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Donald Sterling – Banned for Life

From ESPN:

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he will try to force the controversial owner to sell his franchise. Sterling also was fined $2.5 million, and Silver made no effort to hide his outrage over the comments.

“I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him,” Silver said.

The rebuke, which came three days after the scandal broke, is the harshest penalty ever issued by the league and one of the stiffest punishments ever given to an owner in professional sports.

 

I think that this was the right thing to do. It didn’t happen as fast as I would have wanted, but it happened. It is a clear statement that the NBA will not tolerate this kind of behavior. To me this appears to be a victory for a new and better tomorrow.

By |2014-05-01T07:03:04-04:00April 29th, 2014|Sports|Comments Off on Donald Sterling – Banned for Life

Blackwater banned from Iraq

This is a very interesting development. For some reason, if you set up and independent government they start working independently.

Update:  Clearly I was mistaken.  I used the word independent and (Iraqi) government in the same sentence.   Faster than you can say Iraqi outrage, the Iraqi government seems to be back trackin’.  Blackwater is sort banned.  Like C3PO in the Empire Strikes Back, when he wanders into that room, Storm Troopers, here.  I have to warn the others.  Then he gets blasted.  I’m sure that someone in the White House or State Department or Pentagon or all three called Prime Minister Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  Consider his jets cooled.

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From CNN.com:

Iraq’s Interior Ministry has revoked the license of Blackwater USA, an American security firm whose contractors are blamed for a Sunday gunbattle in Baghdad that left eight civilians dead.

Blackwater, one of many security firms contracted by the U.S. government during the Iraq war, provides protection for American diplomats.

Sunday’s firefight took place near Nusoor Square, an area that straddles the predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhoods of Mansour and Yarmouk. (more…)

By |2007-09-17T11:28:49-04:00September 17th, 2007|Bush Administration, Iraq, Mess O'Potamia (Iraq/Iran/Israel/Palestine)|Comments Off on Blackwater banned from Iraq
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