Freedom of speech, not freedom of consequence

Published: Thursday, May. 1, 2014 - 2:05 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, May. 3, 2014 - 7:16 am

Re "Clippers owner banned for life" (Page A1, April 30): Freedom of speech means you can say whatever you want, when you want.

The problem that many seem to think is that their freedom of speech means you are free to say whatever they like. That's true, but it doesn't mean you are free from consequences of what you say.

So when someone says that Donald Sterling's rights have been revoked, that is a lie. He got to say what he wanted, but no one wanted to listen to it and now he has to pay for what he did.

I agree Sterling should be punished for his actions. I think it's about time people should be held accountable for what they say. It can come down to "If you don't have something nice to say, then don't say anything at all."

-- Tristan Christ, Sacramento

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