Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will be banned for life and fined $2.5 million for racist comments, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday.
Totally get the “banned for life” thing. There was nothing else they could do, really. But the $2.5 million fine?
Free speech doesn’t mean speech without consequences. One consequence of people finding out you’re a bigoted idiot is they won’t want to hang out with you. I.E., Banned for life. But can you fine a guy for being an asshole? That I’m not so sure about.