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The NBA just banned L.A. Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life. What best reflects your view? Great decision. This guy was a racist. I agree with the judgement; but I worry about its ramifications with free speech The fact he was secretly tape recorded and set up bothers me greatly Donald Sterling was exercising his First Amendment Rights and should not be punished. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (17) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 328 weeks ago http://abcnews.go.com/US/naacp-forgive-clippers-d… I find this amusing. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CrusaderCountry · 328 weeks ago The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law abridging the freedom of speech. It in no way protects a person from suffering personal or professional consequences from their speech. Since the NBA is not a law making body, their decision has absolutely nothing to do with the First Amendment. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 328 weeks ago Nearly two-to-one. Stay classy, Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Not a sheeple · 328 weeks ago The man is going to be laughing all the way to the bank. Bought the team in 1981 for $17 million dollars and today their estimated to be worth between $600 million and $1 Billion dollars. He only owns them for a tax write off and now the NBA is forcing him to sell. What a joke so many damn people in America keep letting a few jerk their chains and manipulate facts. How come some of you can not understand what is going on in AMERICA with all the RACE CARDS being played by the current administration to focus attention else where instead of whats going on in DC. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 328 weeks ago It is now a fact he knew he was being recorded. What should be patently obvious is that “free speech” claims are specious. Dude committed no crime. No one is trying to send him to jail. No evidential standard need be met for this reason. No one wishes to prevent him from making such statements whenever and to whomever he pleases. The government is not involved here. In business, particularly owners of franchises, you can’t just say whatever you want and expect that there should be no repercussions– unless you went to the Sarah Palin School of Constitutional Law. If you embarrass your franchisors, then you can expect to lose franchisee rights. If you alienate your consumers, you have no right to insist that they should buy your product anyway and that they are violating your rights if they don’t. I am sure that, in part due to their own secretive tolerance of his known racist behavior, the NBA will be quick to cut ties and blame it all on him, and thus minimize their enabling actions (or inactions) of the past. Nobody is more “outraged” by the “shocking” actions of subordinates than superiors who are complicit. Report Reply 6 replies · active 328 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Larry · 328 weeks ago Okay I read the article and it is a whole lot of he said, she said. after I read it, sounds like her lawyer is trying to cover her ass. I don’t see this a concrete evidence that he knew it was recorded. With that said, they are all a said bunch of people, and sorry to say there are just as many minorities doing the same towards others and they are given a pass. Too many other real problems going on in this world right now and nothing is getting done. it is all sad. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Dorothy from Kansas · 328 weeks ago He can say what he said again today. He can say it tomorrow. He can shout it from the town square. The First Amendment is safe. However, the First Amendment does not protect you from others exercising their First Amendment rights. Actions have consequences. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 328 weeks ago It doesn’t protect being stupid. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 326 weeks ago So did he not know the Anderson Cooper interview was being taped? Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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