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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The purging of Donald Tokowitz

As I mentioned when asked yesterday, I neither follow nor care about the NBA. The extent of my knowledge of the league comes from a single Bill Simmons book, and I find it somewhat amusing to see the legions of the politically correct hot in angry pursuit of a rich Jewish lawyer who was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in 2009. Frankly, I'm a little surprised that we're not seeing references to the Holocaust yet; the Times of Israel was relatively restrained in its headline: "Jewish owner of NBA team under fire over racist remarks".

But I do find it interesting to see how the NBA and the media are very much following the program described in yesterday's post, On Surviving a Witchhunt. Let's compare:
  1. Recognize that it is happening. Mr. Tokowitz, who is apparently quite the fame-whore and loves to put his ugly face in the newspaper, hasn't been talking to the media. Check.
  2. Don't think that you can reason your way out of it. As I said, most people have the causality reversed. Doesn't it seem a little strange that the league should react in such an over-the-top manner to an illegally-recorded conversation that clearly won't be admissible in any court? I read Bill Simmon's Book of Basketball and it is clear that Mr. Tokowitz has long been considered the worst owner in basketball and an embarrassment to the league. The league wanted him out long ago and it is unlikely that they would treat any other owners or players this way for a similar faux pas. For example, they have completely ignored Larry Johnson's much more extremist call for a racially segregated league. Check.
  3. Do not apologize! I wrote that "They will press you hard for an apology and repeatedly imply that if you will just apologize, all will be forgiven." The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to condemn the racist remarks made by Donald Sterling. The resolution also asks for an apology from Sterling to the city and specifically to Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Check.
  4. Expose their excesses. This is where it will be interesting to see how Tokowitz responds. The league is overreaching legally, and being not only a longtime owner, but a lawyer as well, Tokowitz will be aware of that. He may well be in possession of dirty laundry that the new commissioner doesn't even know exists; basketball is FAR from the cleanest sport in the world. On the plus side, we may finally learn the real reason for Michael Jordan's first retirement, which Bill Simmons insists was related to his excessive gambling.
  5. Do not resign! I pointed out that "their real goal is not to formally purge you, but to encourage you to quit on your own." The league is DESPERATELY hoping that Tokowitz will accept his public shunning and sell the team because they know they don't have a solid legal case for anything, not even the "lifetime ban".  (Which, as some have noted, was actually an 18-month ban in the case of Major League Baseball.) There has been some talk of appealing a clause in the NBA constitution that permits a three-quarters vote of the owners to force a sale, but it's not triggered by "expressing unpopular views in private." The league could make a better case for forcing the sale due to his having a mistress in the first place, but I very much doubt they want to go down that particular road.
  6. Make the rubble bounce. The NBA is in a lot of trouble if Tokowitz, who is old, rich, and apparently shameless, decides on the Samson option. He can probably single-handedly reduce the value of every franchise by 30 percent simply by monkey-wrenching the league through a series of "unfortunate" management and coaching decisions. And that's without even getting into the ramifications of potential revelations concerning David Stern's fixing of various drafts and playoff series.
  7. Start nothing, finish everything. I don't care about the outcome, but I rather hope the old guy simply decides to burn down the NBA around him. It would be entertaining to see what happens when all the owners and many of the major players are repeatedly set up in bugged honey traps and recorded, since I can't imagine it would be hard to produce a series of equally offensive recordings proving various PC offenses committed by a broad spectrum of NBA figures.
That being said, after reading about the brouhaha, it seems most likely to me that all of this is nothing more than a league-approved coup d'etat attempt by Magic Johnson and the investors behind him. In the present hypersensitive PC environment, it's not terribly difficult to whistle up a witch hunt in pursuit of your personal objectives. Steve Sailer connects the dots.
Listening closely to the presumably illegally made tapes suggests that the mistress was setting the LA Clippers owner up -- she's the one egging on the racial angle over her photos cuddling with Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers. Originally, I assumed her minor league lawyer was her mastermind, but the news that Magic and his mysterious Guggenheim Partners backers want control of Sterling's NBA franchise suggests that there's a reasonable chance that this whole set-up originated with somebody more high-powered than her Woodland Hills attorney. (This lawyer is so obscure that his office is on Burbank Blvd. rather than on Ventura Blvd.)

Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Magic Johnson was the public frontman for the secretive Guggenheim Partners in paying an outlandish $2 billion to Boston leveraged parking lot robber baron Frank McCourt for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. And now, what do you know, Magic and the Guggenheim Partners are willing to take the Los Angeles Clippers off Donald Sterling's hands and add it to their nascent Los Angeles sports empire.

In contrast, the new Guggenheim Partners firm is very high-powered. In fact, the SEC has been trying for a year to figure out if GP is so high-powered that its Los Angeles sports franchise acquisitions are done in illegal collaboration with ... well, I won't mention his name yet, but it's a smack-yourself-in-the-forehead name out of the history books of Los Angeles and finance.
That may or may not be the case. But I suspect it would sway public opinion, to some extent, if it were discovered that Miss Stiviano was a honey trap being paid to unearth an excuse that would allow the NBA to turn a franchise in a major media market over to the Guggenheim Partners and Michael Milken.

Or, alternatively, perhaps this is just his punishment for finally managing to show up Showtime in Los Angeles.

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136 Comments:

Blogger Tommy Hass April 30, 2014 5:12 AM  

The NBA getting crushed by a potential policy of scorched earth would be orgasmic. Couldn't happen to a better league.

Blogger Sherwood family April 30, 2014 5:47 AM  

Off topic but here is another effort to take away freedom of association of Christians by the Lavender Lobby in Canada.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Ontario+society+votes+accrediting+Trinity+Western+University/9772181/story.html

Anonymous Stilicho April 30, 2014 5:51 AM  

Inter-tribal squabble. Interesting case study though.

Anonymous Peter Garstig April 30, 2014 7:15 AM  

The NBA commish is way over his head for this one. He has zero clue. His statement alone decreases each teams value considerably. I doubt a 3/4 vote of teams will ever happen.

Anyway, the allegations of racism are a bit...overboard, I would say. He hands out millions of dollards to black people every year. Heck, he just fired a white coach to get a black coach.

I could not see this man giving in that easily. It's the biggest purging attempt yet, with likely the most reach worldwide, and they select a reckless old jew? Good luck with that.

On a side note - ex Viking player Kluwe calls for the starving of this man: "I'm talking, no one takes his money, sells him anything - nothing. Let's see how racist he is when he can't buy food."

Blogger YIH April 30, 2014 7:16 AM  

A lot has been made about ''why has no one noticed this jew's a scumbag before?''. Well Kareem, maybe it's because it's ''the other LA NBA team''.
The Clippers have been one of the NBA's sad sacks pretty much it's whole existence. I wouldn't even compare them to the Vikes, they make the playoffs more often than the Buffalo Braves/San Diego Clippers/LA Clippers. The NFL team I'd compare them to would be the Bucs, rarely decent, mostly year after year of futility. A team so bad it's easy to overlook them.
Also as has been noted elsewhere, jew scumbag (but I repeat myself) was a major financial booster of the NAACP (Niggers Are Always Causing Problems) and in fact was set to be awarded the NAACP ''Lifetime Achievement Award'' just before TSHTF. Why would a jew scumbag be involved in the NAACP you ask? You don't know their history do you?
Add in the fact that he been a reliable (and big) donor to the Democrats and the rest should fall into place.

Anonymous VD April 30, 2014 7:36 AM  

On a side note - ex Viking player Kluwe calls for the starving of this man: "I'm talking, no one takes his money, sells him anything - nothing. Let's see how racist he is when he can't buy food."

