Robert Sarver: "I Applaud the Actions Taken" Against Clippers Owner Donald Sterling

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Phoenix Suns majority owner Robert Sarver says he "applaud[s] the actions taken" against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was recorded making racist comments.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that Sterling would be fined $2.5 million and banned indefinitely from games or team activities, and he announced the league's desire to force Sterling to sell the team -- which is where Sarver's opinion comes into play.

Three-fourths of the NBA's Board of Governors (i.e., NBA owners) have to vote to force Sterling to sell the franchise.

Silver said in his press conference Tuesday that he has "spoken to several owners and I have their full support," but he stated that he didn't "poll" the owners.

Deadspin has a posting of public statements from owners supporting the NBA's decision, which is up to 10 at this point. The list doesn't include Sarver's statement, which says the following:
"I applaud the actions taken today by Commissioner Silver in response to the disturbing comments made by Donald Sterling. Commissioner Silver's decision upholds the principles of diversity, tolerance and respect for all people that the NBA and Phoenix Suns represent. The Commissioner has my full support."
Silver said the process begins immediately.

In the comments that sparked this whole thing, Sterling was recorded telling his younger girlfriend not to take pictures with black people and not to bring black people to Clippers games. The entire recorded conversation leaves no room for interpretation of what Sterling meant.

In today's press conference, Silver said Sterling admitted it was him on the tape.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

No surprise that this racist piece of shit is a Repuglykan. 

DNichols
DNichols

Bottom Line:

If Sterling lived paycheck to paycheck would any one on Earth be talking about his private conversations?

Is this being blown out of proportion because of money?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Man this is rich.. all of you talking about Orwell and so on....


Nothing Orwellian about this.


Society has ALWAYS worked this way. Bullies eventually get outed because that is societies way of shaming them out of existence.


Racists eventually stop being racist because the shaming pressure of society make it too difficult to continue being a racist. 


You share your private thoughts with someone else, anyone else and they are no longer your thoughts and they are no longer private, period.


Don't like that??? Don't say things that you are embarrassed of and know are unacceptable in this society. He CHOSE to say those words, he CHOSE to let another individual know his thoughts. He made the mistake being a racist to begin with and then sharing those thoughts with someone else who was not a racist.


The only privacy anyone has is in their head and in a closed room with no one else present. 


This is reality. Grow up, take some personal responsibility and start living in reality.

Richard Garrison
Richard Garrison

Racism sucks! But I'm more concerned about the invasion of privacy! It's nobodies G'Damn business what he say's or anyone else in private!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

While this couldn't have happened to a more deserving asshole, there's an Orwellian aspect that shouldn't be ignored.


Orwell foresaw a surveillance infrastructure allowing the government to monitor the citizens for expressions of forbidden thoughts and attitudes.  As it turns out, it's really the masses monitoring us.  The court of public opinion is not bound by "due process".


Mike Taylor
Mike Taylor

How can we find the recording of racist comments from Sarver?

DNichols
DNichols

After the N.B.A. Sterling should consider seeking an upper management position with the M.C.S.O, or perhaps becoming an Arizona G.O.P. Lawmaker, or Governor?

The "Desert Racist Wasteland" Politicians, and Bigots would welcome Sterling, and his Hate.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Those owners might have second thoughts about "slippery slopes" in a day or two or before actually casting a vote.  Something like a By the grace of God go I thingy.

Original-American
Original-American

The massive American response to Donald Sterling's personal "Downfall", is remarkable. Given to the number of sponsors, organizations, promoters, sports casters, and the NBA commission itself that wasted no time in taking swift action on a racist billionaire cretin. It should serve as a precedent for future rancorous racists within the sports world.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

What do you know!!.  We have a member of the AZ Legislature saying the NBA was wrong, and she will defend Stering's right to say anything!  Guess what party she's a member of..  It starts with a "G"....

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Actually, Donald Sterling is banned from the NBA for life. He can't even attend games. But, he stands to receive a windfall from the forced sale of the Clippers. 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins

Charles Barkley should be permanently banned as we'll for his racist remarks...tit for tat.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins

Charles Barkley should also be banned for life for the racist comments he made.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins

Charles Barkley should also be banned for life for the racist comments he made.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Good decision by the league. 


The league is a private entity, not a legislative one, so this is the free market deciding, the free market of the league.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  

Considering that the odds are close to 50-50.  Do you really believe there are no racist Democrats?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

If he was a minimum wage employee, but with the power and responsibility carried by the owner of an NBA team, yes, we certainly would be talking about it.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753  

Never in the past has it been so easy to share a private conversation with the entire world overnight.

The concept of privacy is not, and should never be allowed to become, obsolete.

 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative  CA may be a "single party" state when it comes to recordings (AZ is, BTW), where only one of the parties needs to know the conversation is being recorded.


On top of that, the woman says she was told by him to record all his stuff, as he had problems remembering what he said at times....

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@66rock  Any owner that does not vote for his removal will face a backlash from the fans and the team's players.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  We will presume he invested HIS money and is entitled to the proceeds of the sale.  Do you see it otherwise?

Original-American
Original-American

@TommyCollins Barkley is not in a position of power, much less--a team owner. Tit-for-Tat? It's no different from the racist spokesholes over at Faux Noise Network.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Flyer9753  No it isn't.  Stern decided unilaterally.  Look at it from a pragmatic perspective instead of an emotional one.


