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April 29, 2014 - 11:41 am

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whose racist comments set off a firestorm of protest across the NBA and America, was banned for life by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and fined $2.5 million.

ABC News reports:

The NBA announced today that it has suspended Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined $2.5 million after he was recorded making racist comments.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement at a news conference in New York.

The decision comes after days of public outrage directed at Sterling after an audio recording surfaced over the weekend that allegedly contained his voice saying racist comments to his then-girlfriend Vanessa Stiviano.

The tape recorded a man’s voice, which the NBA said is Sterling, telling Stiviano not to post pictures of herself with black men to Instagram or bring black men to Clippers games. One of the men mentioned is Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.

Sterling, 80, has owned the Clippers since 1981.

The Clippers are the 13th most valuable NBA franchise, worth an estimated $575 million according to Forbes. If Sterling must sell, it is doubtful he will get what the team is worth.

At the press conference, Silver said he would indeed urge NBA owners and the Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the team:

The NBA’s bylaws allow for owners to be expelled from the league, though that power is reserved for limited circumstances, such as the inability to operate financially, gambling on league games or fixing games.

The more likely route, which Silver undertook, lay within Article 35 of the NBA Constitution, which allows the commissioner to indefinitely suspend owners for “conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the association.”

Those remarks by Sterling would certainly fall into that category.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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As untasteful as Sterling's remarks may have been, that is not nearly as troubling as the sanctimony and infringement upon personal liberties I'm witnessing from his critics.

When people are not entitled to their own opinions in the privacy of a conversation, no matter how vile or revolting, then we aren't sliding toward toward totalitarianism - we're free falling.

And some of Sterling's most vocal critics are at the very least as vile in their own viewpoints and never held into account for things said publicly - much less privately. Can you hear me, Charles Barkley?
25 weeks ago
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I'm not an NBA fan and until yesterday I had no idea who Donald Sterling was, but I am troubled by the idea that expressing unpopular ideas in private conversation is sufficient to remove someone from polite society. I mean, if the old coot running around in public with a girl not his wife, who's young enough to be his great grand daughter isn't a problem, why should him not wanting her to photographed publicly with her paramours be?
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Just the big non-issue the MSM needed to
Distract from the Real issue; Bengazigate.
24 weeks ago
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IT's another generation speaking. Sterling has been denied free speech. He has a right to think as he does. He made the money, however dubiously. It was probably done as honestly as is a lot of money made by congressmen.
24 weeks ago
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The poverty pimps and NAACP won't be satisfied until this jerk is executed.
24 weeks ago
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"...we have something very lethal in the culture."

We are now a nation of The Perpetually Aggrieved. All b-tt hurt, all the time. I call it a Nation of Precious Buttercups.

Harden the eff up.

Or life will harden you.
24 weeks ago
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It's fascinating and scary to watch the United States go full Orwell.

Remember, thoughtcrime can happen to anyone. See you all in Room 101.
24 weeks ago
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I wonder what the Grand Cyclops thinks about flash mobs, and the knock out game.
24 weeks ago
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Wow. I just listened to the tape of the conversation at issue. And wow, does this whole thing do one thing most of all - highlight the double standard in our culture to punish anything that is not pro-black. I mean, his conversation was private, and yes, he has some kind of prejudicial hang-up which he blames on the culture without elaborating further, but he says he loves black people, and he admires Magic Johnson also in this private conversation. Obviously, there is some duality at play here, but not clear cut-and-dry racism. It seems that racism remains a word of which only ultra sensitive minorities decide the meaning of, and, once alleged 94.6 percent of blacks (100 percent of blacks on TV) will, like clockwork, back up and take on the overreactionary vibe of it all. I think if one were to discern with understanding the difference between the meanings of Racist and Prejudice you would find that there is a difference and this guy, Sterling, falls into the latter category. The whole consensus to disassociate from this guy is reactionary and overblown, fueled by two things: the inherent difficulty in trying to allow what is known and what is not known (to use Logic) to initiate judgement, and the reactionary imbalanced judgement from people on the left who are of a fickle and mob-like conglomeration of bad bitter attitudes and a complete lack of understanding. I can understand that he needs to be dealt with and that he is being made an example of and that punishment cannot be escaped on this, but it is way way overblown. 2.5 million for that conversation - a private, legal conversation, and banned for life after being an owner, not to mention all the residual punishments, is an overreaction. An overreaction which underscores directly something of the unreasonable and immature nature of those you find yourself opposed to if you reveal any thought negative about black people in general.
24 weeks ago
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I just want to illustrate one thing further. I listened to a radio show earlier (which is why I'm even bothering to comment on this non-news story) where a caller was trying to say that Sterling was expressing a personal opinion, something that was formed from his experience or impressions of interactions or perceptions about black people. The host of the show apparently won the argument when the caller couldn't bring his argument to full circle from lack of instinct when he, the host, used the nuclear option and alluded to Adolph Hitler not being justified for hatred of Jews even if his hatred was based on experience. Well, no duh, and all well and true, but it misses the point. The argument is not trying to justify Sterling for having prejudice, but trying to create and build positively on an understanding which is precise about the differences in the terms of 'hatred' and 'racism' and 'prejudice'. It is an attempt to not condemn. It is positive, because a prejudice can be won over with more understanding, but hatred can only be won over by grace - which is a hard thing.

