LA Clippers Owner Banned For Life

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Good. He's a twisted POS. The NBA did right, they do not need this poison behind their name.
 

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Just posted that to the PRSI thread on this as well. But I'll say it here.

So now the NBA has the equivalent of MLB's Pete Rose. Expect lawsuits to fly.

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Agreed. I'm surprised that the commissioner has used the ban hammer so aggressively and has the authority to ban an owner for life.
 

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'Banned for life' from what, exactly? That article doesn't even make it clear whether or not he can be compelled to sell his stake in the Clippers.
 

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar brings up some interesting points about the whole situation.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Welcome to the Finger-Wagging Olympics
Yes, I’m angry, too, but not just about the sins of Donald Sterling. I’ve got a list. But let’s start with Sterling. I used to work for him, back in 2000 when I coached for the Clippers for three months. He was congenial, even inviting me to his daughter’s wedding. Nothing happened or was said to indicate he suffered from IPMS (Irritable Plantation Master Syndrome). Since then, 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 blacks, Hispanics, and families with children in his rentals. (He also had to pay an additional nearly $5 million in attorneys fees and costs due to his counsel’s “sometimes outrageous conduct.”)
2009: Clippers executive (and one of the greatest NBA players in history) sued for employment discrimination based on age and race.

And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing “pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.” She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee.
 

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Agreed. I'm surprised that the commissioner has the authority to ban an owner for life.
We don't know what is in the bylaws of the NBA, as they are not obligated to post it for public review.

NPR did put out a good article about what they can do with Sterling:

If the tape is verified, Sterling's punishment could range from a fine to a suspension — or even expulsion from the league, according to Michael McCann, the director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

McCann spoke about those possibilities with NPR member station KPCC over the weekend. Here's how he breaks them down, listed by severity:

A fine "may be seen as the weak penalty," McCann says, "because Donald Sterling is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.9 billion." He adds that if it follows this path, the NBA would very likely donate the money to charity.

A suspension "would be a bolder step," McCann says. "It's one that the NBA hasn't taken but it's one that I think many people would find to be justified, especially his own players who are clearly upset by the remarks that he allegedly made."

An expulsion would mean that Sterling "would likely sue the NBA for breach of contract, his franchise agreement and potentially an antitrust claim," McCann says.

A long suspension would be one way the NBA could try to pressure Sterling into selling the team. But as McCann tells KPCC, the Clippers owner could make prolonged legal arguments over the fair value of the franchise.
It is important to note that Dept. of Justice did sue him for refusing to lease property to Blacks and others based on their race. So there is a known track record.

But the NBA went the last option. I would expect that Silver and the NBA have been served by now. But on the other side of it, I'm sure the Clippers will play better tonight knowing they won't have to deal with this. But the NBA and other sports outlets need to get this out ASAP and get it known ASAP otherwise attendance is going to drop faster than a longhorn bull doing a 2 1/2 from the pike position off a diving board.

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But the NBA and other sports outlets need to get this out ASAP and get it known ASAP otherwise attendance is going to drop faster than a longhorn bull doing a 2 1/2 from the pike position off a diving board.
That is all they have been talking about for the last couple of days so I don't think that will be a problem.
 

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I think the fact that this was a private conversation in California, a two party recording consent state is going to wind up in a courtroom. It won't really matter, this guy has more money that he can spend in what is remaining of his life, either way.
 

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That is all they have been talking about for the last couple of days so I don't think that will be a problem.
Understood, but the Clippers/Warriors game is tonight. It would be interesting to see how ticket sales were between this game and the last couple of games in their series. They've already lost major sponsors in State Farm (a huge blow to Chris Paul), Virgin America, and others. This, low ticket sales, and a potential exodus of players may put the Clippers back as cellar dwellers again in the NBA.

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Understood, but the Clippers/Warriors game is tonight. It would be interesting to see how ticket sales were between this game and the last couple of games in their series. They've already lost major sponsors in State Farm (a huge blow to Chris Paul), Virgin America, and others. This, low ticket sales, and a potential exodus of players may put the Clippers back as cellar dwellers again in the NBA.

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I'm not so sure about that. I think the swift and severe action taken by the league will minimize most of that. I think the only way they (the Clippers) suffer is if they can't figure out how to force Sterling to sell the team.
 

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I'm not so sure about that. I think the swift and severe action taken by the league will minimize most of that.
I'm hoping so, plus that they get their sponsors back. This has been the best year the Clippers have had that I know of..

Either way, rumour has it that Magic Johnson is interested in buying the team..

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Will the league do anything to the New York Knick's Larry Johnson for his racist tweet? My bet is no.

Black people your Focusing on the wrong thing. We should be focusing on having our own, Own team own League! To For Self!!
 

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So are we going to start banning homophobes or someone with religious views next. Yes what he said was totally wrong but this reeks of this being a slippery slope for other things.
 

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So are we going to start banning homophobes or someone with religious views next. Yes what he said was totally wrong but this reeks of this being a slippery slope for other things.
Someone who says "Gay people should not be allowed at basketball games" should be banned. That is a direct assault on the nature of the private business that is the NBA.

Note, this is different that "Gay people should not be able to get married".
 

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So are we going to start banning homophobes or someone with religious views next. Yes what he said was totally wrong but this reeks of this being a slippery slope for other things.

There's no first amendment right to say **** without consequences.
 

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So are we going to start banning homophobes or someone with religious views next. Yes what he said was totally wrong but this reeks of this being a slippery slope for other things.
Well, Brenden Eich recently resigned as Mozilla's CEO, so I'd say it has already happened. Not to mention, that it has been going on for a long time. Look what happened to The Dixie Chicks back in 2003.

Words have consequences. And businesses have a right to get rid of people who are bringing unwanted attention to them through their words.

There's no first amendment right to say **** without consequences.
Agreed.
 

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Will the league do anything to the New York Knick's Larry Johnson for his racist tweet? My bet is no.
I blame James Dolan for that tweet. I'm on board with him being banned for life.

So are we going to start banning homophobes or someone with religious views next. Yes what he said was totally wrong but this reeks of this being a slippery slope for other things.
In terms of owning sports teams, there must be language in the contract with the league that allows for this type of ban. Remember when Marge Schott got suspended from the MLB after saying stupid things?
 

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I think the fact that this was a private conversation in California, a two party recording consent state is going to wind up in a courtroom. It won't really matter, this guy has more money that he can spend in what is remaining of his life, either way.
I was thinking similarly. Very little attention has been paid to the recording. Was the recording from an intercept ala News International or did Stiviano, or someone else give the recording to TMZ?

There's no first amendment right to say **** without consequences.
This was a private conversation that was leaked.

Sterling's an obvious horror-show, but it's fascinating to see how the league has reacted to this recording when it spent years ignoring his obvious racism.