League Misses Healing Opportunity in Banning Sterling
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came down hard on Clippers Owner Donald Sterling, issuing a lifetime ban, and a $2.5 Million fine. Watching this horrible story unfold, I can't help but wonder if there wasn't a solution that might help Sterling become less of an offensive person. I understand that his racist comments violate rules of the NBA, and punishments and fines must be levied.
But a lifetime ban? From a league that until last season was so anti-gay that no homosexual player was comfortable admitting it in that atmosphere? From a league where players listed with Domestic Assault charges or Weapons violations can also be on the League's All-Star team in the same season?
I feel like the league had an opportunity to be, as Silver mentioned, a leading example of tolerance amongst professional sports by censuring Sterling until a battery of psychological treatment and testing had been completed, and then making a final determination. All that happens when you cast out the Wicked Witch, is they go somewhere else to be wicked.