This is now a hypothetical, but one worth pondering as the NBA enters a new age of owner scrutiny.

What if an owner publicly berated women, promoted gun violence and spouted racially insensitive comments? If his name is Donald Sterling, he’ll get run out of the league.

What if his name was Jay-Z?

He owned part of the Brooklyn Nets until last September, when his burgeoning agent business created a conflict. If he hadn’t sold his 0.1608 percent of the team, would the famous New York rapper had been held to the same standard as the infamous L.A. slumlord?

Should he have been?

And what do stricter speech codes mean for potential owners like Floyd Mayweather and current ones like Orlando’s Rich DeVos? Or any other owner who might have said or done something offensive? Might even Oprah have a skeleton in her 1,700-square-foot closet?

This is the slippery slope Mark  Cuban warned about as the noose tightened around Sterling.

"How many people are bigoted in one way or other in this league?” he said. “But you find one, all of a sudden you say, well, you can’t play favorites being racist against African-Americans. Where do you draw the line?"

Some would say a good place is when somebody says, "Middle finger to the law, n---- gripping ma b----. Stab the ladies they love me, from the bleachers they screamin’."

Or, "Put ya guns up in the air if ya feel me. F--- ‘em all day, f--- ‘em all night.  We don’t love these hoes."

Veering from the misogynistic to the racial, there was Jay Z’s performance at a 2009 inaugural ball.

"Never thought I’d say this s---, baby I’m good. You can keep your p--- because I don’t want no more Bush. No more war. No more Iraq. No more white lies. My president is black."

There are plenty of other lyrical examples, but I’m running out of dashes to sanitize them. Then there was the Five Percent Nation medallion Jay Z wore to a Nets game. The organization was founded in 1960s as an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam.

There are no direct references to white people in its tenets, but it has racist ideology. Michael Muhammad Knight wrote two books about the organization and explained in an essay that, "The first lesson I learned from the Five Percent was simple: F--- white people. Seriously. White people are devils."

I don’t think wearing a medallion means Jay Z is a bigot, but should an NBA owner wear anything associated with black or white supremacists? As for the lyrics, they don’t mean Jay Z hates women and loves violence. But he’s made a career out of promoting such things.

Is that the image the NBA wants to be associated with in this post-Sterling era?

Jay Z wasn’t the typical 0.1608 owner. He was the face of the franchise as it moved to Brooklyn. 

As bad as Sterling was, at least he kept his incendiary words private. Jay Z got on stage and yelled them to millions the past 10 years as part owner of the Nets. Yet like Sterling’s slum-lord history, nobody seemed to mind.

And now, as my colleague Mike Bianchi noted, people are starting to notice DeVos and his views against gay marriage. To millions of people, the stance amounts to unadulterated and unacceptable intolerance. To millions more, it’s perfectly acceptable.