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Why The NBA Is Taking So Long To Oust Donald Sterling (Discovery might hurt other owners)
Forbes ^ | May 15, 2014 | Roger Groves

Posted on 05/16/2014 1:37:38 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The question raised by NBA’s Stephen A. Smith, Spike Lee, and several NBA players, current and past, is “Why is it taking so long to fire Donald Sterling?” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so strong and strident in his announcement that steps would be taken “immediately” to do just that. There was no ambiguity about whether they were going to fire Sterling for his racist comments against African Americans. It is a done deal. Commissioner Silver surely would not have made such a profound announcement without having consulted the other NBA owners. So why hasn’t the first shoe dropped?

Like an onion, the answer has several smelly layers, and several lawyers. The first shoe is Donald. The second shoe is Shelly, his estranged wife and 50% owner of the family trust that owns the LA Clippers. The NBA is more concerned about the second.

The most important deliberative point I suspect is this: One or both of those shoes may sue the NBA and its owners. I have several legal reasons for why a Sterling suit would ultimately fail, not the least of which is that the controlling owner from the trust was Donald. He is the only one on the governing board, and the removal of him effectively removes the trust. But that does not stop either Sterling from commencing the action, and getting to a stage we call discovery. During discovery, a lot of dirt can be discovered about the other owners.

Donald, himself a lawyer has been litigious in the past. Shelly is lawyered up with tall cotton firms....

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: basketball; communityproperty; divorce; donaldsterling; lawsuits; racism; sports; trusts
Buy some popcorn.
1 posted on 05/16/2014 1:37:38 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Buy some popcorn.

Long live Don Sterling!

Long live V-Dot! (An animal in bed!)

Long may this rhubarb endure!

2 posted on 05/16/2014 1:46:17 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is National Enquirer stuff. Its going to get worse. I’m thinking Silver is a member of the gaystapo and he went with more glee than prudence even with his legal background.


3 posted on 05/16/2014 1:47:35 AM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Did you happen to notice how THE most outspoken owner in the NBA, - Mr. Mark Cuban, suddenly fell silent when all the crap about Sterling broke loose...?
4 posted on 05/16/2014 2:16:54 AM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the NBA is using rules endorsed and enforced by the collective owners of the teams through the NBA, he has the right to discovery to assure that they are not capriciously enforcing ‘rules’ they themselves might be intentionally overlooking.

The guy is a billionaire and I’d imagine that he’s willing to spend a few million to make the NBA pay for their indulgence.


5 posted on 05/16/2014 2:20:19 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The NBA is a stew of thugs, drugs, fornication, and greed. Looking under the carpet might be a bit too uncomfortable.


6 posted on 05/16/2014 2:37:06 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Indeed. Yet allegedly educated people tune in faithfully on the Boob Tube to witness their antics.

So who are the fools?


7 posted on 05/16/2014 2:41:29 AM PDT by abb
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so strong and strident in his announcement that steps would be taken “immediately”...


8 posted on 05/16/2014 3:34:51 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: Cyropaedia

Actually that’s one of the few names I can recall daring to suggest that the NBA is on shaky ground.

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22mark+cuban%22+sterling&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb


9 posted on 05/16/2014 3:38:09 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Billboard in the DFW area:

“Please Lord, let Jerry Jones say something racist on tape.”


10 posted on 05/16/2014 4:03:58 AM PDT by Mrs.Z
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The question raised by NBA’s Stephen A. Smith, Spike Lee, and several NBA players, current and past, is “Why is it taking so long to fire Donald Sterling?”

Ehhh, maybe because you can't fire an owner? You can fire an employee, but if the owner doesn't want to sell, then what?

11 posted on 05/16/2014 4:07:23 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: jiggyboy

Mark Levin also went over it and said the NBA was out of bounds in their choice to force him to sell. They are ignoring their own rules.


12 posted on 05/16/2014 5:13:03 AM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For one thing, the law is on Sterling’s side. Luckily we no longer believe in the rule of law, so the mindless mob may get its way. Or not.


13 posted on 05/16/2014 5:33:30 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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This is a case that has been tried in public and Sterling lost,however as a court case it may be different. First of all the “evidence” is fruit of a poisoned tree, that is it was obtained illegally in the first place. I'm not sure it can be admitted in a court of law. Second, what exactly was so wrong with what he said? Taken out of context it seems damming, but in the context of an old man supplicating his whore to not make a fool of him - not so much.

This will be an awesome court case in any event a real Donnybrook.

14 posted on 05/16/2014 6:02:09 AM PDT by oncebitten (Obama: could not get a clue if he were covered in clue musk and standing in a field of horny clues.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why is it taking so long to fire Donald Sterling?

"Fire him?!" Sterling doesn't work for the NBA ...

15 posted on 05/16/2014 6:06:09 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: meatloaf

The conspiracy claim in and of itself is sound. His mistress starts taping hours of calls and sends pictures of herself with girls flashing gang signs and known black philanders (Magic Johnson). She gets audio of him saying something construed as racist, immediately sends it to TMZ. There is a quick response to divest him of the team, and the guy in the photo that triggered it is the first to say “I’ve got a billion dollars in backing to buy your team”.


16 posted on 05/16/2014 6:09:50 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
During discovery, a lot of dirt can be discovered about the other owners.

Don't limit it to owners. Expand it to include management, staff, coaches and players. I'm sure digging in THAT woodpile will uncover a few other bigots...

17 posted on 05/16/2014 1:09:18 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: USS Alaska
You can fire an employee, but if the owner doesn't want to sell, then what?

Depends on what he had to sign agreeing to in order to be allowed to own a team.

18 posted on 05/16/2014 1:11:11 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They don’t have ‘preferred’ ‘new owners’ lined up for any other teams.

Yet.

Give them time though. Mark Cuban might be the next one. They’ve probably got the NSA reviewing his comms to find anything questionable.


19 posted on 05/16/2014 1:13:04 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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Because none of those guys really wants to set the precedent of the Association being able to take their teams away just because they offended somebody.
20 posted on 05/16/2014 1:23:39 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: jiggyboy
That was after he was quiet for the first couple of days.

I think those remarks were him preemptively trying to protect himself. Lord knows, he's probably lived a life that would make Charlie Sheen's look tame. How many women have dirt on him?

21 posted on 05/16/2014 5:20:10 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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