Originally Posted by David in FL
I said it back on page 1 of this thread, and I'll say it again. This is NOT going to end well for the NBA......
And I disagreed with you on page one, and I will again here. The NBA is going to be fine. Had they not done what they did, banning him and attempting to force him out of the league, then I think they'd have been in trouble, considering the player boycotts, and who-knows-what-else that may have followed.
When (IF!!) you turn out to be right, I will glady eat the crow (tastes like chicken, right??) I'm due.
Here's a few excerpts from espn.com article today ...
Sterling's lawyer has informed the NBA that Sterling will not be paying the $2.5 million fine levied against him last month by commissioner Adam Silver, sources confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday night.
That fine was due this week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
In a letter sent on Sterling's behalf, antitrust litigator Max Blecher also threatened to sue the league if Sterling is not afforded due process.
Notice that the info is all directly from his lawyer. Sterling himself is already on the record as saying something about being old and not wanting to waste time and money fighting this. Obviously he is allowed to change his mind, but it's also possible that somebody he is getting help in that arena.
According to the NBA bylaws, Sterling's ownership also could be terminated if he does not pay the fine within 30 days of written notice from the commissioner that he is in default on the payment.
The NBA's constitution, which Sterling signed as controlling owner of the Clippers, gives its board of governors broad latitude in league decisions.
The key to the NBA's authority, attorneys say, is Article 13(d) of the league's constitution. That section says that, whether Sterling intended to or not, an owner cannot "fail or refuse to fulfill" contractual obligations to the NBA "in such a way to affect the Association or its members adversely."
As long as the NBA meticulously follows its own constitution and rules regarding the Clippers sale, it will be difficult for Sterling to find a legal theory that would stand up in court, said Daniel Lazaroff, director of the Sports Law Institute at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
"This is not an antitrust issue. This is not a First Amendment issue," Lazaroff said. "It's a question limited to the interpretation of the NBA constitution and bylaws, and whether those terms are met."
I really don't see how this would end poorly for the NBA. They have everything on their side. The law AND the court of public opinion. Plus, Sterling has always seemed to be about money, so he could certainly try and spend a lot of it and be vindictive or ...
If he is forced out, Sterling still stands to reap a huge financial windfall in a Clippers sale. He bought the team for $12.5 million in 1981, and Forbes magazine recently placed its 2014 value at $575 million, or No. 13 in the NBA. There would be a sizable capital gains tax bill in any sale.
LOL at the cliche "Ah, but the taxes'll kill ya!" comment at the end.
Originally Posted by newtogolf
I agree, sad part is that the media will twist the facts and the delivered message will be he got off because he's rich and white. Nothing regarding Sterling's right to privacy in his home, two party consent laws or the NBA's failure to follow a consistent process or penalty will be discussed.
I think Sterling is a stupid racist, he should be punished but punishment should be based on supportable and legally obtained evidence.
I doubt it, because he's not "getting off" of anything. This isn't a criminal situation, it's a business thing. Also, the other side is a bunch of rich guys, many of whom are probably also white. How could the media say "He won because he's rich and white," if the people who lost were as well?
And, note the quotes above. This isn't about the US law, it's about the NBA constritution and by-laws, so I don't think that "supportable and legally obtained evidence" has anything to do with anything.
P.S. Sorry ... I took too long to post so I ended up basically repeating what @phan52 said.