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If I had 2 Billion dollars & was an NBA owner..... (vanity)
Me | 05-01-2014 | self

Posted on 05/01/2014 11:47:32 AM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles

....and they were trying to take my team away I would hire 29 teams of private dicks and investigate each of my fellow 29 owners to see if they have any skeletons in their past. Then I would have my team of lawyers depose them and their close associates.

I would start with the NBA commissioner, then Magic Johnson and then my fellow 29 owners.


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1 posted on 05/01/2014 11:47:32 AM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

I have a feeling that the pre-trial discovery process would reveal quite a bit.

And, consider how many professional athletes, including NBA stars, have been in trouble with the law in one way or another. Yet none of these players ever seem to face any sanctions. Yet we see an owner who says outrageous things privately, and gets banned.

How many NBA players use the N word for example? If we’re going to go there, I suspect that not only some owners, but most players, would have to be banned.

The NBA commissioner has set a strong precedent here, that anyone who says anything, even privately, which is judged to be hate speech, will be banned for life from the NBA. I wonder if this new standard will be applied across the board.


2 posted on 05/01/2014 11:51:05 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

I’ve heard that Sterling is difficult to deal with and get along with. And that he’s a hard nosed guy who is used to getting his own way. I’ve heard that he does not want to sell the team, in spite of his suspension.

I’ve also heard that the team is actually owned by the Sterling Trust, which in turn is controlled by him, his estranged wife, and children. A legal process to force a sale of the team will have to involve these other people in the trust, not just Sterling.

I think the lawyers are going to have a lot to deal with, if Sterling resists a forced sale.


3 posted on 05/01/2014 11:53:27 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: ReaganÜberAlles
Magic Johnson is Teflon.

He's black and is HIV+.

Because of his HIV, libs and gays will rally BEHIND...him. The fact that he has gone so long with HIV, without it going to full blown AIDS, gives hope to others to continue in there lifestyles without consequence.

4 posted on 05/01/2014 11:54:14 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

He ain’t goin’ down without a fight. A lot of personal AND Constitutional issues in play here.


5 posted on 05/01/2014 11:57:59 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“I’ve heard that Sterling is difficult to deal with and get along with. And that he’s a hard nosed guy who is used to getting his own way.”

Can you name an easy-going billionaire that doesn’t often get his own way?


6 posted on 05/01/2014 11:58:18 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: ReaganÜberAlles
Remeber "the only way he could lose the election were if he were found in bed with a live boy or a dead girl?"

Ever since Ted Kennedy, that hasn't been true for lefties.

7 posted on 05/01/2014 11:58:32 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
the NBA has set a strong precedent here...

Yesterday I was speculating, wondering if these billionaires who buy NBA teams as their expensive toys will want to stay around. I wonder if new billionaires from corporate success will want to take the risk.

These guys didn't get their billions by being dumb. Why risk the negative publicity if someone wants to stage a coup for their team?

I'd speculate that awhile down the road, probably at least a decade, the NBA won't be much of a major sport. Already, people prefer "March Madness" to NBA playoffs as a sport to follow.

8 posted on 05/01/2014 12:01:11 PM PDT by grania
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

If I had $2 billion, I sure would NOT own an NBA team.


9 posted on 05/01/2014 12:06:41 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

The P/Is could mine all the social media for comments by NBA players and their friends, associates, and fans. They could start conducting criminal background investigations and Sterling’s layers could ask why these people are also not getting lifetime bans. Sterling could make this so painful that his little girlfriend and those who are eager to buy the team will regret that this ever came up.


10 posted on 05/01/2014 12:08:52 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

I would burn the team to the ground for spite and retire to my own island.


11 posted on 05/01/2014 12:09:06 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The NFL decided to back off punishing players for using the “N” word. And why was that? Maybe because the majority of players who would be punished for using the “N” just might be black? Who knew? One would suspect that the NBA won’t punish players who use the “N” word for the same reason.


12 posted on 05/01/2014 12:12:28 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

Ever since the NBA announced this debacle I have been wondering what would happen if all non-blacks were to ‘boycott’ all NBA games. Would not the NBA fold in a heartbeat? I do believe that the NBA is now on thin ice and chopping holes into which they are sure that they will fall.


13 posted on 05/01/2014 12:13:01 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: Enterprise

Does anyone else feel that this Sterling case boils down to political correctness on steroids?????


14 posted on 05/01/2014 12:15:11 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

I’ve heard that a number of NBA teams are in financial trouble. It’s mostly due to the high salaries paid to these players nowadays.

I don’t know how many white fans vs. black fans vs. other ethnicity fans go to NBA games. But I suspect that if white fans decided to boycott NBA games in big numbers, cancel season tickets, etc. that it could be enough to tip the balance into bankruptcy for some NBA teams.


15 posted on 05/01/2014 12:17:31 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I suspect it is about a girlfriend’s revenge, and people who are backing her hoping to buy an NBA team cheap. IOW - MONEY!


