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Wow! That is a pretty darn bold statement to make. Especially here on Daily Kos. Why would I even suggest this?

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Donald Sterling is a disgusting racist that should be forced to sell the team is a very wide held belief.  But not by me...Why?

Donald Sterling has had a long history of being a racist, sexist, all around low-life.  Up until his recorded comments were made public, the NBA owners looked the other way, as did most of society.

But NOW the NBA owners want him gone!  NOW!  Not before when I am sure he and his NBA buddies were yucking it up good in their privileged country-club atmosphere.  I would put down a huge amount of money betting that he and at least some of the other NBA owners have had a few laughs at racist, misogynist jokes.  And they never GAVE A RATS ASS ABOUT IT! Heck, in private I am sure at least some of them loved it!

But now that the cockroach that is Donald Sterling has come into the light, the other NBA owners NOW feel something must be done?! LOL  If they had any shred of moral decency, they would have tried to ban him from the NBA (or at least fine him a lot of money) in the past.  The NBA owners DO NOT GIVE A DAMN about the racist Donald Sterling, they only care about the image of the NBA.  So you know what I say to the NBA owners?!!! FUCK YOU!

I WANT Donald Sterling to sue the NBA and WIN!  The NBA owners deserve to be saddled with that racist POS Sterling!  Sterling should be hung around their neck dragging them down!

I want the NBA owners to suffer for them dragging their feet on Sterling.  

Also as for Sterling, should he keep the team, he will lose more endorsement money, also he will lose money from lost ticket and merchandise sales.  Eventually he will see the money he loses will force him to sell the team later, but he will have brought down the franchise value and get even less money!

So to me, it would be fitting to see the NBA owners get their noses rubbed into the shit that is Donald Sterling's racism (as they have turned a willful blind eye to it for years), and see Donald Sterling eventually sell the team, but for even less money than he would make should he sell the team now.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 1-)

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Mon May 19, 2014 at 03:37:20 PM PDT

  •  Yet another argument I don't understand. (9+ / 0-)

    Not one person with actual knowledge of the NBA constitution and applicable laws thinks he could have been forced to sell the team for anything he did prior to the recordings.  How can you say with any kind of straight face that you hope Sterling sues and wins now, but that you think he should have been punished earlier?  It makes no sense at all.

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Mon May 19, 2014 at 03:46:24 PM PDT

    •  I said forced to sell, or at least fied heavily (0+ / 0-)

      Making the NBA owners own up to what they have let fester and love (in private of course) to me is some just deserts.

      No one gave a damn in the NBA before, so I don't want to hear their BS that NOW all of a sudden Donald's racism is bad, no....IT WAS ALWAYS BAD!

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Mon May 19, 2014 at 03:52:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Curious (2+ / 0-)
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      amyzex, Mannie

      What's the dividing line between the recordings and...say...housing discrimination?  Granted, I'm no expert on owner bylaws or the contracts involved, and I haven't been following the story closely.  Question is honest with no snark intended.

      •  Couple of things (1+ / 0-)
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        rduran

        Housing discrimination is handled by a government agency, and it was handled.  It's not material to his NBA business.  His comments can only be handled by the NBA and they get to the heart of his ability to run the business, since most NBA players are Black.

        It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

        by Rich in PA on Tue May 20, 2014 at 05:39:46 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  As I understand it (2+ / 0-)
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          amyzex, Mannie

          Sterling settled with USDOJ CRD for " refusing to lease Beverly Hills apartments to African-Americans" in 2009 and agreed to pay $3 million.  

          Is there something in the owner bylaws that prevents the NBA for taking action in cases like that?  Also, how is the accusation that you're refusing housing to Black tenants any laess material to NBA business than the release of some disgusting comments?  Arguably, the housing discrimination is far worse.

          Maybe I'm missing I'm missing something; maybe your point is that the media uproar over Sterling's comments was just too much for the NBA to ignore, whereas the housing discrimination story had already lost its legs?

  •  The NBA can fine Sterling and prohibit him from (1+ / 0-)
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    Mannie

    having any involvement with the Clippers. However, from people who know much more than I do about the legal structure of the NBA, as well as the Sterling Family Trust who is the actual owner of the team, forcing the trust to sell the team is problematic. I think we are in for a very protracted period of litigation which will be good for a group of lawyers in LA and NYC. All the while the value of the franchise increases.

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Mon May 19, 2014 at 03:49:30 PM PDT

    •  Love to see a long legal battle (0+ / 0-)

      drag Donald and the NBA through the mud!

      Let it all come out!

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Mon May 19, 2014 at 03:54:06 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think the legal saga of the Clippers (2+ / 0-)
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        Sparhawk, Mannie

        will have any material impact on the image of the NBA, or its world-wide appeal. The litigation will be about the minutia of the NBA constitution and the powers of the Commissioner and other owners. The trial will not be about racism as those facts are not in dispute, and will be stipulated before the trial starts. It's likely the trial won't begin for at least two years.

        "let's talk about that" uid 92953

        by VClib on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:05:40 PM PDT

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    •  I'm not sure the value increases (3+ / 0-)
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      Mannie, a2nite, amyzex

      If free agents refuse to sign with the Clippers while Sterling maintains ownership, and if key players leave via free agency, the value of the franchise drops when they return to losing, especially if the Lakers somehow manage a resurgence.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:49:38 PM PDT

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      •  That won't happen (1+ / 0-)
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        amyzex

        The Milwaukee Bucks just sold for $500 million despite having not made the playoffs in years and playing in one of the smallest markets in the NBA. Assume your scenario plays out and the Clippers lose their best players (which won't happen, the team's best player just signed a long term deal last summer) and lose most sponsors. So what? The clippers were one of the most profitable teams when they were terrible. And was true even in down ticket sale years.

