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Money louder than morals

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver announces L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver announces L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league.

Re: Money talks in Sterling fiasco (April 30). Irrespective of their vile and racist content, L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling's privileged utterings do not warrant an extra free throw from everyone.

Where was the NBA before costly sponsorship withdrawals took an immediate toll on network and team (ownership) revenues? Sterling's hateful sentiments had already been well-documented, but until money became the prime mover, moral pronouncements were quietly benched.

This provocative story has it all: sex, money, intrigue, racism, professional athletics, marital acrimony, legal manoeuvring, politics, self-regulated hypocrisy, and surprisingly, a happy ending -- banishment (with the sweet caveat of a potential windfall profit) for the disgraced villain.

From his perch high atop the opponent's backboard, I can hear the late Christopher Hitchens quietly applauding every foul.

 

MARK RASH

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 1, 2014 A12

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