Was the NBA's punishment of Donald Sterling fair?Posted by: melbaski
Is $2.5 million, a lifetime ban and a campaign to force Sterling to sell his NBA team, the Clippers, justified based on racist remarks he made to his girlfriend during a personal conversation?
Yes, absolutely, the NBA was fully justified in their actions and should fight to have all their penalties upheld.
No, absolutely not, the NBA overstepped their authority and are violating his rights.
If Sterling breached a contract by foolishly allowing himself to be recorded and then incompetently looking after those recordings then the NBA is quite justified in their actions.
Donald Sterling violated the most important rule of running a business: respect your customers/treat your clients like gold. He failed to do this big time so now the league owners have every right to punish him severely to communicate to fans of every race--particularly black fans and atheletes--that they matter to the sport!
The NBA has overreacted and clearly has a double standard. They have let black players make derogatory comments about whites in public forums with no consequences. Their attempts to strong arm an owner into tolerance over comments he made in a private conversation is intolerant and therefor hypocritical. His opinions may be unpopular and offensive, but he has a right to have them.
While the NBA has every right to do this, I think that it was unnecessary to punish him so harshly for a single unsavory comment in a private conversation.
Three important reasons, number one, freedom of speech. Many Black NBA players make derogatory statements regarding whites with no penalty, so there should be no double standard. Sterling pays his players Millions of dollars to play on his franchise, so he's not really a "racist" it he? And finally, a recording of him being leaked is not necessarily the most fair and legal way to get something out there, everyone turn in all their voicemails and see how many people get in trouble.