage is exhausting. And dangerous. The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome from the newest popular sport of Extreme Finger Wagging. Not to mention the neck strain from Olympic tryouts for Morally Superior Head Shaking.

    "a lot has been revealed about Sterling’s business practices:

    "2006: U.S. Dept. of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination. Allegedly, he said, “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”

    "2009: He reportedly paid $2.73 million in a Justice Dept. suit alleging he discriminated against minorities in his rentals.

    "He was discriminating against black and Hispanic families for years, preventing them from getting housing. It was public record. We did nothing. Suddenly he says he doesn’t want his girlfriend posing with Magic Johnson on Instagram and we bring out the torches and rope. Shouldn’t we have all called for his resignation back then?"

  • 1978 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 5:26 p.m.


    Donald Sterling has only contributed money to democratic candidates and was about to receive a lifetime acheivement from the NAACP. You can claim he is a registered Republican but the fact is that he was a big time democratic party supporter. You can google the information I just posted for verification.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    April 29, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    Wow - some of these posts remind me of why I don't live in Utah.

    Mr. Sterling has a 30 year record of racist comments, both public and private.

    The fact that his club may lose value is SOLELY on his shoulders. The NBA has the right - by contract - to protect it's product. If one of the owners severely damages the league, they have the right to take action. In addition, the rest of the owners have the right, within their constitution, to revoke the ownership of any other owner that "fails to fulfill" a "contractual obligation" in "such a way as to affect the [NBA] or its members adversely."

    This falls squarely within the realm of that definition. The owners have the right to protect their clubs and their investments, and can force him to sell. If they don't want to, or if they don't have the 75% support to force it, then he can sell or keep the team, whichever he wants. If he loses his sponsors and season ticket holders, if free agents don't want to play for him, if he can't get a coach - he can only blame the man in the mirror.

  • 1hemlock Tooele, Utah
    April 29, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    Those statements made by the owner and the attitudes behind them should never occur. That said, Jay Z and others have made offensive remarks and even racist remarks (George Zimmerman cas. Al Sharpton, Jessee Jackson etc) but they are referred to as "are only a few individuals that should know better". But President Obama weighs in and states that "We as a nation (??) have a problem with race and prejudice".
    When it is some white people that show stupidity it is all of us(?) , when it is someone else, it is the individual.
    So . . . maybe we DO have a problem as a nation with race and prejudice, as only "some people" can talk about it and others can't have an opinion.

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    April 29, 2014 4:17 p.m.


    I don't think anyone is being hyper-sensitive to Mr. Sterling's comments. If you think they are no big deal, please recognize you are in a relatively silent minority.

    Jay-Z passively wearing paraphernalia of a group which is affiliated with anti-white songs is distinguished, by many significant degrees, and historical relevance, to what Mr. Sterling has done.

    I find your comparison disheartening because it misses a powerful point as it attempts to push a very, very weak one.

  • David RI SLC, UT
    April 29, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    Miller will just get in line and support whatever the commissioner says. He can't risk being bashed by the media for having his own rational thoughts. It's interesting how Miller's statements do not represent what the majority of people in the country are saying. People who don't have to worry about being vilified by the media are the only ones that have rational comments about this. Everyone who the media can attack are just making stupid generic statements, including Miller. Don't be swayed by the media on this. Read the comments on ESPN from normal everyday Americans and you will find that most Americans find this whole story blown out of proportion and a legitimate threat to their rights behind closed doors.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    April 29, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    The NBA has slid into a pit over the years, not to mention the NFL and MLB. Their leaders, owners and fans are poor role models for youngsters. We go to watch the overpaid, spoiled, ego mania, tattooed, drug hyped, and sometimes criminals players owned by morally bankrupt individuals and organizations. We flock to sports arenas to worship poor excuses for heroes. There are exceptions of course, but the value placed on what is considered great in our society is pretty sad. We read about these sad excuses for heroes in the news all to often.

  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    April 29, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    @Chris B - The Drudge Report is not a reliable source for information, Chris. Donald Sterling has been a registered Republican in the state of California since 1998.

  • jzzlvr Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    Totally agree with Chris B!
    I thought I was the only one that saw that story.
    Hardly any press is given to the hate groups that other owners like Jay-Z overtly support. The anti-white five percent nation basically preach that the white man is the devil...and why isn't the NBA, it's players and owners, outraged about that?
    What Donald Sterling said seemed pretty stupid/racist...but his punishment seems really harsh given that they seem to do nothing to owners like Jay-Z. I guess a little more punishment consistency would be more appropriate so it doesn't come across as a mob mentality going after just one guy.

  • CPA Howard Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    April 29, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    I think it was a horrible decision. Mr. Sterling made these comments to his ex-girlfriend in private and were made public by someone (his ex girlfriend says she didn't release the conversation). He never expected these comments to be made public, because the image he presents to the world is different. Prior to the comments being made public he was scheduled to receive a life-time accheivement award from the NAACP.

    The NBA should have just made a statment condeming his comments and let market place take care of the rest. If he continues to own the team it will lose value because the fans will stop buying tickets ( the Clippers aren't the only team in town); the sponsers will leave and he won't be able to attract new sponsers; he won't be able to keep his free agents; and he'll have trouble attracting good coaches.

    The potential consequense listed above will case the team to lose value (he paid $12M and it's currently worth $600M) and he'll either have to sell or be forced to finance the team with his money.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:39 p.m.

    At least, the NFL made a dog & pony show after the travesty that was bullygate in Miami.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 29, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    The Utah Jazz stated:

    “The Jazz organization and all the teams in the NBA should act as national leaders in promoting inclusiveness and diversity."

    Very well said. I hope this is a statement everyone will support.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    It's interesting that Jay-Z recently wore a necklace with a large symbol from a anti-white group and it barely received any attention.

    Now this guy, a prominent Democrat we should add, spouts off and he's banned for life. Jay-Z was previously a minority owner of the nets and is still heavily involved in the NBA, including as an agent of several high profile players.

    We live in a world where we are hyper sensitive to white on black racism, but all too often sweep black on white racism under the rug.