The only real death penalty is ugly, permanent, and barbaric

Against the death penalty
Photo credit: Steve Rhodes

There’s a so-called “death penalty” that is administered to rich people like Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and to athletic programs that run afoul of NCAA rules. In sports, it is rarely permanent and nobody dies.

Here’s what the real death penalty is about: Government kills people on our behalf. They don’t get to sell the team for a huge profit and they don’t get to compete again after a few years

It is ugly in every respect.

We should be ashamed of our barbaric selves and ban it.

Those other penalties? Find something else to call them.

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