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First Amendment protects Donald Sterling from the government, not the NBA [Letter]

It seems that letter writer Mark Pfaff is unfamiliar with the United States Constitution and its First Amendment ("What about Donald Sterling's First Amendment rights?" April 29). Donald Sterling was not punished or prevented from speaking out by the government. Therefore, his First Amendment rights have not been violated. He has been sanctioned by the commissioner of the NBA, as is his right. Speech and actions have consequences, even speech that is covered under the First Amendment.

Mr. Sterling will be suffering the consequences of those words, and rightly so.

Geralyn MacVittie, Baltimore

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