(Mark Jackson thinks the fans should boycott, well thats convenient... (And general Sterling thoughts)
Since his team will be playing ON THE ROAD in this game...
And overall, I think it's ridiculous people wanted the Clippers to boycott, its not their job, its not their place, its really not their problem. Donald Sterling doesn't pay them, the NBA pays them. No matter what team or owner they play for, they get paid. The NBA needs to fix this in the offseason, so that the Clippers don't end up losing players and coaches and damaging their very promising franchise long term.
It wouldn't be fair to the fans if their was a boycott, and it would do nothing to remove the obstacles in removing Sterling. To me, here is what should happen:
1. The NBA suspends him for the rest of the year, and then will come back and assess it this offseason.
2. The players don't ask for trades, don't ask to be let go, Doc Rivers doesn't leave, but they all agree to boycott NEXT season if Sterling is still the owner. This gives the NBA months to figure it out, not just instantly losing out on playoff games.
3. The other owners pressure Sterling into selling the team.
I know this is probably the best case scenario, I just don't want to see that franchise fail the way Indiana's did after the Artest melee. I know they are totally different situations but the difference is this one can be fixed. If Sterling stays there, players won't want to go there and the current players will do anything to leave. That's not healthy for the league, and certainly not healthy for a franchise with such an optimistic future.
Also this whole thing is a big ole FU from David Stern to Adam Silver. They knew Sterling was an awful owner, they knew he was racist. This isn't a new thing, its been going on for years.
I was just about to write the same thing as you. It is publicly known that Sterling is a racist. Not just now, this is old news. That is one of the things that blows my mind. If I get the time I may go look back on some of the old known stuff of his. Maybe the only thing that is different now is that ESPN no longer focuses as much on people playing sports and beats stories to the ground, then add in how big social media has gotten. It was almost as if he just had to be heard in public before anyone would validate it.
The 2nd thing I am trying to understand is that the NAACP was about to give him an award before all of this went down...They already gave him one in 2009. I guess we know the one color that everyone really cares about and that is green.
The last thing is are we sure his gf/ mistress, etc is even a woman? I am not judging him for who he wants to be with, she just looks like a man that has done a smediocre job of looking like a woman.
I agree with you on the first two things, but the last one, the realist and business man in me says that Sterling will not be pressured into selling the team. Why, because I think he is the oldest team owner in the NBA, he is a business tycoon, he knows he gets tons of money for owning the team, no matter if he is racist or not. So if he in his right mind he won't be pressured into selling the team, unless his franchise starts screwing it up and losing games (and I mean a bunch of them) Which might happen if he stays owner and #2 on your list ends up happening.
In the end, I do think your first idea will happen. As for how to punish Sterling for being racist. I have no idea. I agree he should be punished, and he should get suspended for the rest of the playoffs, including the draft, so Silver has time to figure out what to do about this during the offseason. Right now this is one time that I say to myself I am so glad I don't have his job, this is one decision I do not want to be responsible for.
One thing I can so though, is that I am glad Silver is taking this issue head on and not letting it settle, unlike Stern did. We've known that Sterling was racist for a long time, and there have been issues about it in the past. Stern never did anything about this though. (probably because he knew how much Sterling did for the NBA money wise) That's probably what made me most mad about Stern. He allowed special treatment for some people like Sterling.
Here is something for you. While I think there is a lot of fake outrage, let's say the team keeps losing sponsors, Doc leaves, players ask for trades, agents do whatever they can to keep their guys away, no one of any value wants to work for them, other teams won't deal with them, and fans leave...Even if you don't start to bleed money, it gets to a point where you do not generate money. At some point as a business man, is it not better to sell the team? Like I said, in another post, I think the team would be worth at least a billion. Sterling and his people might know this better than anything though, because they were putting out losing teams for years with no stars and raking in money. I think it is one thing being a well to do slum lord billionaire, but it is another thing when you face 29 other billionaire / groups that want you gone.
Now the flip side to all of this, I wonder if Sterling was to just disappear until next year if enough would take place or some new controversy would make enough people "forget" this incident or intentionally remove it from their memory.
its even more blatant than the first one. The conversation continues ......In Isreal the Black Jews Are Treated Like Dogs. Black Jews Are Less Than White Jews....She says do you think the Black Jews are less than the White Jews...he says Yes definitely 100% ...150%......Then he goes on to say exactly....Do not bring black people to my games...
No ones heard from Donald Sterling yet. If i was PR for him i would say this...
First, i would like to give a huge apology to my coach and players who make this team possible. I couldnt have hurt you more and im sorry. Also, i sincerely apologize to the fans who give us undying support for even longer than ive owned the team. You didnt deserve to hear what i said and want to make it up to you. Also, to all the people ive hurt especially to my fellow af/am in the nba profession and to all who heard my conversation and were offended. I am deeply sorry. My conversation was damaging and hurt so many. I have lived my life feeling uncomfortable around other races (for reasons i dont even know) (from childhood experience) or other reason... I have let my actions in the past and currently affect my relationships with the af/am community and individuals in negative ways and wish to reverse this going forward. Counseling and community service would def. help me repair and rebuild relationships that i have severely damaged. I wish to take my suspension and begin to do what i promise here today....
This is reasonable to make ammends for a private conversation held between him and his gf (a gf who shouldnt even be there in the first place being married) The conversation was never meant to be heard but was just as damaging anyways. So a public apology for an injurious conversation should be recomended as long as all the followup from the apology for the fans, players, and community can be given and received.
It's interesting to see the owners fight over what to do. One said the NBA could make all players free agents. On the other hand, Cuban doesn't want him kicked out because "it's a very, very slippery slope." Cuban says things that upset the league all the time and speaks politics, so he's probably worried about setting a precident and kicking out owners for saying unpopular things.
There's probably a certain amount of litigious fear: how badly can Sterling sue if forced out in some way? If they made all players free agents, it is an obvious way of forcing him out, unless you cla employee diress. It might take a petition from all Clippers players to make that stand up in court. I'm sure they get thaose signatures. If they wanted.
I'd the money, but over the next few weeks, I wouldn't want to be Adam Silver. After that, yes.
Its just so funny to me that people are outraged an openly racist person would make racist comments in a private setting. I'm sure there are players in the NBA who make homophobic comments in private settings.
I'm not condoning Sterling's actions, I'm just legitimately surprised at how people seem to act like this is Earth shattering news. This guy has always sucked, and the league never did anything about it.
I do think the owners could pressure him out of the league. This is awful PR for the league, and it will mess up business if players on the Clippers don't want to play for the team next year as long as he's there. And in regards to the comment about him issuing an apology and such, I think if this was a Riley Cooper situation (where we had never heard anything bad about the guy before) I can totally relate to that. But this is Donald Sterling. If he were to agree to an apology, it would not seen genuine and probably wouldn't make that many of the players satisfied.
They have to figure out how to get Sterling out of the league. Or else this will continue to spiral for the Clippers organization, and could eventually harm the league as a whole.
Also, the Bucks just went for $525 million. Sterling could probably sell for close to a billion dollars. I'm not sure he can't be convinced to do so.