there is nothing to be defended about Sterling's private speech once it adds shape to a larger privately held for profit entity's image.
I wasn't defending anything Donald Sterling said I was defending his right to say it. and his right to own property.
Do you honestly believe he's the only owner in the NBA NFL or any pro league for that matter, who's expressed similar or worse racial thoughts? in case you're on the fence about that one the answer is HELL NO. Remember Marge Schott?
It's awfully convenient that everybody feels the need to get on their high horse NOW, and never gave a shit about what donald sterling said or did when the Clippers were losing an average of 60 games a season, as soon as they became a winning team, and TMZ leaks a privately recorded tape, then everybody comes out throwing stones. When for decades the NBA (and chronically under informed public) never blinked an eye.
Here's an idea, let's poll owners, GM's and head coaches how they privately feel about gays on the team or head office? Not the official press statements they issue through the club, but their own private views. While we're cleaning house we better get all the roaches out at once.
The owners and coaches takeaway from the Sterling incident is: "keep your mouth shut", not "change your views".
There's still alot of legal untangling that has to happen here, and I think the League is on shaky ground when they claim they can force him to sell, but if I was Sterling I'd sell the team (cuban puts it's value today at over $1b) and tell the hypocritical sanctimonious NBA to shove it up their ass. He bought it for $12.5m, thats a good profit and let the next owner lose his ass, on a franchise that will most likely self destruct after this.