NBA is within its rights to force Sterling to sell
The letters column has had a couple of Donald Sterling defenders who need to brush up on their Constitution and business knowledge.
The one who said, “I’m not sure his ownership of the L.A. Clippers can actually be taken away from him in our democratic, free-market society,” doesn’t know how franchises work. Sterling bought a team in a bigger business, the NBA. If Sterling behaves in a manner the company believes would be detrimental to its overall business, there is generally a clause that says, “We can take your franchise from you.” Is it fair? Maybe not. But he should have known better. And if he really has dementia, somebody should have done something.
Another said, “You thought that because you lived in a free country, and people died to preserve the right to express your opinion without fear of repression, that you were safe.” The Constitution says the government shall not infringe on freedom of speech. Other people can have whatever opinion they want of you, as long as they don’t violate your rights. Others thinking you’re a jerk is not a violation of your rights.
And as far as the woman half his age recording his conversation and it getting released, there’s no constitutional protection against being stupid.