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Donald Sterling responds to NBA, June 3 hearing still on

Published: Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 1:27 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Sterling and the NBA are headed toward a hearing that will determine if he remains owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Unless Shelly Sterling finds a buyer for the team first.

The Sterlings were part combative, part cooperative Tuesday, with Donald Sterling fighting to keep his team even as his estranged wife said he had authorized her to sell it.

He didn't seem willing to give it up — at least not without a fight — in his passionate response to the league's attempt to oust him.

"We do not believe a court in the United States of America will enforce the draconian penalties imposed on Mr. Sterling in these circumstances, and indeed, we believe that preservation of Mr. Sterling's constitutional rights requires that these sham proceedings be terminated in Mr. Sterling's favor," the response said.

Sterling's response to the league's charge that he damaged it and its merchandising partners with his racist comments was delivered before Tuesday's deadline.

He argued that there is no basis for stripping him of his team because his statements were illegally recorded "during an inflamed lovers' quarrel in which he was clearly distraught."

According to the response, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Sterling says V. Stiviano recorded him without his knowledge and thus the recording was illegal under California law. He also said he could not have "willfully" damaged the league because he did not know it would be made public.

"A jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules," Sterling said in the document, which was first reported by USA Today.


1billdog1(5778 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

A bigot is a bigot whether recorded or not. The recording just shows his true character. Personal conversations are not illegal without knowledge unless it is over the phone. In that case you must tell the other individual you are recording. This has already been established.

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2Superstar7(122 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Sterling's argument is valid & sound.
Additionally, his (illegally recorded) voiced concern was not based upon "racist" beliefs.
Mr. Sterling was logically concerned that his friend's association with "Magic" Johnson likely may increase Mr. Sterling's opportunity for contracting HIV.

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3handymandave(578 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Billdog you better go back study the law some more. Unless the other party knew they were being recorded it's illegal as it was in Sterling's case.

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4billdog1(5778 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

handymandave, that only applies to telecommunications. You should read the law and allow the legal community, which has already established it was legal, make those decisions. As far as his concerns for contracting HIV, maybe he shouldn't sleep with anybody he can buy.

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5YtownParent(998 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Correct @.billdog1 Mostly, if you are part of the conversation you can legally record it whether you get the other parties explicit consent or not. Only a handful of states, such as California, require all parties be told they are being recorded. As Sterling discusses why he instructed her to record him for prosperity elsewhere on the hours of tapes, it is legal. Otherwise she'd be sitting in jail facing criminal charges.

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6borylie(946 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

billdog, since I don't agree with your thoughts and beliefs, I no longer want you or others that I don't agree with to post here. If you don't comply,I'll boycott the Vindy and encourage others to quit purchasing the Vindy and it's advertisers. Surely you agree that we shouldn't be allowed to offend people (and I'm getting easier to offend) so the sooner we can have someone tell us what we can and can't say or believe, the better.

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7billdog1(5778 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

That's funny.

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