Freedom of speech…

Don SterlingThe NBA, its esteemed commissioner Silver, the great multitude of professional basketball players, Hollywood icons, the media, the potential buyers of the LA Clippers, and yes our very own President, all directed venom and contempt at the Clippers’ owner, Donald Sterling, following his racist remarks – remarks that were secretly taped and sought to disparage his girlfriend from entertaining black jocks in public.  Crazy remarks considering that Sterling lives in a world of black athletes, many of whom work for him, and this year, win for him. Nevertheless, he admitted to making the comments, again, made in private.  But they were words.  WORDS. Let’s grow up America….sticks and stones… we all know the saying.

Sterling was a crazy man for saying these things.  He was a stupid man for thinking the things that made him say these words.  But he can’t be too crazy and stupid to have amassed a fortune, and put together a playoff NBA team and premier franchise.  He has done nothing criminal.  People are entitled to think stupid crazy things.  It is a constitutional right.  Believing himself in need of proving his worth and newly appointed power, Commissioner Silver has passed judgment, fines, bans and has said he wishes to convince other franchise owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers .  If the commish does this, this bruhaha will result in something more than a frothy war of words, a lawsuit that Sterling will win.

Racist, crazy, stupid…and on the right side of the Constitution.  Few thinking people embrace racism, but this action will not help expunge it.  Let Sterling’s ignorant actions cause him such embarrassment and discomfit in public that he sentences himself and slink into obscurity on his own.  Otherwise, in court he will rightly clean the clock of the NBA, and demonstrate what we all know, freedom of speech is at the heart of our country and Democracy.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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