Not that it's fair to put
A lifetime ban. A $2.5-million-dollar fine. Invoking total embarrassment upon himself amid his past actions. Despite Donald Sterling's poisonous mentality and beliefs, even these powerful sanctions probably will not change his unethical attitude.
But in the grand scheme of things,
Mark J. Featherstone
Only Donald Sterling could come up with a way to make Jim Buss look better to L.A. fans.
Leave it to Donald Sterling to demonstrate the obvious — there are endless ways to destroy a team.
Apparently, it's a lot easier to be named "Humanitarian of the Year" than I thought.
You can be sure that any
I know this is going to be contrary to what the vast majority of people are saying, but here is what the NBA should do to Donald Sterling. Nothing. Last I checked, in this country we all have the inalienable right to be jerks and morons. Even racist jerks and morons. The airways are filled with these nut jobs. In America we all get to vote, every single day, with our wallets.
If you don't agree with Sterling — and who could? — the answer is simple. Don't buy his product. Don't watch his games. Don't go see his games. Boycott his sponsors. Let his staff and roster refuse to work for him. That is what is supposed to happen. You don't like his views? You don't have to support him. But asking the league to step in and fine, sanction or oust him goes against what our free-market, free-speech system is all about. The same people that complain about the government overstepping its bounds now want the NBA to do just that.
Which will make a more resounding statement? Watching Commissioner Silver publicly spank him, or 16,000 empty seats and an entire team demanding to be released from their contracts at the end of the season?
Donald Sterling's rant is the new definition of irony. It was directed to his girlfriend — who happens to be black and Latina! Sterling should be forced to watch "12 Years a Slave" on a 24-hour continuous loop, a la
Mark S. Roth
The recent meltdown and dysfunctional environment that has become the Lakers and Clippers provides an opportunity for a potential new and younger buyer(s) to attain the best discounted opportunity ever in Los Angeles professional basketball.
The new marketing program for these two franchises?
Buy one, get the second franchise at 50% off.
Just read an article online from the Las Vegas Sun that said
As a San Diego native, I watched how Donald Sterling brought the Clippers to our city. Then I watched him turn his back on us and move the team (without NBA consent) to Los Angeles. And now, rightly so, Los Angeles has turned its back on him. Where next Mr. Sterling, Apartheid Island?
Lance A. Schmidt
In light of recent events, does the yearly "White Party" at Donald Sterling's Malibu estate take on a whole new meaning?
Perhaps the Los Angeles Chapter of the
San Luis Obispo
I understand I may be in the minority here in Los Angeles, but
I always considered Magic Johnson a champion until I read his tweet about Mike D'Antoni's firing, "Happy days are here again!" A real champion doesn't kick a person when they're down. Need I remind Magic, his Laker coaching record was 5-11, and his team ended the season on a 10-game losing streak.
When Donald Sterling sells the Clippers we better make sure he doesn't own the Staples parking lot. Just a thought.
Jim Buss should sell the Lakers to a Magic Johnson-led investment group, and then Buss could buy the Clippers. Everyone in L.A. would be happy and the teams can get back to their true potential and qualities.
There is a big electronic sign telling us about quick parking on Scott Road to get to Dodger Stadium. Only problem is, the sign blocks the right lane and creates an even bigger traffic jam with cars trying to go around it. Who thought that up?
The idea of banning Magic Johnson from
However, you can make a proper case for banning Magic Johnson and the rest of the Dodgers owners for being part of the organization that is now holding the city of Los Angeles hostage due to its $8-billion television deal.
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