So Sparklepunter is a Maoist anti-semite. How surprising. Notice how the Left always eventually gets around to killing and starving the people of whom they disapprove.

Anonymous Peter Garstig April 30, 2014 7:40 AM  

Notice how the Left always eventually gets around to killing and starving the people of whom they disapprove.

It's a feature of the Left, proven by history, en masse. (Yes, the Nazis were Left)

Blogger orlando braga April 30, 2014 7:41 AM  

A private opinion is legitimately considered the basis to deny the right to private property. America has become socialist.

Anonymous Michael April 30, 2014 7:53 AM  

Normally I would boycott the NBA but seeing as I don't watch it nor support it financially in any way, shape or form...

Larry Johnson said the other day that there should be an all-black league. Clearly he has a problem with the 20% or so of non-black players in the NBA. Imagine if there was an all-white league. The MSM would have a conniption fit! Wouldn't it be funny if it became more popular than the NBA and all its overpaid prima-donnas?

The NBA commissioner is trying to punish Sterling for a private conversation he had which was none of their business. IOW, thought crime punishment. I am inclined to agree with whomever it was that asserted that Sterling's mistress was influenced to set him up in order that Magic Johnson or some other party could purchase the Clippers.

Anonymous Michael April 30, 2014 7:54 AM  

Peter Garstig, of course the Nazis were leftists -- they were socialists.

Anonymous Philalethes April 30, 2014 8:04 AM  

Ottawa Citizen story:

"Lawyer Peter Wardle, said his decision to vote against accreditation was a difficult one as a practising Catholic...."

Practicing what, pray tell? Perhaps we can guess...?

And what if an Ontario citizen wants to hire a Christian attorney? Nah, that would be... freedom.

I lived in Canada for a while, 46 years ago. It was pleasant... so song as you were part of the majority.

Anonymous wEz April 30, 2014 8:07 AM  

Please dont bring that attention whore Kluwe in to this.

Anonymous RL April 30, 2014 8:11 AM  

A quick review of the Wikipedia article on Mr. Tokowitz leaves one with the impression he won't sale until he is cold in the grave. If he did sale, it would cost the buyers an arm and a leg. Maybe both arms and both legs.

From the Wiki: Sterling acquired the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5 million, and as of 2014, the team is valued at $575 million by Forbes magazine...Somebody better have a lot of money to buy this guy out. He won't sell cheap.

Anonymous Gara April 30, 2014 8:13 AM  

You should totally defend him in court Vox. Go and explain everyone that his remarks don't fall under the definition of racism unless he explicitly says that whites are superior to black in every way, as you explained in the other thread. It should be easy for you since apparently none of your critics has been able to prove that you are racist, ever. You would certainly win in court and become a national hero.

Blogger J Curtis April 30, 2014 8:17 AM  

Will the NBA now have a forthcoming checklist of subject matter that a NBA owner cannot discuss in private conversations in their own home?

Anonymous VD April 30, 2014 8:20 AM  

Go and explain everyone that his remarks don't fall under the definition of racism unless he explicitly says that whites are superior to black in every way, as you explained in the other thread.

It really burns you that those uncooperative dictionaries have those troublesome "definitions" that preclude you from declaring that words mean whatever you say they mean, doesn't it, Gara. I suspect Mr. Tokowitz will simply point to his NAACP Lifetime Achievement award, given in 2009, as sufficient evidence of his non-racism.

Anonymous Stg58/Animal Mother April 30, 2014 8:22 AM  

Gara, or should I say Tad, I am sure Vox will get right on it. Now be a good boy and go back to your gay orgy.

Anonymous Gara April 30, 2014 8:24 AM  

Words are defined by their usage. Hypothetically, if we were to make a national poll about your remarks, and the majority of people agreed that they are racist, then you would racist according to what most people understand as racist. Is not a math issue were definitions are set in stone.

Anonymous Peter Garstig April 30, 2014 8:25 AM  

Peter Garstig, of course the Nazis were leftists -- they were socialists.

Try telling that to your fellow leftie.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian, King of Aquilonia April 30, 2014 8:25 AM  

So, a sports league owned/controlled/run by The Tribe is purging one of the fellow tribe members?

Who cares?

Anonymous Gara April 30, 2014 8:28 AM  

"then you would racist according"

I ment "you would be racist"

And who on earth is Tad. In every single thread, people accuse everyone who disagrees with Vox of being Tad. Is Vox readership so small that there is only one single leftist among it?

Anonymous wEz April 30, 2014 8:28 AM  

His head on a platter is the only outcome the progressives will accept. This whole thing seems predicated on race baiting for another purpose. Finding a creative way to oust the stubborn, yet smart old white-guy seems plausible.
So stir the simple minded up in this pc, multicultural, racially charged environment, and you now have justification to hand pick your new owner.
Brilliant if Sterling doesnt have an ace up his sleeve.
Set a fire and watch it burn from afar, then swoop in and play hero when the time is right.

Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 8:32 AM  

So if you want to own a team, just secretly tape an owner saying something salacious.

This should end well.

Remember when Kobe called a ref a faggot in 2011? If that happens next season, will glaad call for a lifetime ban?

Anonymous Michael April 30, 2014 8:37 AM  

Philalethes, Lawyer Peter Wardle voted in favor of barring Trinity Western's future law school from admission -- thus he cast his vote in favor of LGBT. God has no use for chaff.

The Orwellian double-speak is in full force in Canada where they punish Christians in their so-called "Human Rights Tribunals." In effect they're using anti-discrimination laws in order to practice discrimination against Christians.

You should seriously consider reading the following speech by Chris Kempling regarding Canada's assault on Christianity. Although it is from almost a decade ago, his message is certainly no less pertinent today. Canada's government has been hijacked by atheists and LGBT activists.

http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/persecution/pch0080.html

Anonymous David of One April 30, 2014 8:37 AM  

Actually I've seriously wondered if Gara isn't actually NKJ.

Comments made in a previous thread demonstrated a consistent past litigatory focus aimed at Vox in their comments.

Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 8:39 AM  

I think Sterling has a pretty decent case given what the bylaws say about forcing owners out.

I could definitely see the league office orchestrate a sale price that's overvalued just to keep him from going to court.

Mark Cuban can't be the only owner who's nervous about the precedent silver set.

Anonymous Philalethes April 30, 2014 8:40 AM  

Words are defined by their usage.

Ah, the "Living Constitution", again. Words mean whatever the majority of sheeple can be induced to believe they mean at any given time. Why, then, even have a dictionary? Consistent definitions = Patriarchal Oppression.

The problem with making a deal with the devil is that eventually, sooner or later, the devil will turn on you. It's his job, after all, and he's been doing it a long time. A word to the wise, Whoever-you-are: Someday you will not be in the majority, on some issue or other—perhaps an issue of importance to you, involving your life—and then you will have no defense.

Anonymous Michael April 30, 2014 8:41 AM  

Conan, "Who cares?"

You should as they're attempting to set a precedent for others to follow. Today it's Sterling; tomorrow they'll be going after Christians.

Anonymous Harsh April 30, 2014 8:41 AM  

I ment "you would be racist"

Would you learn how to spell before you come here with your ignorant trolling? There's nothing worse than a holier-than-thou asshat coming here to lecture us when it's quite obvious his IQ is somewhere around room temperature.

Anonymous LL April 30, 2014 8:43 AM  

Why don't they just prohibit PoC players from working for racist owners? Problem solved. They make the rules governing players, so let's see how long that shit lasts.

Anonymous starr April 30, 2014 8:45 AM  

Words are defined by their usage. Hypothetically, if we were to make a national poll about your remarks, and the majority of people agreed that they are racist, then you would racist according to what most people understand as racist. Is not a math issue were definitions are set in stone.

