NBA Commissioner Adam Silver aces first test by coming down hard on Donald Sterling - Opinion Piece

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    Apr 29, 2014 11:38 PM GMT
    Donald Sterling’s racist comments have been the biggest black eye for the NBA since the Malice in the Palace — and it all landed on the lap of new Commissioner Adam Silver, less than 100 days into office.

    And he aced the test.

    It was exactly the right thing too do.

    Silver came down as hard as he could on a Clippers’ owner that has long been an embarrassment to the league — a lifetime ban, a $2.5 million fine and he will start the process to get approval from the other owners to force the sale of the team (something he will have no problem getting). On top of it, he expressed personal and moral outrage at what Sterling has done.


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    Apr 30, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
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    Well, everyone talks race with their children.

    What if a child taped a racial guidance talk from their parents?

    It's a slippery slope.
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    Apr 30, 2014 2:40 PM GMT

    Not buying the slippery slope argument - The NBA just like the NFL and other major sports organizations set the tone for young boys the nation over - let alone all the adult sports fans.
    I think the fine should have been higher, but i am glad he is gone now.

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    Apr 30, 2014 3:03 PM GMT
    peterstrong said
    Not buying the slippery slope argument - The NBA just like the NFL and other major sports organizations set the tone for young boys the nation over - let alone all the adult sports fans.
    I think the fine should have been higher, but i am glad he is gone now.

    I believe $2.5M was the most the NBA Commissioner could impose. Perhaps their constitution can be amended upwards.

    And we will see if Sterling is fully "gone". Some people predict, given his past stubborn nature, that he'll do what he can to fight this, maybe with novel legal challenges no one anticipates at present. He certainly has the money to attempt anything he likes.

    I'm also reading some of the social media, and I'm appalled at the support Sterling is getting. The main argument, as with other social issues lately like gay civil rights, is that this is a question of Free Speech. "I can express myself as a bigot because the US Constitution allows it."

    But then I ask in turn: Why do you WANT to be a bigot? Why do you think that's a good thing worth defending? Isn't the truth that you're using noble concepts to defend ignoble agendas?

    Reminds me of the Southern segregation battles when I was a kid, the defense of racist policies back then being based on the principle of "States' Rights" (and the occasional reliance on that old standby of bigots, the Bible). Which is still being used today to oppose same-sex marriage, just as it was previously used to oppose interracial marriage and school integration.