Amid Sterling Brouhaha, Even His Daughter Bashes Him
As does son-in-law; NBA commissioner to announce punishment today
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2014 7:42 AM CDT
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, March 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

(Newser) – Not even Donald Sterling's own daughter or son-in-law is on his side. Both have made statements to TMZ: Joanna Sterling Miller calls her father's alleged racist comments "cruel and insensitive," and her husband Eric Miller—who also happens to work for Sterling's LA Clippers as director of basketball administration—says, "I find the statements and representations made by the Clippers' team owner to be deplorable and disgusting. There is no room in sports or society in general, for racism." He goes on to say that if he ends up getting fired for speaking out, that will be "a small price to pay." Sterling's wife also recently told ESPN she does not "condone" the remarks, the New York Times reports, and the Los Angeles Times notes that more than a dozen sponsors have also ditched the team.

Miller also says he's sure NBA Commissioner Adam Silver "will deal with this matter swiftly and severely," and Silver's decision on punishment for Sterling is expected today, the LA Times reports. But one sports law expert says that punishment could be limited to a suspension and a fine, though that fine could hit $1 million. NBA owners can be expelled, but generally only if they gamble on a team, fix a game, or can no longer afford to run their team. Another sports law expert suggests the NBA could suspend Sterling for as long as two years while pressuring him to sell the Clippers. The New York Times agrees that type of pressure, particularly from the "new guard" of NBA owners, could work. One owner has suggested Silver make all of the Clippers players free agents. (As it stands now, Clippers players would not be allowed to void their contracts in order to exit the team.) A host of other "what happens now?" stories from sources including NPR, ESPN, and Time agree that Sterling is likely facing suspension, not expulsion. But first the tape of Sterling's alleged rant must be verified, and according to TMZ's sources, NBA lawyers are convinced the audio is legitimate.

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Lou Bernardo
Apr 30, 2014 8:34 PM CDT
Now that it's been decided that Free Speech no long applies and you can be heavily fined, for stupid remarks, etc. for saying things other don't like, when do we hear that that hateful Minister that Obama sat so many years to listen to in church is hauled off to court. He ranted antiwhite racist tirades for years. When will be be told be can no longer preach and his church must be sold. Oh, I forgot, he's black. different laws apply to black racists. White liberals will excuse him because they believe blacks are inferior and not smart enought not to make stupid racist comments.
Liberalismiscancer
Apr 29, 2014 11:36 PM CDT
Alright all you guardians and enforcers of morality (yours), he's been convicted and crucified........BLAM!!! Next case................
Chuck Finley
Apr 29, 2014 5:45 PM CDT
Wait hold the press!! He is married and about to be divorced. He has a mistress and flaunts her publicly. She takes a 'promo' picture of a basketball (soon to be) Hall of Famer and mentions this person by name. Yet, he has the right to Freedom of Speech while he 'gives' houses, money and cards to his players - Does that sound plantation minded and entitled or what?