Glenn reacts to the lifetime ban of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling

On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference to hand down a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Silver also called on the NBA Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team. Sterling, who has owned the Clippers for nearly 30 years, had been under investigation by the NBA for alleged comments in which he repeatedly asks his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who is both black and Mexican, why she associates with “minorities” and instructs her “not to bring [black people] to my games.”

“This has been a painful moment for all members of the NBA family,” Silver said during the press conference.

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While Glenn has certainly never fancied himself a sports fan, he has had trouble reconciling the various calls for Sterling being forced out of the league. Now that the official opinion has been handed down, on radio this morning, Glenn explained that while Sterling is undoubtedly a “dirt bag,” the free market should have decided Sterling and the franchise’s ultimate fate.

“I watched ESPN quite a bit yesterday, and I didn't hear one single person say, ‘Can we stop a second and look at: Is this the right thing to do,’” Pat said. “It feels good [to ban him], and that's why everybody went with: ‘The guy is an A-hole.’ We all realize that. But do you take his team away because you want to show what an A-hole he is in his private life?”

Glenn took particular issue with the swiftness in which Sterling was punished. Again, while Sterling’s comments were offensive, they were made in what he believed to be a private conversation. Meanwhile, professional athletes often make headlines for engaging in violent acts towards women and other crimes, but such actions are swept under the rug. Glenn found the double standard troubling.

“Here's the two problems I have. Aren't there like rapists, killers, wife beaters, serial cheaters, guys who have fathered, you know, 40 children out of wedlock and then just bashed the woman's head into the side of the elevator,” Glenn asked. “I mean the NBA is not exactly squeaky clean, and if you're going to hold up moral turpitude, then you should hold it up for everybody.”

“I would like to see the case. I don't know, maybe there is a case to be made. But make the case to me that beating the hell out of a woman is not worse saying horrible things in private,” Stu agreed. “So if you can't make that case, then promise me in the future that every time one of these guys gets in trouble, one of your players, A, the players are all going to rally around and say they need to be eliminated from the league. And B, I want press conferences. I want everything under your power to pressure them to never be able to enter an NBA arena ever again.”

As Pat said, that will never happen because these professional sports leagues “don't treat the two instances the same way.”

While athletes, celebrities, and others took to social media in droves to commend the NBA’s decision, a few notable individuals expressed some concern over the punishment. Stu read a portion of an op-ed NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar penned for Time that by no means condones Sterling’s actions but does question the merits of the outrage.

And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing “pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.” She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee.

They caught big game on a slow news day, so they put his head on a pike, dubbed him Lord of the Flies, and danced around him whooping.

I don’t blame them. I’m doing some whooping right now. Racists deserve to be paraded around the modern town square of the television screen so that the rest of us who believe in the American ideals of equality can be reminded that racism is still a disease that we haven’t yet licked.

What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise. Now there’s all this dramatic and very public rending of clothing about whether they should keep their expensive Clippers season tickets. Really? All this other stuff I listed above has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun?

Read Abdul-Jabbar’s entire article HERE.

“That's brilliant. He's right,” Glenn concluded. “It is your right to be a racist. It is your right to be a bigot. It is your right to be smart, to be enlightened… In your private life you can say whatever it is you want.”

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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