Yes, screw those pesky definitions and standards, my feelings are hurt and that's what should really count

Blogger Cinco April 30, 2014 8:48 AM  

I am not going to defend Tokowitz at all, that is up to him. That being said, who the f*** is Magic Johnson to be complaining that a man doesn't want his girlfriend near him for any reason? Let's not forget this is the same Magic Johnson who contracted HIV and spread it to who knows how many people. Tokowitz may be a bigot, but MJ is probably guilty of negligent homicide IMO. Given the choice between hanging out with one of the two, I will have a beer with Tokowitz. Magic Johnson is by far the greater villain.

Anonymous VD April 30, 2014 8:49 AM  

Gara is not the troll named Tad et al.

Anonymous Philalethes April 30, 2014 8:54 AM  

Michael: Perhaps I also should have mentioned that I am not nor have ever been any kind of Christian. However, I do believe in freedom, and respect anyone's sincerely held religious views, so long as they do not try to force them on others. This Canadian university has a voluntarily code of conduct; never, so far as I could tell, has it proposed forcing that code on anyone.

I will agree that LGBT people have been badly oppressed in the past for their personal, private behavior (which I would rather not hear about, but it's their business); but now they're making exactly the same mistakes as their former oppressors. LGBT clearly is a religion (a set of beliefs by which people live—and die), and it's being forced on everybody.

When I lived in Canada, a member of the "counterculture" of the 60s, it occurred to me one day that there was no Bill of Rights there; the Mounties could break into your house at any time on their whim and you'd have no defense. That realization was one of the things that brought me home to the USA. (Of course there's no longer any Bill of Rights here—since words mean whatever the unthinking majority thinks they mean—but that's another discussion.)

Canada has since instituted a "Bill of Rights", designed to mimic the USA's, but it's a total sham, full of "positive" rights granted by the State, the modern-day Golden Calf. Canada is the future planned for us unruly Americans, King George's revenge.

Anonymous Mark Call April 30, 2014 9:00 AM  

VD - I believe, and have said publicly (news and commentary, Monday:
http://hebrewnationonline.com/mark-call-daily-news-update-monday-50/ )
that there is more to this than just one witch hunt. Isn't it an AMAZING coincidence that immediately after a Bible-believing militia-supported rancher who got in the way of a Dirty Harry-approved BLM land grab was accused of the VERY SAME THING (racism: the new Capital Offense) that we'd need a Popular WasteStream Media demonstration?

This guy is just a side show to the Main Event. The Warm-up Act.

If you want to execute a low-profile guy in Nevada and set a precedent that will terrify believers in the Rule of Law worldwide, why not start with a "real" scapegoat?

Blogger Joel April 30, 2014 9:03 AM  

Hypothetically, if we were to make a national poll about your remarks, and the majority of people agreed that they are racist, then you would racist according to what most people understand as racist.

Ah, "truth" by popular opinion. I believe that's a fallacy.

Also, I'm pretty sure that if we conducted a national poll to determine the "racist" nature of every controversial thing ever spoken or written, everyone would be a "racist."

Anonymous daddynichol April 30, 2014 9:05 AM  

Gara,

If we took a poll here and the majority determined that you are a dickhead, you would be a dickhead by your own definition. Gee. That was easy.

Meanwhile, I would like to see an all black NBA league. It would only take one season for the fans to riot, kill each other in the stands and burn down the courts! What fun to watch from a distance.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian, King of Aquilonia April 30, 2014 9:06 AM  

Michael: "You should as they're attempting to set a precedent for others to follow. Today it's Sterling; tomorrow they'll be going after Christians."

Let them come. Bring on the purges.

Boldly and proudly proclaim, "I am racist, hear me roar".

Anonymous VD April 30, 2014 9:23 AM  

I am not the topic here, Gara. Stick to the topic. And for everyone else, Gara is not the topic either.

Blogger Guitar Man April 30, 2014 9:24 AM  

Where's a Jamie rap about his beloved NBA when you need one?

Blogger IM2L844 April 30, 2014 9:26 AM  

The problem with making a deal with the devil is that eventually, sooner or later, the devil will turn on you. It's his job, after all, and he's been doing it a long time. A word to the wise, Whoever-you-are: Someday you will not be in the majority, on some issue or other—perhaps an issue of importance to you, involving your life—and then you will have no defense.

It's sad, but expected, Philalethes, that, with this being both an implicitly and explicitly recurring theme around here, you still have to connect these dots for many of the obtuse habitué (trolls)?

Blogger James Dixon April 30, 2014 9:27 AM  

> The problem with making a deal with the devil is that eventually, sooner or later, the devil will turn on you.

A Man For All Seasons:

Roper: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!
More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Roper: I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast– man's laws, not God's– and if you cut them down—and you're just the man to do it—do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.

Blogger George April 30, 2014 9:28 AM  

One point that was brought up in a Sport Illustrated article on Sterling was the tax liability he will have if he sells the team.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nba/news/20140429/donald-sterling-nba-adam-silver-clippers-lawsuit-lifetime-ban/index.html

Apparently the taxes if he sells the team while he is alive will be about $300 million. And for reasons I don't understand his estate would only have to pay $100 million. So it is worth $200 million to his family if he doesn't sell and that might give them a big reason to encourage him to fight to keep the team.

The other issue that caught my attention in the SI article was the potential for a lawsuit. Sterling is known as a litigious lawyer and is very aware of the damage you can do in the discovery phase of a lawsuit. He could sue that other owners in an anti-trust case and subpoena all their e-mails going back years. Who knows what skeletons he could find.

Magic may have to really overpay for the Clippers to make Sterling go away. (Like he did for the Dodgers)

Anonymous CK April 30, 2014 9:28 AM  

Donald doesn't have a leg to stand on regarding the fine and suspension; the commissioner is given a lot of authority to decide what is in "the best interest of the Association". From a monetary/brand/etc perspective, I think this is hard to dispute (show of hands if you used to watch the NBA and you're going to stop because of this). Decisions are also handed down as arbitration, which I've been led to understand makes them much harder to overturn. It's freedom of association being upheld, basically a "go sit in your corner" type of ruling.

The leg he does have to stand on is that his actions don't trigger any of the conditions of sale except for, very very loosely, "willful violation of the Constitution and By-Laws". But again, it's a sports association's constitution that appears to levy a lot of power onto its commissioner to interpret as he deems fit. It's certainly keeping me from trying to buy a team, I can tell you that.

Anonymous Foolish Pride April 30, 2014 9:31 AM  

While I'm inclined to let a greedy billionaire lawyer rot regardless of his faux pas, you have to wonder why the left is so adamant about playing this game.

Don't they realize that the Right is better at it?

Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 9:38 AM  

Y'all let's start a kickstarter campaign to buy the clippers.

Anonymous Too Bad So Sad April 30, 2014 9:40 AM  

"Mr. Tokowitz will simply point to his NAACP Lifetime Achievement award, given in 2009, as sufficient evidence of his non-racism."

Awwww, he thought he was buying protection from the shakedown artists, and it didn't protect him. What a shame! But maybe if you give even more money to the Church, I mean, to the NAACP, you can buy absolution from the heinous sin of racism.

Anonymous Too Bad So Sad April 30, 2014 9:42 AM  

While I'm inclined to let a greedy billionaire lawyer rot regardless of his faux pas, you have to wonder why the left is so adamant about playing this game.

Don't they realize that the Right is better at it?


Not really. The Right believes in rules and procedures. The Left only believes in obtaining the desired outcome. This is another case in point.

