FISHER: Sterling and the NBA: Is racism a cause for seizing property?

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WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 — Are my private conversations really private?

Do people have the right to tape you, take pictures of you at private moments and submit them to gain a financial advantage without your consent?

Enter LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling’s private talk, which is being used to extort a sale of his team by the NBA neglecting that he paid for that team with his own money. The US Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of association and protections of personal property.

As Mark Cuban, owner of the  Dallas Mavericks so aptly noted, all seem to have been violated  in the case of Donald Sterling who has the right to be a moron.

It strikes me that professional athletes often fit the description of slaves on a plantation, engaging in games for the attention of their masters/owners and audience, only here they are well paid and often over paid for playing a game.

When you listen in on their trash talk or the rap lyrics so laden with ethnic insults and debasements of human character, the difference between this and some of the mindless insulting humor of Tyler Perry’s characters based on color, body size and stupidity borders on much the same. The lines of distinction between this and Sterling’s conversations are becoming more and more blurred.

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One can only wonder what Sterling’s reported girlfriend has going on in her head if she stayed with this man knowing of his expressed feelings to part of her ethnicity.

I often see what seems to be reverse racism in the lack of investment athletes make in our communities; thinking that it’s okay to have babies out of wedlock setting a standard promoting fatherless kids among youngsters without their resources; assaults on women and calling us out of our names; complicity with murders against those folks who look like us; and failure to take personal responsibility because society has made them children of a lesser god.

I would hate to be “on” all the time and having to watch every word and step I take. I would hope that my words didn’t hurt unintentionally but by the same token, I reserve the right to express my frustration verbally without monitor and often without filters.

Sterling’s reported words on tape are no worse than I’ve heard hanging on the corners of life. His disdain for African Americans didn’t use the N—– word which we often use with impunity among ourselves.

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Reportedly Steven Jobs had a brusk side. Could we take his company, Apple, or that of a Gates because they said something fundamentally wrong/off color which was in a private conversation not meant for public consumption?

To give the NBA or anyone else control of public and private conduct without due process seems a fundamental violation of the U.S. Constitution.

This nation should not have a differentiated legal standard based on the BenjaminsWe should not take what people have built on their own or invested in such as a GM to satisfy some perceived injustice via redistributing wealth or saving companies from market forces.

Forcing Sterlng as an NBC owner to sale this team would see his fortunes rise from a $12 million purchase costs to close to a billion dollars in present day market value.

If the owner of the Clippers is so vile, let the market forces determine Mr. Sterling’s fate as happened with F. W. Woolworth where boycotts were enacted undermining its markets.

As for his taste in women, there is no fool like an old fool.

Ones rights under the US Constitution must be protected if this democratic republic is to be preserved.

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