Skip to comments.Adam Silver Presidential Draft Movement Suffers First Setback
Posted on 05/02/2014 12:21:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Maureen Dowds most recent column takes President Obama to task for being a wimpy girly-man who fails to lead, unlike a certain decisive NBA commissioner who isnt afraid to lead:
You should take a lesson from Adam Silver, a nerdy technocrat who, in his first big encounter with a crazed tyrant, managed to make the job of N.B.A. commissioner seem much more powerful than that of president of the United States.
Silver took the gutsy move of banning cretinous Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, after many people speculated that there was little the N.B.A. chief could do except cave. But Silver realized that even if Sterling tries to fight him in court (and wins) he will look good because he stood up for what was right.
Yeah why doesnt Obama just call Vladimir Putin into his office and tell him hes banned for life from meddling in Eastern Europe?
Dowds cri de couer aroused the passion of columnist Ron Fournier, whose journalistic mission is to own the magical-thinking leadership beat:
Of course, being a columnist himself, Fournier doesnt have to simply wish he wrote a why-isnt-Barack-Obama-like-Adam-Silver column of his own. He actually wrote one.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports today that Silver initially proposed a much weaker response. Silver initially wanted to levy a suspension and a $1 million fine.
While Silver was exhausted, roiled by the days events and wrong about the maximum fine possibility, his response, and Vecseys Twitter post, seemed to put the Sterling case in line with past transgressions. That was not what Johnson and the players wanted to hear.
When Silver consulted league lawyers on Sunday, he realized the maximum fine was actually $2.5 million. He was also told that under Article 35A of the leagues constitution and bylaws, he had the power to suspend for a definite or indefinite period, which N.B.A. lawyers interpreted as the right to ban Sterling for good.
So Silver initially hedged, then his view evolved as he slowly built a consensus and led from behind. Why cant Obama make decisions more like that?
He made the decision for silver to do that, all the way from Malaysia
I like this version better:
Yeah why doesnt Putin just call Barack Obama into his office and tell him hes banned for life from meddling in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East?
And just where do the proceeds of this 'fine' go?¿
With all the problems Sterling has had in the past with equal housing laws, what did they think he was really like?
But the problem with getting rid of Sterling the way they did, they left themselves open for possible countersuits and a bunch of crusading petty fascists who will leave no stone unturned to turn up more "bigots" to depose. Hopefully, it will be a number of the hypocrites who jumped up and down with joy when Sterling went down.
No kidding, I thought Silver came across as a crazed NAZI propagandist autocrat. Kind of looks like Goebbels too.