Anonymous John Wilson Bach April 30, 2014 9:45 AM  

Interesting things here I never thought of. I thought it was just a case of manufactured ire on the part of media and "victims." In fact, this was my take... http://johnwilsonbach.com/2014/04/28/whose-business-is-it/

Blogger YIH April 30, 2014 9:47 AM  

Cinco:
That being said, who the f*** is Magic Johnson to be complaining that a man doesn't want his girlfriend near him for any reason?
After all, if this ho is going to bed down with jew scumbag cheating on his wife, what else would she hop in the sack with?
Also:
In sworn testimony, one of Sterling's top property supervisors Sumner Davenport claimed he made racist comments about black people living in one of the buildings he had just acquired:
"That's because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they're not clean.
... And it's because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day."

Hey, with that big 'ol hooknose of course he's going to notice that!

Anonymous JI April 30, 2014 9:50 AM  

Let's wait and see who picks up the Clippers for pennies on the dollar and we'll have the culprit behind all of this.

Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 9:53 AM  

It's not going to be pennies on the dollar, JI. There's going to be a substantial "please don't sue anyone" premium.

Bill Simmons estimated that the team was probably worth $1bn. It could go as high as $1.5bn.

Blogger IM2L844 April 30, 2014 9:54 AM  

But maybe if you give even more money to the Church, I mean, to the NAACP, you can buy absolution from the heinous sin of racism.

There is no absolution from the Church of Perpetual Reparations.

Anonymous Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings April 30, 2014 10:06 AM  

It appears that the gold-digging mistress, or "girlfriend" as the press refers to her, has hours of audiotape of phone conversations. Illeagal under California law, she will not be arrested for that. It is evident from the snippets published that she was leading him on, probably from a script, to get him to say what she wanted. Who coached her, provided a script for her, assisted her in recording convos?

I seriously hope that the NBA presses forward with this, and that the real dirt begins to come out - such as who Johnson's financial backers are. Because this is obviously all about money. The only question is "whose"?

Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 10:11 AM  

Johnson's backers are Guggenheim Partners, same group that partnered with him to buy the dodgers.

Of course magic is worth half a billion on his own.

Anonymous Truth or Consequences April 30, 2014 10:12 AM  

Previous LA Clippers coach is named Del Negro. Gotta love it.

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler April 30, 2014 10:13 AM  

I wonder how many NBA players endorsed abortions with their mistresses and girlfriends? Yet, private "racist" rantings makes one receive a 2.5 million dollar fine! He loses his business and is banned from his own team and business for Words.

Isn't America the product of the protest of these very same practices under the Monarchies and the Church? If one attacked the Church or the King, one lost his job. Wasn't this the raison d'etre of the whole "Enlightenment" and America is the product of the Enlightenment, yet America is committing the same thing that the Church and Monarchies are accused of doing!

Here is a Jew, Adam Silver, doing the same thing that his forefathers, like Spinoza, complained that Monarchies and the Church was doing.

Isn't this all very hypocritical.

Second, making racist comments is more important than abortion? Homosexuality? The Bible holds the death penalty for homosexuality yet what morality teaches that racism is evil? That is not biblical! You can kill a baby in the womb, but expressing your own opinion about associating with blacks and you get canned. Who elevated racism above abortion? A sorts of people who condone and have had abortions keep their jobs--a racist can not.

Something is not righ!

Anonymous Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings April 30, 2014 10:13 AM  

Johnson's backers are Guggenheim Partners, same group that partnered with him to buy the dodgers.

Maybe so, maybe not. How do you know?

Anonymous Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings April 30, 2014 10:14 AM  

Previous LA Clippers coach is named Del Negro. Gotta love it.

And he's white. And he was fired. And his replacement is black...

Anonymous bob k. mando April 30, 2014 10:16 AM  

Expose their excesses. ... basketball is FAR from the cleanest sport in the world.


as i pointed out last night, when you've got a man *convicted* of sexually assaulting women doing your play-by-play, you don't really have a lot of room to be critiquing anybody for badthink.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marv_Albert#Sexual_assault_charges

the fact that Marv 'Dental Records' Albert is the p-b-p announcer on the first Clippers game after Sterling's ban is sweet, sweet hypocrisy.

Anonymous alexander April 30, 2014 10:19 AM  

Why is gara the racist limiting our vote to Americans? A worldwide poll is the only fair way. And I bet a worldwide poll would define "sodomy" as "hang the homo".

Sound fair, gara? Or do brown people get no voice in the meaning of words?

Anonymous The other skeptic April 30, 2014 10:20 AM  

And he's white. And he was fired. And his replacement is black...

There seems to be some calls to fix that problem

I imagine that will fix the NBA.

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler April 30, 2014 10:23 AM  

Where is the tolerance and diversity for racists? Why the hypocrisy?

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 April 30, 2014 10:24 AM  

Johnson's backers are Guggenheim Partners, same group that partnered with him to buy the dodgers

Of course.
Rumors abound that the same group also wants to buy out AEG's Los Angeles presence, giving them the Staples Center, a stake in the LA Kings, The LA Lakers, and a serious shot at bringing an NFL team, all to a couple of square miles in downtown.
Or, this could just be the case of a guy who's team has played second fiddle to the Lakers for literally generations getting a bit pissed off that the gold digging strumpet was hamming it up with Mr. Laker at his Clipper games when the Clips have just started to become relevant in the local sports scene.
Then he just went off on black people, because, c'mon, what else are you going to do when you're 80 and pissed off?

Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 10:29 AM  

Also he's probably mad that she's exposing him as a cuckhold.

I think he would have told her the exact same thing if she had been publicly hanging out with a white baseball player.

Anonymous alexamenos April 30, 2014 10:36 AM  

It does seem that Mr. Sterling is getting a bit of the George Zimmerman treatment -- surely if he were on the aggrieved end of this tirade of hate he would not be so consistently referred to as a white man but rather as a jew.

Hmmm....An old jew codger is a bit ethocentric? I never would have guessed. Next thing you know someone is going to try to tell me that a lot of black folks disdain 'acting white.'

Anonymous patrick kelly April 30, 2014 10:40 AM  

"Is Vox readership so small that there is only one single leftist among it?"

There is only one leftist to rule them all from hell....the rest of you are his sock puppets....

Anonymous GreyS April 30, 2014 10:41 AM  

"Frankly, I'm a little surprised that we're not seeing references to the Holocaust yet; the Times of Israel was relatively restrained in its headline: "Jewish owner of NBA team under fire over racist remarks".

The NBA is almost exclusively Jewish-owned. Only four or five out of 30 teams are not Jewish. It wouldn't surprise me whatsoever if Steve's musings about this are nearly entirely correct-- there is definitely something more going on here, and the rest of the owners will control who Sterling sells to.

As someone who grew up going to San Diego Clippers games, we've always hated Sterling because he was an idiot and we knew he wanted to move the team to LA when he bought it. I remember he pasted his own picture on city buses to advertise the Clips. I remember him jumping into Paul Silas' arms after a rare big win. (literally-- he jumped up with both feet into the HC's arms like a baby).

Sterling losing his team won't bother many people in SoCal. I haven't rooted for them since the day they left. I look at it as one of the NBA's Jewish cabal eating their own. One thing for sure-- the new owner(s) will be Jewish, regardless if they have Magic as front man or not.

Blogger IM2L844 April 30, 2014 10:44 AM  

This whole thing is replete with a plethora of ironies, but I somehow expect the media to overlook them and doubt that SNL, Louie C. K., Stewart, Colbert or Letterman et al. will manage to capitalize on any of the ones we think are funny.

Anonymous Don April 30, 2014 10:46 AM  

I don't know and I don't care except it looks like it is a power play to steal his team. It's an old fashioned mau-mauing. The guy is what 80-something? He could hold on long enough to die or leave it to his kids, nephews or whatnot and tell them to suck his big orange balls.

