This has been the biggest news story since the tapes came out last weekend, and with this decision it will continue to be the biggest story for at least the next few days.
Regardless of where you stand on this whole thing, this was basically the only choice the Commish had right?
Forget the fact that the tape is totally illegal, both parties have to consent to being recorded in California, this was a huge black eye on the league, and the commish had to make an example.
This also gave him the chance to be his own man, and get out of the shadow of David Stern. Guy has been on the job for what like 3 months? After today there will be as many mentions of his name as there is anything else.
Im not going to sit here and say whether it was the right or wrong thing to do, thats not for me to decide, but believe me I aint feeling bad for old man Sterling. He is banned for life, but that doesnt mean he has to sell the team, and if they can actually force him to, which would take at least 75% of the other owners voting for it, then the team he bought for like $12 million back in 1981 is now close to being worth $1 Billion. Tough to feel sorry for that kind of return.
PS – before all the 1st amendment people start coming out, just stop. Yes he absolutely has the right to say whatever he wants in the privacy of his own home. However the NBA as an organization has the right to do exactly what they did.