Donald Sterling should not be punished

05/07/2014 3:05 PM

05/08/2014 6:48 PM

Re "NBA's quick action helps rescue Clippers' brand" (May 4): Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, violated Donald Sterling's constitutional right to freedom of speech. The media is applauding Silver for suspending Sterling, and the way things are shaping, Sterling will be forced to sell the L.A. Clippers.

This is unconstitutional. Sterling may have made inappropriate comments, but he made them in private and he has the right to his own beliefs. Everyone says regrettable things in private. Sterling said inexcusable things, but they were not meant to be heard by the public.

Regardless of whether it was private of not, he still has the right to say what he wants and hold whatever belief he wants. Furthermore, Sterling did not consent for these tapes that are ruining his life to be released.

It is unlawful for the NBA to force Sterling to relinquish his property because of the comments that he made in private.

-- Troy Zeier, Shingle Springs

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