Blogger Positive Dennis April 30, 2014 10:50 AM  

Oddly enough the ex-girlfriend is mixed race.

Blogger rcocean April 30, 2014 11:27 AM  

"The NBA is almost exclusively Jewish-owned. Only four or five out of 30 teams are not Jewish.'

Just shows how the wealthy Jews are smarter and work harder than their Gentile counterparts. They saw the NBA as a potential Gold mine and they were right.

Anonymous bob k. mando April 30, 2014 11:28 AM  

Positive Dennis April 30, 2014 10:50 AM
Oddly enough the ex-girlfriend is mixed race.




not in the least.

it's simply one more element the typical 'oppression of minorities and womyn' by the privileged, rich, 'white' man.

i mean, if him lavishing money on his bimbo was NOT oppression, why wouldn't he be doing that to white girls?

Blogger rcocean April 30, 2014 11:32 AM  

No reason why Sterling can't give the team to his Kids. No reason for him to sell unless absolutely forced to. This will blow over, once he steps down and stops being involved with the Team.

Blogger rcocean April 30, 2014 11:33 AM  

I've heard 30 percent of NBA fanbase is black. Does anyone have any hard numbers?

Blogger og April 30, 2014 11:34 AM  

Does Michael Vick still have a job? How is saying something someone doesn't like worse than torturing and killing G-d knows how many innocent dogs?

I do not consider anything a sport that doesn't involve bringing something edible home that I killed myself. So I don't know from basketball. I do know this Donald guy did not get where he is by laying down and allowing himself to be steamrolled- this will end badly for someone and I doubt it will be the wealthy Democrat Jewish Lawyer.

Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 11:43 AM  

Per Nate Silver, 31.4% of NBA fans are black. 45.7% are white.

Anonymous A Visitor April 30, 2014 11:53 AM  

The NBA is in a lot of trouble if Tokowitz, who is old, rich, and apparently shameless, decides on the Samson option. He can probably single-handedly reduce the value of every franchise by 30 percent simply by monkey-wrenching the league through a series of "unfortunate" management and coaching decisions. I would love to see the Samson option employed here. I frankly have never cared for the NBA; as I was trying to explain to liberals yesterday, I personally don't agree with the man's comments but they were made in private! Furthermore, how would Silver actually enforce the ban? I noted to the liberals that if Sterling wanted to, he could publicly call out Silver and challenge him to enforce it. That'd be interesting.

Finally, he owns the damn team. They can't force him to sell it. The mention of recorded honey traps makes me laugh. The Cold War is back boys and in a big way!

Blogger Miguel D'Anconia April 30, 2014 12:09 PM  

I also hope he burns the NBA. The disintegration of freedom in the USSA needs to come to a close and unfortunately I think it will require destroying the present status quo so rebuilding can occur.

Time for the flame thrower!!!

Anonymous Jack Amok April 30, 2014 12:14 PM  

On a side note - ex Viking player Kluwe calls for the starving of this man: "I'm talking, no one takes his money, sells him anything - nothing. Let's see how racist he is when he can't buy food."


Sparklepunter didn't think that one through very well. Al Tokowitz has to do is claim he's buying the food to cater a friend's gay wedding and then it would be a h8crime not to sell it to him.

Anonymous Michael April 30, 2014 12:21 PM  

Who decided that we are all obligated to like everyone else and from where is this incredible authority to control people's thoughts derived? If anyone who dissents from PC-approved group-think is going to be demonized and purged then what's the purpose in freedom of speech, expression and association? The progressives appear desperate to set precedence for Orwellian thought crime across the board. "Agree with us, or else..."

Of course I'll never go along with this totalitarian BS. These people belong in a communist state such as North Korea.

OpenID thetroll April 30, 2014 12:27 PM  

> and the majority of people agreed that they are racist, then you would racist

http://9gag.com/gag/aZPo4x0

Blogger frigger611 April 30, 2014 12:32 PM  

This story really pisses me off. There is no evidence he denied people jobs or set up road blocks for blacks on the path toward achievement. Hell, he didn't even use the "n" word in the secret taping. (At least not in the ones I've seen/heard).

All this man appears to be guilty of is holding a personal opinion that he prefers to not associate with blacks on a PERSONAL level, (and prefers his wife/mistresses do the same). Fuck sake, it's the damn NBA, so he is most certainly willing to associate with them and give them opportunities on a professional level.

Shocking news. Old white guy prefers the company of other whites. In related news, it's been newly discovered that birds of a feather flock together.

I see absolutely no crime here. Just an old man who has unpopular opinions (and that he believed he was holding in confidence, at least in this case).

But fined $2.5 fucking million dollars for saying he prefers his mistress not to so freely and openly associate with blacks? Jeez.

OK, let's put secret microphones everywhere. We might find out blacks have many of the same opinions. Where's the fine for Rev Jeremiah Wright? Jesse Jackson? When is MSNBC gonna fine Al Sharpton, ban him for life and fine him even a nickel?

God this world is more screwed up than ever and the pace is accelerating. I hope Vox is right and the owner resists and lets the whole NBA suffer.

A great indication that the end is nigh is that the lone voice of sanity and reason in this comes from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 April 30, 2014 12:42 PM  

Per Nate Silver, 31.4% of NBA fans are black. 45.7% are white

I have a very hard time believing that the remaining 22.9% are the sum total of hispanic and asian fans.
Asians are crazy for basketball.

Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 12:47 PM  

Asians might be, but there aren't that many of them outside of the west coast.

Also, Silver only looked at American fans.

Blogger RobertT April 30, 2014 12:48 PM  

I don't mind if people are ridiculed or despised for whatever, but when it gets to the point of punishing people for random statements made privately ... that scares the hell out of me. The next target may be you. I've been around long enough to know that regardless of what you say, someone will be offended, sometimes large numbers of someones. What a scary future to think you could be punished and lose your livelihood for a random utterance.

Anonymous Lucius April 30, 2014 12:56 PM  

Interesting. BC had recently voted to recognize the TWU law school.http://www.twu.ca/news/2014/023-lsbc-ruling.html
Being an American and ignorant of most things Canadian, I hadn't realized that other parts of Canada might decide otherwise. Looks like not just Ontario but other areas as well...The idea is ludicrous, of course, that Christian legal ed won't improve the bar. Unlike, say, the past several centuries.

Blogger YIH April 30, 2014 1:04 PM  

GreyS:
One thing for sure-- the new owner(s) will be Jewish, regardless if they have Magic as front man or not.
Which as Vox noted, is exactly what the NBA wants Magic as figurehead ''owner''.
I can see them working, prior to '81 the NBA was literally in danger of folding entirely. Plagued with drug scandal (worse than MLB or NFL) TV ratings so bad that CBS was tape-delaying playoff and finals games to after the 11 o'clock news and many teams on the verge of bankruptcy, they were in deep doo-doo. Then came the charismatic Magic and the hard working, high scoring (and White) Larry Bird was able to turn around the league's fortunes enough to not only bring them back from the brink but to even begin expanding five years later.
Since then Magic has been the ''goodwill ambassador'' for the NBA. Trouble was, when his playing days were done, no one was really sure what to do with him. They tried making him a coach, which worked out just well as it usually does (not).
Making him the ''owner'' puts him back in the spotlight with no baggage. Just like the Broncos making Elway the GM (wonder if those nightmares have gone away yet).

OpenID cailcorishev April 30, 2014 1:13 PM  

All this man appears to be guilty of is holding a personal opinion that he prefers to not associate with blacks on a PERSONAL level

Not even that: he just wanted her to stop posting pictures of herself cuddled up to them online, making it obvious she was cuckolding him. (It appears he didn't like renting his low-income properties to low-income NAMs, but that's been known for years and no one cared much.) When a man pays for a mistress, part of what he's paying for is that she at least pretends to be completely loyal to him and not out banging the pool boy, regardless of the pool boy's color.

