Donald Sterling Continues To Bloviate; Sky Is Still Blue

Donald Sterling ain’t never gonna stop being Donald Sterling, even as those around him try to salvage the wreckage. Though his wife Shelley confirmed she has his authority to sell the Clippers, Sterling himself is still protesting the NBA’s fine by being as bullyish and scuzzy as ever.

Sterling responded to the NBA’s attempt to oust him on Tuesday, arguing that there is no basis for stripping him of his team because his racist statements were illegally recorded “during an inflamed lovers’ quarrel in which he was clearly distraught.”

He’s floated that argument before, but he seems to miss the point that most of us (hopefully!) in the middle of our lovers’ spats, do not resort to creepy bald-faced racism as our go-to response.

Sterling says V. Stiviano recorded him without his knowledge and thus the recording was illegal under California law. He also said he could not have “willfully” damaged the league because he did not know it would be made public.

“A jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules,” Sterling said in the document, which was first reported by USA Today.

We have mixed feels on the whole illegal recording thing. Yes, totes illegal in sunny California because you have to have both parties consent to the recording, and it does not appear that our dear Mr. Sterling did so, but also too nope, because the NBA is not the government prosecuting Sterling for some misdeed and also also too the NBA is not the entity that recorded the conversation. However, we are not California lawyers, so that argument may have more success than we might guess.

The second part is weird at best. Yes, you were popping your mouth off at your girlfriend, and you probably truly deeply did not intend for that to go viral, but the whole argument just seems like a version of saying “what happens in private stays in private.” Under this Sterling logic, the only way you’re on the hook is if you get up in public, yell “I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF THE NBA” and only then commence your racial slurring.

We do have to say we’re in agreement with Sterling on one point, which is that his fine is high in relation to other NBA personnel bad behavior.

The response also notes the disparity between his lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine and previous NBA punishments, including the $100,000 fine levied on Kobe Bryant when he was caught referring to a referee by a homosexual slur, and the 72-game suspension of Ron Artest for punching a fan.

Point taken, except that we solve that issue by agreeing to fine Kobe pretty much all the monies for the slur and suspending Artest for way way longer. Easy!

Sterling also deployed the classic “I Can’t Be A Racist I Have Hired Black People” shield, to which we reply “of course you have, because you run an NBA team you dumb motherfucker.”

Just get this guy gone already. There’s already a supergroup that’s totally ready to buy.

Investment bank Guggenheim Partners and a group headed by billionaire David Geffen plan to submit a joint bid for the Los Angeles Clippers pro-basketball team, according to a person with knowledge of the bidding process.

Geffen’s group includes television icon Oprah Winfrey and Oracle Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison. In 2012, Guggenheim headed a group that included basketball great Magic Johnson and bought the LA Dodgers baseball team for $2.15 billion. Johnson is a part of Geffen’s group as well.

Seriously, an Oprah/Larry Ellison/Magic Johnson/David Geffen team is unstoppable. They can just pelt Sterling with money until they bury him alive, so he might as well get out while he can, and no one will shed a tear at the loss.

[HuffPo/MSN Money]

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  • Monty

    Whoa hold on a sec: what’s this about his statements being made during an inflamed lover’s quarrell, etc? I thought he said previously those racist statements made to his ladyfriend were his version of sexytalk…but the whole deal has become kind of hallucinatory so maybe I just imagined it.

  • $73376667

    which is that his fine is high in relation to other NBA personnel bad behavior

    Comparing fines against owners to fines against employees is apples vs. oranges.

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