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letters | private comments and public outrage

Sterling may well have a First Amendment case to fight

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the league for life Tuesday over racist comments the Los Angeles Clippers owner made.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the league for life Tuesday over racist comments the Los Angeles Clippers owner made.

After days of increasing degrees of outrage expressed widely through the media concerning Donald Sterling’s racist remarks, culminating in Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA by Commissioner Adam Silver, I find it overdue and refreshing to read Jeff Jacoby’s op-ed on loss of privacy (“Sterling’s words vulgar, but private,” Op-ed, April 30).

The content of a private conversation between two individuals, no matter how heinous the content, should be nobody else’s business. I suspect that Sterling’s defense, if and when he takes it to court, will be based on his First Amendment rights, and his legal strategy will be to go after whoever may have violated them and how they did it.

John M. Moran

Plymouth

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