It's clear that once she started these conversations, there was no way he could come out of them without being portrayed as racist. Look at the way they're portraying his hirings: don't hire enough blacks, you're obviously a racist. But hire too many blacks, and you're accused of being an even bigger racist by trying to form a "plantation." It's a game you can't win; there's no sweet spot of just enough engagement with blacks that proves you're not racist.

He could have told her, "Yes, dear, I love thinking about you with large muscular black men; please bang as many as you can," and that would be called racist. Once the purge targets you, facts and reason have nothing to do with it.

Anonymous bob k. mando April 30, 2014 1:13 PM  

frigger611 April 30, 2014 12:32 PM
the lone voice of sanity and reason in this comes from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.



i wouldn't get too excited about Kareem. he's STILL advocating for shunning and other social justice warrior practices.

the only things bothering Kareem are that a crime was committed to 'out' this sleazeball AND it appears as though Kareem is aware of the setup angle ( gf is the one who kept insisting on calling the athletes black and forcing a discussion on the treatment of blacks in Israel, etc ).

i mean, take the color out of it. if you had given YOUR arm candy a Bentley and 2 Ferraris and were supporting her to the tune of a couple of hundred thousand a year ...

don't you think that, at a minimum, it should buy you the consideration that she shouldn't flaunt her OTHER BOYFRIENDS in your face?

Sterling actually said that he didn't mind that she was fucking them ... he just wished she wouldn't bring them to Clippers games and post FaceBook pics of them.

ie - it's her publicly shaming him that was making him upset

her choice to mostly hang out with athletes who are black ... is HER CHOICE.

Anonymous Mycroft Jones April 30, 2014 1:13 PM  

You guys are missing something. He told her he didn't care if she was sleeping with them, he didn't want her seen in public with them. In other words, he didn't want her making him look like a CUCKOLD in public.

Anonymous Anti-Democracy Activist April 30, 2014 1:30 PM  

The other big issue here is the erosion of the idea of a private life. To what extent are we allowed to have one anymore? The circle of places we can reasonably expect to be able to express a private opinion and have it stay private is shrinking fast. Now, apparently, "in your own home" is off the list. None of us are quite the same person behind closed doors as we are at work or in the public limelight. Who among us, of any political or religious stripe, doesn't say things in private that you wouldn't want the whole world to hear? More and more, the private is the public, and the public is the political - meaning, subject to review by witch-hunters.

Which brings us to something that both this case and the Eich case bring us: Just how much are you, or should you be, accountable at work for things you do in your private life? If nobody else will, I'll ask it: Who the hell cares what this man thinks of black people in private (or what Eich privately thinks of gays), so long as that is in no way reflected in what he does in his business or public life? How much does our employer own us after 5PM rolls around and we leave the office? At what point is what we do none of their goddamn business, or that of the news media, or that of Tumblr Social Justice Warriors, or that of anybody else for that matter? Is this about making sure people are treated equitably at work, or is it about an "Error has no rights" crusade to save our souls from the twin Demons Racism and Hate? If so, God save us - there has been no tyranny on Earth, ever, greater than that imposed by those who were out to save us from ourselves.

Centuries ago, authors talked about how if they could just lift the roofs off the houses and peer inside, all the iniquity of the world could be solved. Leviathan - constant surveillance, constant accountability, no privacy, no ability to take off your tie and be different than you are at work. Their dream has been realized. What a nightmare.

OpenID cailcorishev April 30, 2014 1:36 PM  

I'm hearing that Magic Johnson is worth half a billion dollars. How? He came into the league the same year as Larry Bird, who got the highest contract ever given to a rookie at about $650K/year for five years, so Magic got less than that. A couple years later he signed a 25-year, $25M contract. So even if he renegotiated for raises after that, we're still talking well under $50M for his career, and I don't think he was getting Nike/Tiger money from Converse back then. Chump change compared to post-Jordan contracts and endorsement deals.

Is it that easy to turn $30-50M (minus living expenses) into $500M over a couple decades? Or is being the NAM/HIV+ face of lots of different organizations that lucrative?

Anonymous Concerned Rabbit Hunter April 30, 2014 1:40 PM  

I think CodeBabes will be purged as well:

http://blog.sfgate.com/techchron/2014/04/29/codebabes-learn-to-code-see-women-strip/

Blogger rcocean April 30, 2014 1:43 PM  

Many Conservatives - as usual - are playing this wrong. They are arguing that what he said isn't racist - which is dumb. Nor is that he said it in "private". The correct response is "So what"? Why should DT be banned for life for saying something 'racist'? Has he fired anyone for being black? Discriminated against blacks? Harmed them, in any real way? However, once you accept that "racist" talk in public deserves punishment, you're down on a slippery slope that leads directly to fines, shunning, or even as in the UK prison.

Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 1:50 PM  

Cail,

Jerry Buss signed him to a $14mm/yr contract in 1992 and kept paying him even after retirement. Magic also purchased part of the lakers. He started getting into business in the late eighties. I can imagine that being friends with the owner of the lakers is very helpful for business opportunities.

He owns a ton of commercial real estate, movie theaters, and a prepaid debit card company.

He also used to own 120+ Starbucks franchises.

Magic's shown an ability to help grow urban markets for corporations.

OpenID cailcorishev April 30, 2014 1:52 PM  

Then came the charismatic Magic and the hard working, high scoring (and White) Larry Bird was able to turn around the league's fortunes enough to not only bring them back from the brink but to even begin expanding five years later.

Yep. Prior to Bird and Magic, pro basketball was a pretty low-end sport with a rough enough fan base that some arenas originally had chicken wire around the court to keep fans from throwing stuff at the players. They made it mainstream in the 1980s, and it stayed that way with Jordan, who also appealed to the white middle class; but since then it seems to be reverting to its previous status.

Anonymous bob k. mando April 30, 2014 1:52 PM  

is it just me, or does Adam Silver look really fey?

https://encrypted.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=adam%20silver&tbs=imgo:1

OpenID cailcorishev April 30, 2014 1:56 PM  

i wouldn't get too excited about Kareem. he's STILL advocating for shunning and other social justice warrior practices.

Yeah, Kareem's a total liberal. But he's one of the few who has an independent thought once in a while and isn't afraid to express it, which makes him interesting.

Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 1:59 PM  

Um...y'all...the NBA isn't reverting to anything. You could have made that claim a decade ago, with the malaise of the post Jordan era, the 1999 labor stoppage, the Knicks, Allen Iverson, and the malice at the palace.

But that is ancient history. The clippers will probably be sold for a billion dollars.

Anonymous Scintan April 30, 2014 2:06 PM  

Words are defined by their usage.

You were in another thread, under a different name, making the same false claim. Words are defined by their definition. No matter how often you try claiming that 'dog' isn't '1
a : canid; especially : a highly variable domestic mammal (Canis familiaris) closely related to the gray wolf ', because it's been used as a slang expression meaning something else, it's still going to be '1
a : canid; especially : a highly variable domestic mammal (Canis familiaris) closely related to the gray wolf '.

Anonymous CK April 30, 2014 2:08 PM  

Not to be lost in all of this; the NBA is in the process of negotiating its new media deal...

Blogger J Curtis April 30, 2014 2:25 PM  

"Imagine a world where public opinion takes a sharp turn against say, fracking. The last thing Aubrey McClendon wants is a throng of pitchfork-wielding environmentalist protesters camping out in front of Chesapeake Arena, home to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Or if an objection to gay marriage is suddenly viewed by the vast majority of individuals as solely an expression of homophobic bigotry. Do you think the Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos wants fans of the team having to decide whether buying tickets is a form of validating his statements that gays “keep asking for favors,” and that marriage is “not vital to them, in my opinion?”"

