I am going to start this by saying this is a difficult post to write. This issue has been plastered all over every social media site and really its hard to argue against. So one thing I want to make very clear up front. Donald Sterling is a bigoted jerk and I in no way support anything he has said or done. That being said I do not feel his NBA suspension had ideal timing.
For those who have not heard the story I will sum it up for you. Donald is in the middle of a legal battle with his former girlfriend and as part of that battle she taped a private conversation of his. In this conversation he made some racist remarks and ultimately said he didnt want people of color at the NBA games.For a more comprehensive overview of what went down please read this fantastic article.
Now I have heard both sides of this issue and I have to say one thing is certain, this man has no business owning an NBA team. The problem I have is the precedent the timing of this ban sets. Sterling was banned after a PRIVATE conversation was made public. Further, this case reminds me of when the Mel Gibson tapes went around where he was clearly goated into exploding. The girl in this case clearly set him up to go off. I am not sure this is the best time to lay down an extreme punishment. Do we want to start allowing our private conversations to have bearing on larger aspects of our lives?
The problem is the NBA missed a perfect opportunity to issue this punishment. When he was going through legal troubles with housing discrimination. It was VERY clear at that time that he was a racist and that his views could negatively impact the legaue. But the NBA turned the other cheek. The players accepted the money. And the game went on. So my question is why now? What makes this instance so unique that it warrants a lifetime ban?
I want to be clear I agree with the punishment, this man does not deserve to own a team. I however, do not agree with the timing because of the precedent it sets and the missed opportunites from before.
So bloggers what do you think? Did the NBA do the right thing?