Does Don Sterling’s lifetime ban open ‘Pandora’s Box’ for gay marriage opponents in NBA?
@TravelinTweeter Next they will ban someone for saying he doesn't like the NBA Commisioner, or that they don't approve of gay marriage.
— Matt Sutherland (@mattsuthe) April 29, 2014
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?
Several NBA owners have come out publicly against gay marriage. Should they be forced to sell their teams now?
— Geoff LaTulippe (@DrGMLaTulippe) April 29, 2014
Owners like the Orlando Magic’s Richard DeVos, for example:
@HeartOfAChef If Sterling can be forced to sell his NBA team for his views on black people, why not Devos because he is anti gay marriage?
— Lincoln Liking (@L2dthird) April 29, 2014
For the record, DeVos isn’t the only NBA team owner who opposes gay marriage.
Has anyone considered that there's now nothing keeping the NBA from banning an owner who speaks against gay marriage? #Sterling
— Cory Taylor (@corystaylor) April 29, 2014
but now can nba just fine and ban owners because of things they say? if an owner says something anti-gay will they ban him?
— Paul Moyer (@paulzmoyer) April 29, 2014
If an nba owner was against gay marriage, would this same thing happen?
— Terry (@HendricksonT182) April 29, 2014
Hypothetically, say an NBA player (or owner, gm) is recorded saying he "hates gay ppl"…is he also going to be banned for life?
— PB85Noles (@PBurris85) April 29, 2014
Or a player, coach, or official.. RT @DanAmira Curious what the NBA would do now if an owner says something about, I don't know, gay rights.
— Pete (@peteinhou) April 29, 2014
Indeed. What about players?
— oBoLa CrAcKa (@HouseCracka) April 29, 2014
Players caught making anti-gay remarks have been fined, but not banned. Could that change down the road?