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TMZ has released an audio recording where a voice identified as Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers, is making highly offensive remarks about African-Americans to his then-girlfriend V. Larry Andersen Jersey . Stiviano. The Comments He are some of the comments attributed to Sterling on the recording: - "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that youre associating with black people. Do you have to?" - "You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games." - "Im just saying, in your lousy (expletive) Instagram, you dont have to have yourself with, walking with black people." - "...Dont put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And dont bring him to my games." League Responds NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has expressed profound disappointment over the comments and has urged the public to allow for due process to run its course before any action is taken. "All members of the NBA family should be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present their side of any controversy," Mr. Silver said, "which is why Im not yet prepared to discuss any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling. We will, however, move extraordinarily quickly in our investigation." The Clippers have declared that these comments do not reflect the views of Sterling and that they are looking into the issue. The public was also reminded that the source of the recording, Stiviano, is being sued by Sterlings wife for embezzling $1.8 million in the form of cash, cars and other items from the Clippers owner, thereby suggesting that the veracity of the recording should be questioned. Investigation The first step for the NBA is authenticating the recording. That means confirming that the voice on the recording is that of Sterling and that the recording was not doctored. Sterling may admit that the voice is his, but allege that his ex-girlfriend doctored the tape as payback for being sued by the Clippers owner. Authenticating the recording may not be an easy process. The NBA will need to get Stiviano to agree to be interviewed (likely under oath), which she may decline. If she refuses to talk to the league, there is little it can do to force her since the NBA does not have subpoena power (or an ability to force Stiviano to submit to an interview). The NBA could also hire an expert to review the recording to assess the likelihood that it has been tampered with and whether the voice is that of Sterling. The NBA is being criticized for not suspending Sterling pending the outcome of the investigation. While the sentiment is understandable, the NBA is bang on here. It is important to observe the principles of fundamental justice, which include that justice be administered fairly. A person is entitled to a fair shake even in the face of despicable comments. The NBA is proceeding with its investigation expeditiously and is aiming to have it done in a "few days". Until then, it is important, if not critical, that the process be respected. Fines, Suspensions and Sale of Team Some people around the league want Sterling gone permanently given his a history of being racially insensitive. In 2009, Sterling was sued for discriminatory housing practices after being accused of seeking to drive African-Americans and Latinos from his apartment buildings. The billionaire settled the lawsuit by paying $2.725 million. He was also sued by his former GM Elgin Baylor, who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit that included allegations of racism. In part, Baylor alleged that Sterling rejected a coach because he was African-American. While some want Sterling gone, the NBA is unlikely to force Sterling to sell the team. If the league tried, they would likely be sued by Sterling, who in part, would allege that the league is violating antitrust laws. If successful, such a lawsuit could get Sterling a massive payout. A more likely scenario is a long suspension. And there is a precedent for that: former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott. In December 1992, Schott was quoted in the New York Times as saying that her use of the N-word was a joke after referring to Eric Davis and Dave Parker as her "million-dollar n------". In that same interview, she made favourable comments about Adolf Hitler. As a result, MLB suspended Schott for one year. In 1996, she was suspended for another two years after more racially insensitive comments. In 1998, with her health failing, she agreed to sell the team. Apart from a suspension, we could also see a substantial fine. Ultimately, a fine of $1 million to $5 million would not be surprise. If authenticated, the comments are of course completely unacceptable, highly offensive and frankly disturbing. As well, according to a recent report, African-Americans comprise 76 per cent of all NBA players, while 81 per cent of players are of colour. So the NBA knows one thing: it has to get this right. And that may mean a long suspension and hefty fine. Expulsion, however, doesnt seem likely given the legal challenges. Philadelphia Phillies Jersey .com) - Devin Booker scored 19 points and top-ranked Kentucky put on a defensive clinic in an 83-44 obliteration of UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic. Greg Luzinski Jersey . As the land which invented modern day Association Football and with that ticket to Rio on the line, it seemed Prince Harry included, the entire nations focus was entirely fixated on a sold out Wembley Stadium in North London Tuesday evening.Remember when England/Germany meant something?  Two rivals, on and off the field, the fixture has always brought a certain cache.  The history.  The footballing pedigree.  Some of the biggest names the game has ever seen.  The match has always been a statement of intent, with bragging rights on the line between nations no stranger to hostility.  The two nations domestic leagues are arguably the most entertaining and watchable in the world.  Yet, the quality and play of the national teams are polar opposites.  Even now, an England-Germany fixture sizzles on the surface.  Until the teams hit the field. A match buried amidst European World Cup qualification playoffs saw a German B team handily beat Englands first team 1-0 Tuesday.  