In an appearance on MSNBC with host Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd addressed the racist comments made by LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his subsequent lifetime NBA ban. After noting that Sterling was ousted as a result of comments he made in private, Todd said that this detail was not significant. “We live in the public square now,” he said, adding that privacy should only be afforded to those who “get out.”
Mitchell noted the concerns expressed by NBA owner Mark Cuban who said that the precedent set by banning Sterling for sentiments expressed in private was a troubling one.
“I have no sympathy for these owners,” Todd said in response to Cuban’s concerns. “They’re public figures.”
“We live in the public square now,” he continued. “You don’t want public scrutiny, than get out.” He went on to say that owners and teams appeal to states and municipalities for funding, so it is appropriate that their behavior be subject to scrutiny.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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