NBA bans LA Clippers’ Donald Sterling for life

The NBA has just announced that it is banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling “for life” from appearing at NBA games, and from any decision regarding

The NBA also fined Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum possible under their rules.

The NBA is also going to look into forcing Sterling to sell the team.

Specifically, Sterling was banned for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA.  He may not attend NBA games or practices, may not be present any Clippers facilities, and may not participate in any business or player personnel decision involving the team.  He is also barred from attending NBA board of governors meetings and other activities.

They also announced that the owners have the power, through a three-quarters vote, to remove him as an owner.

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, courtesy of the NBA.

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, courtesy of the NBA.

As I’ve noted before, this is quite a change from where we were a month ago when conservatives, and some liberals, were defending Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who ultimately stepped down from his new job as CEO of the Mozilla Foundation after it was revealed that he had donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign in California.

Prop 8 was a successful effort to repeal the existing civil right to marriage for gay couples, and Prop 8 was also intended to dissolve the already-performed legal marriages of 18,000 gay couples in the state.

I just find it interesting that suddenly someone’s job is no longer protected from their noxious private free speech about civil rights matters.

We’re waiting for gay conservatives, Fox News, and Brendan Eich’s other defenders to step up and write a letter supporting Donald Sterling’s right to keep his job while wishing privately to discriminate against African-Americans. That should be fun.

Oh, and maybe now we can start seriously dealing with the extreme homophobia in the NFL, something that’s routinely ignored by teams like the San Francisco 49ers.


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