There are those that will say that as long as the government is not coming after people for words they say, then our right to free speech is untouched. But, at a certain point we are soon going to be living in a nation where we have the freedom to speak, but might be to afraid to use it. A nation with defacto speech codes barring certain thoughts from being expressed, then, maybe a nation with speech codes dictating that we MUST express certain views or else. In short, a nation where anyone stepping out of line will be subjected to bullying, intimidation, and thuggery. A nation where expressing yourself on Twitter, Facebook, or your personal blog, or even in a private conversation might cost you your livelihood.
Well, folks, that day I wrote about is closer every day. We are now hearing that NBA players do not want to stop at punishing Sterling. They are not willing to stop at merely taking his team away. Now they want to make his family pay too
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James says NBA players believe nobody in Donald Sterling’s family should be able to own the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sterling has been banned for life for making racist comments and Commissioner Adam Silver has urged owners to force Sterling to sell the franchise. But Silver said no decisions had been made about the rest of Sterling’s family.
The attorney for Shelly Sterling, Sterling’s estranged wife, said her client intends to keep her 50 percent of the franchise.
But James says Sunday that players “don’t feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team.”
“At the end of the day, this is going to be a long litigation when it comes to that,” said James, ESPN noted. “This guy who’s owned the team since the ’80s is not going to just give the team up in a day. So we understand it’s going to be long, but we want what’s right.”
Got that folks? How far should we take that scorched earth policy? Maybe we should never allow his grand children to own a team either. Or maybe we need to make sure their opinions are “acceptable” before we “allow” them to buy a team, or maybe before we allow them to buy any business. Is this type of Totalitarian thinking really what we wish to give credence to? This is VERY dangerous territory here. Now, for the first time, someone is advocating punishing family members of someone who says offensive things. I ask you, what will we do when everyone is afraid of speaking, lest their employers fine them and march the off to re-education camp?
Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones was fined an undisclosed amount Sunday and will undergo educational training after sending negative tweets about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft.
Shortly after the St. Louis Rams took Sam in the seventh round Saturday, Jones tweeted “OMG” and “Horrible.” The tweets were taken down a short time later.
Jones apologized for his comments Sunday and described them as inappropriate. The Dolphins said Jones has been excused from all team activities until he completes training related to his comments.
“We were disappointed to read Don’s tweets,” coach Joe Philbin said in a statement. “They were inappropriate and unacceptable, and we regret the negative impact these comments had on such an important weekend for the NFL. We met with Don today about respect, discrimination and judgment. These comments are not consistent with the values and standards of our program.”
This is what you get with an over sensitive society that gives words greater importance than deeds. Don’t believe me? Ask yourself this. If Donald Sterling had been drinking, and run over someone, killing them, would his team be taken away from him? I bet not. so, this is where we are now. Killing someone is now less an issue than offending them.