The loss was Englands second of the International break and marked the first back-to-back home defeats for the Three Lions dating back to 1977.  A friendly is a friendly.  You take what you see with a grain of salt, but that doesnt mean true class cant shine through.  The way a team plays trumps the scoreline in such a contest.  Take for example Brazils 2-1 win over Chile at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Tuesday night.  It was a purposeful victory from a team with true ambition.  Quality oozed from every move.  Luiz Felipe Scolari and his side treated the game as much more than merely a spectacle, this was preparation to contend in 2014.  The term "business like" wouldnt do the team justice, no matter who is wearing yellow, each player filled a role and the talent shone through within the context of team-first.  The ball movement superior, the team effort near complete. England meanwhile was blas√©, failing to threaten throughout.  Sound familiar? An England team lacking cutting edge and precision, weve seen it all before.  This isnt to compare England and Brazil.  Perhaps its somewhat relevant considering England is a spot better, ranked 10th in FIFAs World rankings.  Its perception versus reality; England is simply and thoroughly mediocre.  Manager Roy Hodgson pointed to Englands inferior passing and finishing as the difference in the loss.  Hes absolutely right.  The lack of quality in these areas has plagued the team for decades.  And even when the team had a finisher like an Alan Shearer, they were missing consistent build-up play and team identity.  Nothing has changed in 2013.  Remember, this was wasnt Germanys first team were talking about and still, England was out-classed.  At home. As tweeted by Rob Harris (@RobHarris) of the Associated Press:"Im going to be an optimist about this" - the tune rings out in Wembley after Englands first consecutive home loss in 36 years. The upbeat lyrics from the track Pompeii by Bastille were preferred to the bands other hit song Flaws.  There is very little to be optimistic for England supporters heading into Brazil.  Unless the December 6th World Cup draw renders a group with Switzerland, Iran and Algeria, England will be in tough to progress.  Even if they do advance, then what?  Its plain to see this team is as second rate as other England out-fits dating back to 1990.  The team was booed off the field after the final whistle from the remaining beleaguered voices at Wembley. They know this team isnt good enough and if it wasnt for an inferior qualifying group, England could very well have been taking part in a playoff match Tuesday, or even worse. Its the same song and dance for the national team. p; The domestic league thrives while the supposed best of the best cant get out of first gear internationally. Richie Ashburn Jersey.   These are the same players that thrive in the most competitive domestically league in the world.  The England side boasts one of the joint top goal scorers in the Premier League and two of the joint top assist-men.  These are important players for the biggest clubs in England.  Yet when they come together for country, the result falls short of club form.  Its nonsensical when pundits suggest the downfall in the development of English players is due to too many foreign players in the Premier League.  This excuse needs to stop.  The jobs of top English players arent being threatened by a foreign legion.  Thats an excuse saved for those not good enough.  Top English players star, and play alongside top foreign recruits in the BPL. 15 players active in Tuesdays European World Cup playoffs ply their trade in the Premier League.  Six Brazilians taking centre stage at the Rogers Centre belong to Premier League teams as well. Ive always been of the mindset you become a better player by playing with the best competition possible.  In training and in games, you need to be pushed.  These foreign players bring the best out of their English brethren and it cant be said foreign Premier League players regularly outshine their English teammates in league play.  But internationally, theres no comparison.  Blame Englands system and formation instead. A basic 4-4-2 is constantly mindlessly rolled out, no matter the manager.  Its predictable, boring, and doesnt suit the strengths of the players.  Englands top player Wayne Rooney is misused and significant talent available is wasted.  Without a generational type player like Cristiano Ronaldo, its about putting players in roles they can thrive.  This boils down to identity.  A national footballing identity for England is absent. What is trademark of England football?  It used to be the unattractive long-ball, which fit the size and strength of the players of previous generations.  This current generation is lost, there is no continuity.  Coaching is part of this.  Englands shortage of top qualified coaches, 1,161 elite coaches in comparison to Spains 12,700 or Germanys 5,500 speaks volumes.  They simply dont know how to get the best out of what they have. Ill give Hodgson some credit: although the style remains as dry as the Sahara and unimaginative as ever, younger players are getting a look.  Case and point is the bright play of Andros Townsend, but hes still relatively unproven and far from a difference maker.  There was too much reliance in the past on the old guard.  No longer are John Terry and Frank Lampard among others the key cogs and thats a good thing.  Only Steven Gerrard remains.  Although Gerrards club form warrants consideration, the Captain doesnt provide the same product for the national team, he never has. So here we are.  Just over six months out from the World Cup, and the bar has lowered for England.  It perhaps has not been lowered for the English media.  And perhaps expectations remain sky-high for those choosing to ignore the inevitable.  The realist looks beyond who plays for England, instead acknowledging the what and how is not good enough.  The bar need be lowered.  This international break has done just that.  Now if we can just keep this in mind come June.  @WheelerTSNgareth.wheeler@bellmedia.ca Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ChinaWholesale Jerseys ' ' '
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