        Honestly, even if the team lost every player and many sponsors the team would be hugely valuable at sale. Why? They play in LA, and have a hugely valuable arena deal and income from revenue sharing from t.v.  Plus an absence of star players plus the LA market means an eventual new owner will have freedom to spend freely and sign any players they want.

        And honestly, anyone saying no one will play for a sterling owned team is kidding themselves. There are only so many spots, and when faced with either not playing at all and earning nothing or playing for sterling and cashing an old racists checks, enough folks will sign in LA to field a serviceable team.

        Look, Sterling is abhorrent, bust these drawn our revenge fantasies just aren't realistic. They just aren't.

  •  Nope, wrong answer (2+ / 0-)
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    Lost and Found, clubbing guy

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon May 19, 2014 at 03:50:42 PM PDT

  •  They did nothing then, so they should do nothing (4+ / 0-)

    NOW?

    That's a ... weird argument.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:03:25 PM PDT

  •  Sterling put a dent in the NBA which affected, (3+ / 0-)
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    lordcopper, Mannie, a2nite

    even, the other owners.  The "sterling" image of the "athletic club" has been tarnished - not only in CA but in every city that has an NBA franchise.  Beyond that, actually, when you factor in tv contracts and NBA brand clothing sales.

    In short, owners, as well as the NBA itself lost significant simoleons. This whole thing is solely all about follow the money.

    This also explains why they knew all about Sterling's fire-breathing social views, but they couldn't care less for 30 years.  There could very well be another half dozen or so owners they couldn't care less about even now for the exact same reason - those owners haven't cost anybody any money yet.

    Know that $20 I owe you? Well, since money equals speech, then speech, of course, must equal money. C'mere and I'll read you the Tao Te Ching.

    by thenekkidtruth on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:05:41 PM PDT

  •  Sorry I Don't Agree With Any Of What You Said (3+ / 0-)
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    chicago minx, Lost and Found, a2nite

    Sterling should never be able to own another NBA team as long as he lives.  

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:19:17 PM PDT

  •  Great!! Now let's elect Pat Buchanan POTUS, (3+ / 0-)
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    chicago minx, Lost and Found, amyzex

    the follow your logic down a rabbit hole.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:21:51 PM PDT

  •  I think Donald Stern should be given a talk... (2+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, amyzex

    Show on CNN so he can give fireside chats about the good old days and solicit young money hungry women on live TV. If you want to spotlight the freak then don't do it half way, put that motherfucker on display for all to gawk at.

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:30:10 PM PDT

  •  This has to do with the players (2+ / 0-)
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    chicago minx, Calvino Partigiani

    Not the owners.  The owners were pretty quiet about the whole thing.  It wasn't until the players started to protest that the whole thing kicked off.

    I see this as a employee/employer issue.  The NBA players have a right to work in an environment that isn't hostile to their race.  The NBA is overwhelmingly black.  The most black players of all the professional leagues.

    I don't care if the owners like Sperling or not.

  •  Here's the practical reality of it... (6+ / 0-)

    From a business standpoint, the NBA cannot sustain a pariah franchise.

    Even if a majority of the owners honestly don't give a damn about the character of the man they let in the club, they have no choice now but to feign outrage and kick him out.

    Imagine having a team in the league that cannot sign a top free agent, can't find sponsors for its venue, is boycotted by fans and the network would refuse to put on national television.

    They would be so terrible that they'd surely wind up in the draft lottery and could easily end up with the top overall pick who would probably announce his refusal to play for them. Now wouldn't that stink-up their annual draft-o-rama?

    Not an ideal business model.

    The NBA owners must and will find a way to get him out even if he does manage to bollix it up with litigation. My money is on some kind of court-appointed receivership.

    In the meantime, if I'm Sterling (shivers), I'd hire a food taster.

  •  Nope. Dump him. (2+ / 0-)
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    Lost and Found, clubbing guy

    the woman who is easily irritated

    by chicago minx on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:44:56 PM PDT

  •  The other owners don't like him (1+ / 0-)
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    chicago minx

    Everyone else bought their team after he came in to the league, and its growth has been entirely in spite of how Sterling ran the Clippers.  

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Mon May 19, 2014 at 05:01:04 PM PDT

  •  Not a lot of support for this idea (0+ / 0-)

    I thought making people who hid and did nothing about this racist POS should be made to suffer for hiding it, their noses rubbed in it, instead of doing something about it

    Guess not many people agree or I didn't express the idea good enough

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Mon May 19, 2014 at 06:18:07 PM PDT

  •  To the person who HR'd this please explain (1+ / 0-)
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    joegoldstein

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Mon May 19, 2014 at 06:18:54 PM PDT

    •  Unforunately, lazy thinking isn't something... (1+ / 0-)
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      Mannie

      that only the Republicans hold a monopoly on.

      Imagine my surprise when I came to this site actually expecting intelligent, reasoned, nuanced, critical and reality-based THINKING to be predominant.

      No, really...just IMAGINE it ;)

      I get what you're saying. But the truth is, most Americans are reaction-machines, not thinking human beings.

      Oh well, it keeps Markos in Bösendorfers and Colnagos, so fuck it all, right?

      The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today. - August Spies

      by joegoldstein on Tue May 20, 2014 at 05:21:36 AM PDT

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  •  I think every other owner (0+ / 0-)

    should pony up $10 million dollars and the kitty should be offered up to Sterling with instructions to accept it or sue the NBA within 30 days.  Since the franchise is worth more than that (now), they would make a tidy profit when they find an angel investor.

    The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

    by amyzex on Tue May 20, 2014 at 08:06:44 AM PDT

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