Category Archives: Basketball

Does Don Sterling’s lifetime ban open ‘Pandora’s Box’ for gay marriage opponents in NBA?

http://twitter.com/#!/mattsuthe/status/461234448957067264

Now that Donald Sterling has been banned from the NBA for life, some tweeters can’t help but wonder: Who’s next? Could anyone in the NBA who holds views deemed offensive — such as favoring traditional marriage — face similar consequences?

http://twitter.com/#!/DrGMLaTulippe/status/461221042858364928

Owners like the Orlando Magic’s Richard DeVos, for example:

http://twitter.com/#!/L2dthird/status/461210568943476736

For the record, DeVos isn’t the only NBA team owner who opposes gay marriage.

http://twitter.com/#!/corystaylor/status/461221773196156928
http://twitter.com/#!/paulzmoyer/status/461209240330592256
http://twitter.com/#!/HendricksonT182/status/461218311402188800
http://twitter.com/#!/PBurris85/status/461240371360854016
http://twitter.com/#!/peteinhou/status/461217838825742336

Indeed. What about players?

http://twitter.com/#!/HouseCracka/status/461224774472335361

Players caught making anti-gay remarks have been fined, but not banned. Could that change down the road?

http://twitter.com/#!/craigreidel/status/461232326249177088

LeBron James: Players don’t want any member of Sterling family owning Clippers

http://twitter.com/#!/theRayTaylor/status/465613275129184256

The NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, and there has been talk that his estranged wife, Shelley, would keep her 50 percent share of the team.

According to Miami Heat star LeBron James, the players don’t want any member of Don Sterling’s family owning the team:

http://twitter.com/#!/AP/status/465612354726936578

The AP quoted James, who spoke after a practice:

“As players, we want what’s right and we don’t feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team,” James said after the Miami Heat practiced for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Brooklyn.

James’ statement sparked a lot of discussion:

http://twitter.com/#!/ArjayWalcher/status/465612639549128704
http://twitter.com/#!/tonybalogna/status/465612719576858624
http://twitter.com/#!/lily112146/status/465613352270823424
http://twitter.com/#!/ArjayWalcher/status/465613611923021824

Would that “rule” work the other way around:

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/465613600145805312

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Full Twitchy coverage of the Donald Sterling controversy here.

Obama greets UConn bball teams with championship redistribution ‘joke’

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/476101630941999105

The UConn Huskies men’s and women’s basketball teams both won NCAA championships earlier this year. Both teams also won the title in 2004. This frequency of victory caused President Obama, who met with players from both teams today, to make a “redistribution of championships” funny:

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/476098239280979969

Or, was it not a joke?

http://twitter.com/#!/dutchindian/status/476098924328271874

Heh. At least it wasn’t “you didn’t build that.”