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Dave Chappelle doesn’t think Donald Sterling should have lost the Clippers

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Comedian Dave Chappelle is back, according to a lengthy profile in GQ’s “Men of the Year” December issue. In a wide-ranging and insightful interview, Chappelle weighs in on a number of issues, but one of particular interest were his thoughts on disgraced and subsequently exiled former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

The way Chappelle sees it, despite the deplorable nature of the comments, no one, including Sterling, should be held to such an extreme standard of conduct, nor be punished so severely as a consequence for what was assumed to be a private conversation occurring between two adults that was recorded without one person’s knowledge.

“Ultimately, I don’t think he should have lost his team,” Chappelle said, via GQ.com. “I don’t like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful. When you think about the intimacy of a situation, like, can a man just chill with his mistress in peace? I just don’t like when things like that happen, because if they take s— away for things that people say that are objectionable, I may not have anything in a few years. Granted, I don’t think I say s— like ‘Stop bringing white people to my game.'”

Sterling, of course, was accused of numerous transgressions related to untoward and egregious behavior during his tenure as the Clippers owner –as chronicled in a piece written by one of the team’s stars, Blake Griffin — and the recorded conversation between he and his mistress simply proved to be the so-called “smoking gun” that allowed the NBA to cut ties with the controversial figurehead.