Local Rochester residents react to Donald Sterling's punishment by NBA

Updated: 04/29/2014 11:22 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 10:54 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Rochester residents are talking about Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s punishment by the NBA. People at the Winfield Grill had some mixed opinions about the ruling. 

Eric McClellen, of Greece, said, “He's no longer entitled to his own opinion in the privacy and safety of his own home. It's now in the public domain.”

People have been talking about Donald Sterling throughout the day and it was still the conversation at dinner Tuesday night.

Dr. Ethan Welch, of Rochester, said, “Certainly somebody who's responsible for a team, it is most important that they adhere to a higher standard.” 

Dr. Ethan Welch says Sterling has a certain obligation as a public figure.

Cindy Eddington views this situation differently. She says the punishment is too severe.

Cindy Eddington, of Rochester, said, “He has the right to say what he wants to say especially in the privacy of his own home and now they bring it all out and they fine him this ridiculous fine. I think it's just too much.”

A Spencerport resident says team owners have to abide by the same rules they require their players to abide by. 

Michael Hicks, of Spencerport, said, “You can't tell someone something and then go and do the exact opposite. That like a pastor or priest praises you to believe in God and as soon as they close the doors, they don’t believe in it.”

The story continues to ignite conversations about race, privacy issues and a host of other subjects.  You can join the conversation by posting your comments below this story.

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