Which include freedom of speech, private conversation and his own opinion.
This guy is probably on Cloud 9 because he’s center stage in the media glare and with his high-priced LA attorneys will likely win his case against the NBA. Remember NBA by-laws, which are a bit thin in this case, do not supersede the U.S. Constitution let alone the rights granted to all Americans.
First of all, his taped-conversation was private and inadmissible in a court of law.
Secondly, they may decide to play the tape anyway because in many ways it defends Sterling.
His lawyers can argue that this is the case of an 80 year old billionaire who was simply jealous that his mistress might be sleeping around with NBA players who may or may not be of color. Regarding Magic Johnson, he’s is a well-known carrier of the HIV virus. Sterling may have worried or assumed that his girlfriend might be sleeping with Johnson, thus she might get HIV and pass it along to Sterling.
Still, clearly, his rant was aimed at black athletes in general.
Now lets look at discrimination issue with the Clippers.
Sterling now owns a playoff team so they’re a good team. And he’s paying his predominately black players the same type of salaries they would likely make with any other NBA team. Here’s the kicker, his head coach is black and one of the highest paid coaches in the League.
So why did commissioner Adam Silver rush out and announce that the NBA was banning Sterling from all NBA activities and may force him to sell the team? Simple. Because the commissioner was forced by the media to make a rush to judgment knowing that not all his decrees would stick.
I don’t see U.S. courts making an exception in this case. That would be a dangerous precedent, whereby the owner of a major franchise is held to a higher standard than anyone else.
Look, the government gives out permits for Nazi’s to march and have public displays of hatred towards Jews and Blacks, airing stating their disgusting opinions publicly all the time. That’s America, we enjoy free speech, especially in a private conversation.
Donald Sterling is going to be on 60 Minutes and everything else.
He’s going to end his days in the limelight. He’s got $1.9 billion, so fining him and forcing him to sell his team are not going to faze him one bit or diminish his enjoyment of life in the rich lane.
His mistress already has agents lined up to get her a reality show, etc. Just like B movie actresses who leak porno videos, this was probably a set up to get both of them what they want – attention for him, fame and money for her.
Look, there are a lot of 80 plus year old billionaires who think the same way he does.
They came up in a different time and look down on almost everyone. They are elitists who only want to spend time around one another. Remember, Sterling committed no criminal act.
I realize the NBA legal department is saying he doesn’t have a claim against them, but anyone can file a grievance in civil court and I believe Sterling will.
And there’s a pretty good chance that he’ll prevail.