2 Views on NBA's Sterling Punishment
League wins praise for tough action, but shouldn't an invasion of privacy trouble us?
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2014 5:22 PM CDT
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

(Newser) – The NBA today came down hard on Clippers owner Donald Sterling after audio surfaced of his racist comments, with the league banning him for life from games and personnel decisions and making it likely he'll be forced to sell the team. Two of the more common sentiments in the immediate aftermath:

  • Bravo: It's "the most spectacular slam dunk in professional basketball history," writes Bill Plaschke in the Los Angeles Times. Sterling has "poisoned" the franchise with his bigotry for 30 years, and it's a relief to be done with him. Given his deep pockets and penchant for legal fights, this could still get seriously messy, but for now, it's cause of celebration. "With one dazzling, devastating move, the NBA has thrown down against evil."

  • Yes, but: Jeff Jacoby at the Boston Globe has zero sympathy for Sterling and isn't out to defend his racism. But he reminds everyone that Sterling's downfall arrived because a girlfriend secretly recorded a private conversation. Doesn't this deserve a little outrage, too, or are we already too accustomed to a no-privacy world? Remember "that it isn’t only other people’s dirty laundry that the whole world can get a good look at," he writes. "It is yours and mine, too. Once our privacy is gone, don’t count on getting it back."

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May 16, 2014 11:23 PM CDT
Since when is voicing odious views a iicense to be deprived of cash and property?
May 2, 2014 8:27 AM CDT
An awful lot of hypocrisy going on here. How come nothing is done to the blacks when they utter anti white epithets or wantonly commit DELIBERATE black on white crime? Huh? What is going on is pure, unadulterated bullsh--.
May 1, 2014 2:54 PM CDT
WHAAAAAA!! This big meanie hurt my feelings! ( He never used the "N" word though.) This old, grumpy, ass of a man that can't get anything to work is jealous that his hot but stupid young girlfriend is flirting with young, handsome black men. Nobody would care but this man is RICH so lets DESTROY HIM!!!!!! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!