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What lessons will the NBA learn from the Donald Sterling episode

2014-04-30

Queen’s University professor Geoff Smith is available to comment on Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine from the NBA for his racist remarks. Mr. Sterling still owns the Los Angeles Clippers which could be worth up to $1 billion.

“Donald Sterling has earned his censure,” says Dr. Smith. “The LA Clippers’ owner produced almost near unanimity against him with his racist comments to his girlfriend that became instantly viral. Now, the question is, will he stay or will he go? He should go. But, as with anything, there are issues.  Let us see what kind of staying power the NBA has, and what sort of lessons we might draw from this sordid episode.”

Dr. Smith is a professor emeritus of physical and health education and of history at Queen's. He taught the social and cultural history and the sociology of sport in the United States and Canada.

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