16 posted on 05/01/2014 12:17:33 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

If white fans boycotted the NBA, it would have to merge with the WNBA.


17 posted on 05/01/2014 12:18:52 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Enterprise

I wish the media would dig into the background of this alleged girlfriend.

1. where did she come from?
2. why did she legally change her name?
3. who is paying her bills?
4. what does she do for a living?
5. what is her relationship to Sterling?
6. What is her relationship to Magic Johnson?
7. Why was she making tapes in the first place?
8. If, as she says, she didn’t leak the tapes to TMZ, who else knew about the tapes?
9. Were these tapes made legally, or did she violate laws regarding taping private conversations?

This is just off the top of my head, questions which I have, which the media are not delving into. They dug more into Joe the Plumber after his encounter with Obama than they have gone after this girl.


18 posted on 05/01/2014 12:20:40 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

If I had 2 Billion dollars...I’d be rich.


19 posted on 05/01/2014 12:22:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I get your point. Billionaires tend to be hard nosed businessmen, who got to be billionaires due to being hard nosed in the business world.


20 posted on 05/01/2014 12:23:50 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The media probably won’t ask those questions. However, she will have to answer a lot of them during depositions. She won’t like it and there’s nothing she can do about it. Smart people should start backing away from her about now.


21 posted on 05/01/2014 12:23:52 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

I like the idea, BUT if one is a progressive and a billionaire there is a screw loose.

While his fellow progressives nail him to the wall he may be still thinking the same as they.


22 posted on 05/01/2014 12:25:13 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: Enterprise

Yep, she could find herself in legal hot water.

If, what I suspect is true, that Sterling and maybe others are “sugar daddies” for her, she may have to find a new one.

Or maybe she will have to get an honest job and work for a living. What a concept.


23 posted on 05/01/2014 12:26:07 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

I would have my doctor write me an excuse because of the medications I am on


24 posted on 05/01/2014 12:29:25 PM PDT by winodog
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I think her sugar daddy hunting days are over. She is going to have to settle for much less now.


25 posted on 05/01/2014 12:29:39 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Yeah, I can....but won’t.


26 posted on 05/01/2014 12:30:39 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

... I wouldn’t have a side girlfriend, and if I had any non-PC thoughts running in my head I’d keep them there. I also wouldn’t have spent the last 30 years deliberately putting a bad team on the court.


27 posted on 05/01/2014 12:32:02 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: grania

You know this how?


28 posted on 05/01/2014 12:32:43 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Enterprise

Yep I think you are right.

After all that has happened, if you are a man with a desire to have a female companion in such an arrangement, would you really want her?

I think she might have to get a real job.

I also think that this may have been an attempt at extortion or blackmail. And when the attempt failed, the tapes got leaked to TMZ to try to destroy Sterling.

I wish the media would start digging into that angle of things, as to why she was making tapes, who else knew about the tapes, and who would benefit if those tapes ever became public.


29 posted on 05/01/2014 12:33:16 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Enterprise

Actually they realized they already had an unsportsmanlike conduct rule and didn’t really need a second one for one word.


30 posted on 05/01/2014 12:35:17 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

Just wondering if they actually can prevent this ‘Sterling Trust’ from selling tickets to an NBA game to an individual. I cannot see it standing anywhere.

They have opened a can of worms of course, but maybe they really just want to get these Playoffs over.


31 posted on 05/01/2014 12:37:10 PM PDT by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: Osage Orange

I used the word “speculate” twice and “I wonder” twice. These are my opinions.


32 posted on 05/01/2014 12:37:33 PM PDT by grania
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I’d like to see Silver investigated. His power trip could cause more damage to the NBA than Sterling’s mouth. The man doesn’t have much of a history on the internet. I’m wondering if we’re seeing a bathhouse Adam getting warmed up for some real action.

The man was over the top giddy about the NBA player coming put of the closet.


33 posted on 05/01/2014 12:37:38 PM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: discostu

I think you’re right.


34 posted on 05/01/2014 12:41:55 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: meatloaf

I wonder if Silver wanted to show how tough he is, by imposing such a strong penalty. He’s relatively new in the job, even though he was a top assistant to Stern for many years.

I wonder if Silver feared the reaction, if he didn’t impose such strong penalties. The way political correctness works, and the way the media and liberals interpret things, a lighter penalty would have been perceived as an endorsement of Sterling’s comments.

Of course, discerning people such as you and I know that’s not the case, but if Silver had given Sterling a slap on the wrist penalty, you know that there would have howls of protest about racism and how racism needs to be punished and all that.


35 posted on 05/01/2014 12:46:52 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

I’d at least patronize a better class of prostitutes.


36 posted on 05/01/2014 12:48:52 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

If I was Sterling I would just bug the locker rooms and record the voices of the players and visiting players as well as the referees.


37 posted on 05/01/2014 12:59:33 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: grania
Here's what I should have noted....