Anyway, the point is the double-standard this raises in the public sector - of celebrities and the affluent - who are most visible and prominent (and whose exploits act as an immediate litmus for the bias and/or direction of the culture, and which is the real trickle down effect), that any sign of prejudice from a white person is treated as if it is through and through racism, treated with an harshness equivalent to that leveled at some clansman caught burning crosses, and any sign of racism from a non-white is treated as prejudice, just a simple lack of understanding, which can be reconditioned from a sensitivity course and a nice donation to whoever, if ever it could be merited as truly offensive in the first place - which it never is. And so, it proves that that precision in definition was there all along, during the times of ignorance and the times of condemnation, betrayed by the careful zigzagging of everything taken together, and we have something very lethal in the culture.
24 weeks ago
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Shouldn’t it be a matter of just a little bit more concern that we have a racist, not to mention fascist psychopath, in the White House than who owns some silly basketball team?
24 weeks ago
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Nice cast of characters:
Sterling is a typical liberal hypocrite, plus a ludicrous Grecian formula old horndog.
The girl is a buck toothed gold digging skank.
And then we have the biggest clown in the posse, Adam Silver. He personified an emasculated politically correct weenie during his press conference. What a shame that basketball, the city game, full of amazing athletes is ran by a hermophrodite.
24 weeks ago
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So the real deal is that we can no longer lie, in private, even among intimates.

We can no longer bluff, lie, exaggerate or play devil's advocate to make a point, or to encourage self-examination on the part of the hearer, or for that matter, just plain lie to piss someone off, or to redirect his aggression.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH is now legal only when it doesn't offend. It's not the players or the owners that are short-sighted, it's every pundit and paid thinker who, in knee-jerk reflex, calls this HORRENDOUS. The holocaust was horrendous, Pol Pot was horrendous. Stalin's and Hlter's cleansings and purges were horrendous. Mao was horrendous. Gosnell and fifty million aborted babies (burned for fuel) is horrendous. This was impolite and impolitic, as spoken to a paramour. It was insensitive and possibly personally repulsive.

But it was his right to say it, and to lose his business by decree -- THAT is repulsive, and closer to anything horrendous. This guy didn't run an aparteid state, and he didn't discriminate against his employees. He didn't even forbid races from attending his events. He just didn't want his girlfriend to be instagramming herself with (famous) blacks. And every so-called conservative pundit sees the equivalent of the rebirth of a snarling genocidal Hitler. (While the real Hitlers call Israel aparteid.)

One good thing is that this should be the death knell for internet trolls, when every troll loses his job because of offensive comments. Or will enforcement of professional outrage only apply to selected offenders.
24 weeks ago
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Not true. Just limit it to white heterosexual men and you'll be just fine. In fact, you can call for the imprisonment and beheading of all white straight males in the world without censure, as I do now.

All white straight men should be herded into a giant space ark and shot into the sun. Don't bring them 'round the house, to NBA games, or read their stinking privileged literature. Avoid eye contact with them and don't hire them for jobs or rent to them. A tattoo put on their foreheads at birth should be mandatory: "P" for "privilege." White straight males should have homing devices implanted in their skin so we can monitor their whereabouts because they are a wandering bad neighborhood. Their ears should be lopped off and their feet bound like Victorian Chinese women to limit the predilection for mischief white straight males have. Maybe plates should be put in their lips so they'll stop trying to kiss strange women on elevators. They are a menace with their cheese whiz, ESPN and collecting comic books.
24 weeks ago
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I don't think you mean it. I think you're just baiting me. Nonetheless, because you wrote it, it's now public, and represents your thinking. You must be removed from your job, from your home, from your family, and from polite society. The board has made a determination: You are exiled to Dubai. I hope you like it there but I understand it's just a lot of sand; nothing to see there.
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