What if I was elected monitor of this site?  What if I banned and fined everyone who, in my mind, had an objectionable opinion?  Let's take it a step further (Stern did).  What if I also could ban and fine you for your personal thoughts and private conversations?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @DonkeyHotay  50-50.. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!


Yeah right... someone is doing false equivalency arguments again... (you)


No one is saying there are none.. just that when you hear of a racist, chances are much better than 50/50 that they are a republican.... 


Dem's shed most (not in any way saying all) of their racism when they kicked the southern racists from the party... who all promptly ran right over and joined the Republicans.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753  Privacy is not becoming obsolete, it's just a little different than it used to be. 


Times change, either you change with them and adapt to new tech and abilities or you get left behind and things like this happen. That's on you, not the tech.


And in the end, the tech does not matter, it's up to you to be careful what you say if you don't want it all over.. it's not up to society to protect you from your own big mouth.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @valleynative 

Yes.  I've been saying for a long time that Orwell failed to see how willingly some people would speak directly into the microphones.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@WhoKnows @66rock    Well they get the count for sure but don't know about how each name votes, that may not even be revealed.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @66rock 

Yes.  This is a true case of trial by mob.   In this case, it seems pretty cut and dried, but mobs aren't known to be picky about the quality of evidence.

Original-American
Original-American

@DonkeyHotay @Original-American 


"Pointing out that he's a Jew makes you sound racist as well."

The term "Jew" is not a racist epithet. Insomuch as "Negro" is. Then again, "Negro" is not a legitimate ethnic term. That would be like pointing out that you're a "Cracker". 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@fishingblues @Flyer9753  wow.. lots of big words used there babyfucker... did your mommy help you right that????


Too bad you don't understand 99% of them

THE_JUDGE
THE_JUDGE

@fishingblues Can you be any more fucking stupid ? The commissioner is Adam Silver. Sterling is a member of a voluntary body which according to its bylaws has the power to regulate itself....now fuck off you dolt

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 @DonkeyHotay  No I am not and while racism can be geographically oriented, it's overwhelmingly a social group... and in reality that's all political parties are, social groups.


Nonetheless... an accounting of statements, votes, comments, etc... that has been compiled shows you wrong.. the republicans are far more racist per their own words and actions, period.


BTW - stop the personal bias crap - the same could be said about you and not everything that you disagree with makes it personal bias on the other persons side. 


I base my conclusions on evidence, plain and simple.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753  I'm not blaming you, that was a general you, not directed :)


As to the world changing, sure it has, some for the better, some for the worse and this is no different. It's not automatically worse as these changes have both pro's and con's.


Your democracy analogy is not applicable, since we are not talking about secret ballots here, nor are we talking about something done in private (i.e. a private voting booth) - there were two people there, one might have thought it was private, the other did not and in the end the only privacy you have is in your head or in a closed room with no one else. Again, that's the reality.


You can speak to anyone about anything, the question of that conversation going viral is not a discussion about privacy, it's a discussion about trusting the people you are talking to to keep it private - if you mis-place that trust, that's on you, not them unless there was an explicit agreement that it was private.


There is no such thing as privacy when another individual is involved.


We as a society have deluded ourselves into believing there is, but that's all that is, a delusion.


People need to start living in reality rather than a delusion.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative 

I'm not trying to blame anybody.  I'm just saying that the world has changed for the worse.  Worse than you seem to appreciate.

Suppose my employer is a San Francisco liberal.   Do I dare speak out against Obama among my friends?   I certainly don't discuss politics or religion in Facebook, but shouldn't I be able to talk to friends without fear of my words going "viral"?

What does this do to the concept of democracy, which relies heavily upon the secret ballot as well as the ability of like-minded people to associate?


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows  VN - Arpaio is a prime example of speaking into any microphone!  Even when he "has the flu", "Can't recall", and he throws his own people under the bus for his own incompetence!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@WhoKnows


What a ridiculously inane comment.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @valleynative@66rock 

My point is that the judgments are really being made by the mob.  That's never a good idea, even though they may be right some of the time.

Original-American
Original-American

@valleynative @Original-AmericanYes much like Dan Synder, who also happens to be a Jew, who likes to "express" his brand of bigotry through his NFL team. By disparaging Native Americans with its racist team name.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Original-American  

Many people consider Jews to be a "race", but regardless, as used in this context, it's clearly an expression of bigotry.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Flyer9753


 Let me know which words you need help with you illiterate twit.


By the way:  YOU'RE BANNED AND FINED!

THE_JUDGE
THE_JUDGE

@fishingblues @THE_JUDGE
I'm embarrassed for you. Way to elevate the discourse pops. Take your Metamucil watch the "price is right" and come back with a better attitude, then I will play with you.

THE_JUDGE
THE_JUDGE

@fishingbluesYou made no point as your comment was nonsensical garbage, despite your "pragmatic" intent. The article only mentioned Silver's name six times and Stern's zero, it's easy to see how you can be confused. Your analogy was simply a waste of electrons. I could explain it to you or provide you with relevant reading but you wouldn't listen. As for you being an internet bad ass, I am going to allow it. Something tells me you need a victory. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@THE_JUDGE


The point doesn't change.  


As to "fuck off you dolt"  come on over and make me tough guy.  

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