Link


Anonymous Josh April 30, 2014 2:30 PM  

Charles Piece of Esquire and Grantland argued on PBS last night that the league should look at punishing Rich DeVos for being anti gay.

I think we've seen a new world record for getting to that slippery slope.

Holy shit, that was fast.

Blogger frigger611 April 30, 2014 2:31 PM  

Bob K. Mando wrote:
"I wouldn't get too excited about Kareem. he's STILL advocating for shunning and other social justice warrior practices."

Totally agree. I'm not excited, just observing - which is why I called it a sign that "the end is nigh"

I was being sarcastic... I think.

Hell, not even I can be sure anymore...

Blogger J Curtis April 30, 2014 2:32 PM  

"Imagine a world where public opinion takes a sharp turn against say, fracking. The last thing Aubrey McClendon wants is a throng of pitchfork-wielding environmentalist protesters camping out in front of Chesapeake Arena, home to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Or if an objection to gay marriage is suddenly viewed by the vast majority of individuals as solely an expression of homophobic bigotry. Do you think the Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos wants fans of the team having to decide whether buying tickets is a form of validating his statements that gays “keep asking for favors,” and that marriage is “not vital to them, in my opinion?”"

Link


Anonymous Anonymous April 30, 2014 2:34 PM  

This is too easy to figure out for those who have eyes. David Stern, the former commish, hated Sterling. This is the same Stern who "allegedly" fixed several drafts, games, refs, made Jordan 'retire' rather than suspend him, and basically ran the league like the KGB. New commish Silver was taken under Stern's wing for several years and was groomed for the job. First major job for Silver? Get rid of Sterling, something Stern never could do. This was a con-job the whole way, probably planned by Stern/Silver for years.

- Brian

Anonymous GreyS April 30, 2014 2:52 PM  

In the end, I don't care. Sterling is enough of an idiot that it wouldn't bother me in the least if he loses his team. And I stopped watching the NBA years ago. And the idea of Sterling being yet-another-victim-of-PCLeftism-and-you-may-be-next-! seems like a joke. It's the conspiracy part which is interesting to me.

Anonymous Scintan April 30, 2014 2:56 PM  

OT, but Vox's new homeland continues to embarrass itself with the Amanda Knox issue.

Anonymous emdfl April 30, 2014 2:57 PM  

I'll pay attention to basketball when they raise the hoop up two or three feet. Fun to watch those six and seven foot players break their necks trying to dunk in a 14ft hoop.
Considering the average height of tall players was probably around 5'6" when Naismith invented it.

Anonymous VD April 30, 2014 3:12 PM  

Vox's new homeland continues to embarrass itself with the Amanda Knox issue.

(laughs) That's nothing. The government hasn't even collapsed once over it.

Anonymous WaterBoy April 30, 2014 3:28 PM  

The problem for Silver is that the majority of the black fan base, as well as a significant portion of the left-leaning white/asian/hispanic fans, could cause significant economic damage through a boycott. When you're in danger of getting close to 50% of your fans refusing to buy tickets and merchandise, or view televised games (leading to loss of ratings and subsequent revenue), you're forced to take drastic action to appease that crowd...whether it's right or wrong.

This isn't the first time this has happened either -- the same rail was used to ride Marge Schott out as managing majority partner of the Cincinatti Reds, too. Though she wasn't banned for life from MLB, I suspect that it was only the fact that she was a woman that multiple suspensions were imposed, instead.

Blogger IM2L844 April 30, 2014 3:28 PM  

This is too easy to figure out for those who have eyes.

Not for eyes that don't follow the NBA intelligentsia. In light of current events, it's interesting information to know, though. It all reeks of harebrained (rabbitthink) motivations.

Blogger veinarmor April 30, 2014 3:30 PM  

23 of the 30 NBA teams are owned by jews. The Commissioner, Silver, is a jew. A jews' genetic imperative involves a ceaseless scurry across the earth in search of lucre. Ipso Facto— jews stand to make some money from this nonsense else it would never have been allowed to happen.

Anonymous The Only Thing We Learn From History Is…. April 30, 2014 3:32 PM  


Which brings us to something that both this case and the Eich case bring us: Just how much are you, or should you be, accountable at work for things you do in your private life?

It is worse than that. The Mozilla case shows people can be held accountable for things in private in the past. This is eerily like the way photographs were continually being doctored in the USSR during the 1930's, as some former Comrade became an unperson and vanished into the Gulag. No way that a criminal wrecker and agent of Capitalism could be allowed to have his image in the same frame as Comrade Stalin. He had to be excised from history - Eisenstein had to hastily edit Trotsky out of the movie "Oktober" in 1927 as a result of a purging. And all the associates of a newly - discovered enemy of the state suddenly became potential enemies.

So will there be a statute of limitations on this? Clearly donating to Prop 8 some 6 years back is hatecrime, what about supporting DOMA back 20 years ago?

The left has not thought out where this leads. If a man can have his life ruined in 2016 because of words he wrote in an email back in 1994, if he can have his career ended and his family shunned no matter what he does, then what does he have to lose? If he's going to be treated like a criminal no matter what, then in practical terms, there's no reason for him not to be a real-deal criminal. Sure, in moral and religious terms that's not true.

But lots of people do not think that way, when they feel cornered. It seems to me that creating a whole bunch of intelligent criminals who have nothing to lose via high profile "show trial" events is not a good idea in the US at this time.

Stalin knew better. He had all the Communist Party members turn in their guns in first, and only then did he start purging his disarmed enemies from the party with the late night arrests, torture, secret executions and so forth.

Anonymous Axe Head April 30, 2014 3:51 PM  

23 of the 30 NBA teams are owned by jews. The Commissioner, Silver, is a jew. A jews' genetic imperative involves a ceaseless scurry across the earth in search of lucre. Ipso Facto— jews stand to make some money from this nonsense else it would never have been allowed to happen.

Only 23? Lol.

The league office is honeycombed with Jews, too. They just want a better kind of Jew running the Clippers. Not sure how they figure out what's better, it's a combination of Kabbalah and Talmud calculation I'm sure.

Anonymous Supernaut April 30, 2014 3:52 PM  

Times of Israel was relatively restrained in its headline: "Jewish owner of NBA team under fire over racist remarks".

Note, in Israel, the media meme promotes the "All Jews, even rich American Ones" are eligible for persecution by the Goyim nations.

But back here in the good ole USSA, you'd never know Donald was a member of the tribe based on mainstream media propaganda.

I saw two news segments on this "story" yesterday. One, a 1 minute blurb with a quick play of the offending remark and a quick shot of Magic Johnson demanding the NBA "do something about this!" during my local news broadcast. Than it was the lead story on the CBS national news broadcast, where it got the full 2 minutes hate treatment.

And yet, in neither case, was Jew, Jewish or even his real name Tokowitz ever mentioned.

If you were to just go by the tell-a-vision news broadcasts, you would think Donald Sterling where a white boy and former clan member, and represents white racism that still plagues this country, 6+ years after electing our first black president.

The more you see this shit, the more you realize that in fact the "conspiracy theories" are true. The Tribe certainly does own the media, and they do want us all to be divided between white, black, yellow and brown, while THEY, the Chosen, rake in the profits of their central banking usury cartel and consolidate their control over our minds via their mass media control.

Anonymous Obvious April 30, 2014 4:14 PM  

It'd be nice if the blog owner verified his information before going off about "an illegally-recorded conversation that clearly won't be admissible in any court"

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-donald-sterling-tapes-20140429,0,7072200.story#axzz30OzJqDH0

Anonymous ck April 30, 2014 4:28 PM  

"The other big issue here is the erosion of the idea of a private life."