Already, people prefer "March Madness" to NBA playoffs as a sport to follow.

Just not sure that's fact....although you may be right. I'm in OK...and the Thunder are a hot topic...

That said....I'm more attentive to OU and OSU B-Ball.

38 posted on 05/01/2014 12:59:36 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles
....and they were trying to take my team away I would hire 29 teams of private dicks and investigate each of my fellow 29 owners to see if they have any skeletons in their past. Then I would have my team of lawyers depose them and their close associates.

Trust me. Sterling already knows where the bodies are buried:

Sterling has owned the Clippers for 33 years, which suggests that he has had many interactions -- including private conversations with league officials and owners. If there are other owners who are racist or bigoted, it stands to reason Sterling knows who they are.

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nba/news/20140429/donald-sterling-nba-adam-silver-clippers-lawsuit-lifetime-ban/#ixzz30Uosz2Wb

39 posted on 05/01/2014 1:02:12 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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If Sterling is rational, he should realize by now, that he made a major mistake in contributing to Leftwing candidates, in the past--if the reports are true that he did;--and will further realize that the Leftist media, which went on a feeding frenzy to violate his privacy in order to intimidate others from ever daring to make "politically incorrect" statements to anyone, is bent on making sure that Americans have no more personal freedom than the Russians had under Stalin, or the Germans under Hitler.

With those realizations under his belt, he will seek to pay back the real enemy; which are not those other owners, and not even the strutting NBA Commissioner, but those propagandists in the media, who would be America's Berea or Himmler. Sterling could certain afford a few millions to put the spotlight of truth on those who really deserve it.

William Flax

40 posted on 05/01/2014 1:14:41 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

Sterling and Silver...strange pairing of names.


41 posted on 05/01/2014 1:14:50 PM PDT by JeanLM (Obama proves melanin is just enough to win elections)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

This is not going to end well for the NBA. I think Sterling is a major asshole but one that is not into giving up. This is going to drag on for years.


42 posted on 05/01/2014 1:17:40 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

To be blunt, Silver pegs my GAYDAR. I have no idea why, but something about him and his history seems off. I think a bunch of the owners know for sure. While he may have done a great job under Stern, he’s not a man you want as THE executive. The Silver vs. Sterling episode has all the hallmarks of a train wreck.

IMO, Sterling should have been fined a million dollars and banned for a significant period of time. Going after the franchise was a mistake. Silver has exposed the NBA to a huge amount of risk. At his age Sterling doesn’t have anything to lose. The fact he diddled the DOJ for as long as he did and got off with the payment of a few million says a lot about the man.

My guess is he’s going to mop the floor with Silver and the NBA after all is said and done. I have no patience with PC BS. I wish Sterling all the luck in the world.


43 posted on 05/01/2014 1:17:59 PM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: JeanLM

Actually his real name is Donald Tokowitz. I’m going to start refering to this douche bag as Tokowitz.


44 posted on 05/01/2014 1:20:25 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

I would also suggest you be careful when selecting your bimbos. You never know when one might be taping you.


45 posted on 05/01/2014 1:20:39 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

Investigate the players just from the Clippers team. Here are some from other teams.

8 Things That Won’t Get You Banned by the NBA
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2014/04/29/8-Things-That-Wont-Get-You-Banned-by-the-NBA


46 posted on 05/01/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Does anyone else feel that this Sterling case boils down to political correctness on steroids?????

Yeah. But when lack of political correctness causes advertisers to walk away and players to talk about boycotting then suddenly everyone is PC.

About the only thing you can say about Stirling is he's stuck to his guns. Bundy says something stupid and then spends the next couple of days compounding his mistake with "what I really meant was" interviews. Sterling says something stupid and he doesn't deny it or modify it or try to explain it away. You have to admire him for that, at least a little.

47 posted on 05/01/2014 1:25:49 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Responsibility2nd
If there are other owners who are racist or bigoted...

If?

48 posted on 05/01/2014 1:27:19 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Ohioan
 If Sterling is rational, he should realize by now, that he made a major mistake in contributing to Leftwing candidates

I don't know... There were very good reasons Tokowitz WAS throwing money at letfwing causes. For one, he was court ordered to. As a result of his losing discrimination lawsuits.

Second, he was a willing tool of the shakedown artists like Al and Jesse. He gave black organizations mucho dinero and they overlooked his bigotry. Hell the NAACP was just about to award him his SECOND Lifetime Acheivement Award when his whore leaked those tapes.

Tokowitz reminds me of Sandusky. EVERYONE in collegiate football knew Jerry was boinking boys - just like in his own circle everyone knew Tokowitz was a bigot. But TSHTF and now its all over.

49 posted on 05/01/2014 1:34:14 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: DoodleDawg

Yeah. No if about it.

Jay Z is a part owner of the Brooklyn Nets. His black racist bigotry makes Sterling look like a choir boy.


50 posted on 05/01/2014 1:39:38 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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