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Letters: NBA owner heads for extinction

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, with friend

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, with friend V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Lakers during an NBA preseason game in Los Angeles on Dec. 19, 2010. Credit: AP / Danny Moloshok

By imposing a lifetime ban on Donald Sterling, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver left no doubt that the NBA stands for No Bigots Allowed ["No place in the NBA," News, April 30].

Sterling is a dinosaur, and we all know what happened to them.

Lee Nober, Old Bethpage

Editor's note: The author teaches sports management at Walt Whitman High School and Farmingdale State College.

While I support the NBA decision to ban Donald Sterling, I am bothered that we fail to hold our professional athletes accountable for their actions. We've all seen the domestic violence, drug and assault charges -- not to mention the recent bomb threat by a 49ers player when he was questioned at the airport -- come and go without any real action taken.

What Sterling said is not where we should be today, and he is going to pay a very high price. But he didn't do any physical harm or jeopardize anyone's well-being. Our athletes' actions have a big impact on society. Maybe it's time we start seeing athletes banned for life.

John Gaudio, Kings Park