Strelnikoff to Dr. Zhivago, "the private life is dead for a man with any manhood."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6raF7kcJJs

Anonymous WaterBoy April 30, 2014 5:06 PM  

Obvious: "It'd be nice if the blog owner verified his information..."

That a person accused of making illegal recordings under California law would state that the other party knew about said recordings to refute said charges?

Color me surprised. He said, she said.

That a known ankle-biter of said blog owner would choose to arbitrarily believe the 'she-said' side to attack said blog owner?

Color me further surprised. Use a richer hue, if necessary to get the point across.

Anonymous bob k. mando April 30, 2014 6:04 PM  

Obvious April 30, 2014 4:14 PM
It'd be nice if the blog owner verified his information before going off about "an illegally-recorded conversation that clearly won't be admissible in any court"



let's stipulate that this is true.
"the 80-year-old Sterling, who is said to have used the tapes to refresh his memory because he frequently forgot what he said."

so ...
you are advocating that an elderly minority who appears to be suffering from dementia or alzheimers ( ie - severe memory, judgment and behavior problems ) should be asset stripped because of something his girlfriend entrapped him into saying?

how is this NOT discrimination against the elderly?

sounds to me more like he needs to be committed.

it does put paid to the idea that the rich are more 'capable' or intelligent than others, though.

Anonymous Jack Amok April 30, 2014 6:27 PM  

In the end, I don't care. Sterling is enough of an idiot that it wouldn't bother me in the least if he loses his team. And I stopped watching the NBA years ago. And the idea of Sterling being yet-another-victim-of-PCLeftism-and-you-may-be-next-! seems like a joke. It's the conspiracy part which is interesting to me.

That's what's so great about this. He's a lousy person, the league is a disaster, there'll be minimal cultural loss if it triggers a meltdown, but it's a high-profile case of punishing ThoughtCrime which will open more eyes.

Far better guys like this ugly man are the sacrificial victims than more decent folks.

Anonymous Anti-Democracy Activist April 30, 2014 7:32 PM  

I love the responses at the stadium, too - the "We Are One" chants and such. Which all basically amounts to: "I hate that Sterling guy. I think I'll pay him a hundred bucks to sit in his stadium and tell him how much I think he sucks".

Brilliant. Hey, anybody who wants to pay me a hundred bucks to tell me how much they hate me, email me and we'll make a deal.

Anonymous Obvious April 30, 2014 8:38 PM  

Looks like WaterBoy could use some reading comprehension work if he thinks that the girlfriend is the only one stating that MR. Sterling knows about it.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus April 30, 2014 9:27 PM  

Roper: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!
More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Roper: I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast– man's laws, not God's– and if you cut them down—and you're just the man to do it—do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.


Would you rather hide from the Devil behind Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood v. Casey?

Anonymous WaterBoy April 30, 2014 10:36 PM  

Looks like Obvious can use some honesty if he thinks anything in the media about Sterling's awareness can be verified, in either direction.

Anonymous Anti-Democracy Activist April 30, 2014 10:45 PM  

"More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?

Presuming that you could effectively hide behind the laws of man as a protection against the Devil = Fail. Only Jesus Christ can protect you then - nothing else can or will.

Blogger James Dixon April 30, 2014 10:48 PM  

> Would you rather hide from the Devil behind Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood v. Casey?

Whichever works. When it comes to hiding from the Devil, that's all that matters.

Blogger James Dixon April 30, 2014 10:50 PM  

> Presuming that you could effectively hide behind the laws of man as a protection against the Devil = Fail.

Against the Devil himself? Sure. But individuals are mostly below his attention. He uses his agents for that. And they can be effective against them.

> Would you rather hide from the Devil behind Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood v. Casey?

Anonymous bob k. mando May 01, 2014 1:29 AM  

Obvious April 30, 2014 8:38 PM
Looks like WaterBoy could use some reading comprehension work if he thinks that the girlfriend is the only one stating that MR.



because more than one person would NEVER be involved in a conspiracy to lie about something in order to bring a third party down. herp derp.

lots of people asserted that the NatGuard documents were 'real'. i guess that was just a scheme concocted to get Dan Rather fired, eh?

we have an assertion, you dunce. we have no proven fact.

yes, a mainstream paper is reporting it ... but the primary source is TMZ. you really want to stake your reputation on TMZ?

that's right, your reputation already is that of a dumbass.

you called out Waterboy. why didn't you call out me? you do UNDERSTAND what it means when someone "stipulates" to a point for discussion purposes, yes?

Anonymous Anti-Democracy Activist May 01, 2014 1:41 AM  

"Against the Devil himself? Sure. But individuals are mostly below his attention. He uses his agents for that. And they can be effective against them."

Laws serve whoever writes them. "The law" as a thing-in-itself is neutral - like guns, like books, like any tool. They can protect you from the Devil, or they can be his sword and shield.

Mainstream conservatives, and many libertarians, are people who are stupid enough to allow a civilization to be destroyed in the name of a constitution. The naivete of this, superstitious belief in the innate power of words written on pieces of paper by men - some smart, some stupid, some honorable, some corrupt, some good, and some wicked - to ward off real evil, is to me mindboggling. Not me - I'm beyond believing in such fairy tales. When the laws serve goodness, I respect them, I support them, and I will protect and defend them. When they serve evil, I'll tear them up root and branch.

Anonymous Roundtine May 01, 2014 5:59 AM  

He could black knight the hell out of the NBA.

Anonymous bob k. mando May 01, 2014 12:12 PM  

Anti-Democracy Activist May 01, 2014 1:41 AM
Laws serve whoever writes them.



actually, no.

Laws serve whoever ENFORCES them.

which is how the courts and police have gotten the US so very far away from anything recognizable in the Constitution.

Blogger Hector May 02, 2014 12:06 PM  

Anyone see this yet?
http://www.polygon.com/2014/5/1/5673218/turtle-rock-community-manager-josh-olin-twitter-donald-sterling

Josh Olin, the community and eSports manager at Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios, is no longer with the company in the wake of a series of remarks related to vilified Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Olin, a former community manager at Treyarch Studios (Call of Duty: Black Ops) and Riot Games (League of Legends), said on Twitter on Wednesday, "Here's an unpopular opinion: Donald Sterling has the right as an American to be an old bigot in the security of his own home. He's a victim."

Anonymous Discard May 04, 2014 4:44 AM  

I don't mind seeing the old shyster suffer, but I'd rather see his many enemies and professional sports in their entirety suffer more. I do hope that he, or his lawyers if he's not lucid enough, fight tooth and nail. A billion dollars will buy a lot of dirt.

Anonymous Barney (T)Rubble May 22, 2014 3:09 AM  

From an dedicated papist and an proud-to-be-honky:
the niggers versus the kikes.

Yawn.

PC.

Much bigger yawn.

Let's call a spade a spade here:
an big-mouthed jealous-like-a-schoolboy stinky old coffin sitter hedonist running around with, and thinking he can hold on to, an baiting cheating unfaithful flirtatious gold-digging hanger-on parasitic plastic slut opportunist that would sell him out for an nickel, an better opportunity, and an black penis wrapped in greenbacks.

What's new?

Yawn.

He wants young trophy sex; she wants money, status, and attention. Ah, true love...how beautiful.

Two weeks from now nobody will care...hell, nobody gives a shit now...except for irrelevant lying self-important misleading rabble-rousing trash like Sharpton.

Can we turn our attentions to something IMPORTANT (...keep 'em busy, broke, and entertained, said The Romans to the rabble...)?

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