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Radio Host Jackson: NBA Has Become 'Thought Police'

Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 08:24 PM

The National Basketball Association is turning into "thought police" with its lifetime ban of Donald Sterling, because the Los Angeles Clippers owner's controversial, racially tinged remarks occurred during a private phone conversation, radio host Kevin Jackson says.

"Any [team] owner that votes for this [ban], he's opening himself up to the same type of scrutiny," Jackson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I certainly don't defend this guy's comments, but . . . he made these comments in what was supposed to be a private conversation. Many people try to vet ideas with family and friends in private conversation that they would never necessarily want to go public.

"Owners will be opening themselves up to all types of scrutiny. If the NBA wants to start becoming the thought police, well guess what, they've just decided to do it," he said Tuesday.

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Sterling's comments, in which he asked his girlfriend not to bring black guests to Clippers games, were on a tape obtained by the celebrity news site TMZ.com. It has not yet been determined who recorded it, and the legality of its release is under debate.

Jackson, author of "The BIG Black Lie: How I Learned The Truth About The Democrat Party," published by The Black Sphere LLC, was part of a Malzberg show panel with sportscaster Jared Max, a former ESPN radio host in New York.

Max said he was surprised at how fast the NBA moved against Sterling, whose controversial conversation emerged just days ago.

"These things normally take time and . . . bada bing, bada boom. [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver says there's no place in the NBA for this," Max said.

"It's great that this was able to be done so quickly. Hopefully, this maybe sets precedent for breaking through other red tape in society.''

But Max also wondered about the ban, which must be voted on by other NBA team owners.

"If I'm an NBA owner and I do not vote for this — because all they need is 75 percent — but if I don't vote for this, aren't I just the same as Donald Sterling, essentially?" Max asked.

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Jackson said the NBA should never have allowed Sterling, who has a history of racially charged behavior, to buy the Clippers.

"If they have some sort of ethics around it, you need to do a better job of vetting the potential owners of the team,'' he said.

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