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The Donald Sterling Case: Should We Care?

CNN ran an interview with Donald Sterling last night, in which he apologized for that infamous recording of him saying horrible things, all the while saying more horrible things…Stewart: ‘I’m starting to think this whole secretly recording Donald Sterling and then leaking it to the media thing is an enormous waste of time. Because clearly, you can put him in front of cameras, where he can see them, with lots of lights, and go, ‘So, what’s on your mind?’ And let the crazy fly.’

Questions for Consideration

Was the media onslaught in the Donald Sterling case effective, or even necessary?  How, and why, did allegations of Sterling’s earlier history of discriminatory practices go unnoticed? What do you think about the NBA’s ban and the push to “force” Sterling to sell the Clippers?  So what’s the real issue here: Donald Sterling, privacy rights, racism in America, or something else?  

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Lester Munson is a writer and reporter at and ESPN who specializes in legal affairs and investigations. For 21 years, he has reported on money, celebrity, violence, sex, drugs, race, gender, greed, court decisions, and government actions in the sports industry. His recent assignments include the indictment of Roger Clemens for perjury, the sexual assault charges against Ben Roethlisberger, labor union issues in the National Football League and the National Hockey League, and the investigation of Lance Armstrong for use of performance enhancing drugs.

From 1991 to 2004, he was on the staff of Sports Illustrated. He is an adjunct instructor at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School and is a lawyer licensed to practice in Illinois.

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