The Wright Response - May 8, 2014

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email
Comments allowed and deleted on our sites frequently come into question. KBTX General Manger Mike Wright has more in this edition of The Wright Response.

KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright

A touchy subject today, as a little over a week ago, the NBA handed down something akin to the punishment SMU received years ago when the NCAA gave their football the death penalty.

The new commissioner of the NBA set a course for his reign over the sport, as Adam Silver responded to findings of the league's investigation and banned LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA, saying he would work to force Sterling to sell the team.

Following the posting of this story, I knew what to expect on my e-mail next. Our news and Internet people often follow-up posting of a story of this nature with something like:

"Heads up - we should monitor closely the comments people will post related to this story. It could get ugly and out of hand pretty quickly."

And it does, and we did. So, as with so many times before, we choose to initially turn off the comment so as not to add fuel to the fire. Things have since settled a bit from the original story.

There are many stories that bring out the worst in people, which brings me to the point. Forget about whether you believe the decision was right or wrong. At the end of the day, we can all say whatever we want as an opinion. He had a right to say what he did, but there are consequences, especially when you hold a position like Donald Sterling.

We are living in an electronic age when very little of what we say or do is not up for scrutiny, especially when you are an owner of an NBA franchise. Point is, this will be debated, appealed, talked about, all while those who comment are as vile or worse than the comment made by Sterling. Profanity rarely slips through the filters of, but it happens. All the while, some of us are no better than the comments made by Sterling.

Seems no one really wants to be held accountable anymore. We say we do, we hold our kids accountable -- most of the time -- but all in all, it is never our fault. This isn't a racial issue necessarily, it is a right or wrong issue. This isn't about black and white, young or old, male or female. It's about bad behavior, and the NBA made a statement that this type of behavior won't be tolerated.

We don't tolerate profanity on the website. There are consequences. Trite though they may be, we ban some commenters and take away their privilege, and that's when the finger-pointing begins…"KBTX doesn't allow free speech." In this day and age, it is always someone else's fault, and frankly, the next generation isn't getting too good of a lesson right now seeing all this finger-pointing and blaming -- from those in politics to those in the NBA. The NBA in this case took a stand, and said "enough." Time will tell, if it will stick or make an impact.

We'll wrap up with something good today, as K-L sends in this note of thanks:

"All of us in the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society at Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine wanted to thank you for having us on Brazos Valley This Morning recently. Everyone we interacted with at KBTX from start to finish was courteous, profession and so very helpful! Your support is greatly appreciated."

And THANK YOU for allowing KBTX to assist in publicizing the College of Veterinary Medicine. Back from my days on the morning news, it was always a highlight visiting with anyone from one of the greatest programs of its kind in the country.

Be in touch anytime, we love to hear from you -- the good, and the not so good. All opinions and thoughts matter to the family of KBTX News 3.

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