You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is no prince. His recent comments are reprehensible and moronic. But is being a moron grounds for losing your livelihood?
Before you jump on the “Atta Boy, Adam Silver” band wagon, consider some questions posed by Allen West on the topic.
“There can be no debate that the words of Mr. Sterling were reprehensible and disgusting. But how and why did these words come to light now, when his points of view were apparently well-known for many years?
It seems his “girlfriend,” Ms. Stiviano, decided to tape a private conversation between the two. Apparently, Ms. Stiviano had recently been sued by the estranged wife of Mr. Sterling, so there is some potential nefarious motive involved. Furthermore, the taping of a conversation without consent of the other party is illegal under California statute. There is some question as to whether he knew he was being recorded. Let’s assume for the moment he didn’t.
The national outrage against Mr. Sterling has come from an act that could be illegal and inadmissible in a court of law. Nevertheless, the court of public opinion has tried and convicted Mr. Sterling of being a jerk.
But have we come to a point in America where being a jerk is grounds for confiscation of a private property?
Allen West’s post continues here.
Ben Shapiro furthers the point:
Good riddance to Sterling. But let’s understand that ginning up the mob based on private feelings is a dangerous business. We now live in a world in which racial feelings are more important than racist acts (as Sterling’s housing discrimination non-ban shows), and in which bad thought trumps bad action.
- Did Sterling’s personal views effect the way he ran the Clippers or treated players?
- Does “free speech” apply to morons? If not, who decides what a “moron” is, and on what criteria?
- Anyone heard Lefty hate-mongerer Bill Mahrer lately? Jeremiah Wright? Al Sharpton? Why do they get a pass while Sterling gets pummeled?
- What if someone decides your belief in a divine being, attending a GOP gala, donating to a conservative PAC, quoting Shakespeare or pouring a bottle of Merlot with dinner are “controversial” – and your business is forfeit as a result?
- Where’s the outrage over Obama’s ineptitude, failed policies, serial lying and “If you like your plan, you can keep…”?
No one’s shedding any crocodile tears over Mr. Sterling’s lifetime ban. But is he, as West asks, “guilty of a crime that demands his property be confiscated?”
Once we start down that slippery slope of “bad thought” trumping “bad action,” where does it stop? If someone can get “banned for life” and be “forced to sell” his/her business on the basis of their “opinions” – not activity, but thought -who’s next? And who decides?
Hello, Winston Smith?
Related article: 8 Things That Won’t Get You Banned by the NBA by Ben Shapiro
Another version of this post was also published on BuzzPo.