RANT: Life, without parole

NBA Bans L.A. Clippers Owner for Life
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also says he will try to force a sale of the Clippers and fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million. Mr. Silver called Mr. Sterling’s comments and views “deeply offensive and harmful.”

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For some reason, I find this abhorrent on a number of levels.

In no particular order:

  1. Cui Bono Why now? Why in this venue? And for who’s eventual good?
  2. With “evidence” that would probably not be admissible in court. (I’m no lawyer. But I’d never stipulate anything.)
  3. Using language that’s not appropriate, but there’s racism even within the Black community.
  4. Where is the outrage when other’s do the same. I remember Byrd, the Grand Wizard of the KKK, who was “rehabilitated”. There are a ton of other examples. 
  5. Did he not employ the best? If our private thoughts and words can be used to condemn us, who is immune?
  6. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I think the speed that it went from disclosure to “execution” is amazing. When a capital case takes decades, this was “done” in minutes. Why?
  7. How fast they changed the team’s website? Minutes after the NBA decision. Pre-planned?
  8. Interesting: “zero tolerance for institutional racism”. OK? But be careful what you say. Are Jewish people going to demand quotas in the NBA. (And, BTW why is the NBA, MLB, and the NFL “non-profit”?)
  9. As an “owner”, how can he be tossed to the curb without due process? A “majority of the owners” is an interesting term of art. I’d say cartel or monopoly. Isn’t that a per se violation of Federal law? MLB has the “baseball exemption”; what does the NBA have?
  10. And, finally, “protest held by several civil rights groups including the NAACP”. Is this the same group that gave him a “lifetime achievement award” and was going to give him another? They have a lot of “gravitas”.
Bottom life: I think he got screwed?

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