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May 31, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Steve Ballmer, Robert Swift: Seattle Times readers sound off

6-1-14Steve Ballmer

Not rooting
for his success

As a lifelong Sonics fan, it is hard to continually read about setbacks in the quest to get an NBA team back. The recent news about Steve Ballmer buying the Clippers (“Ballmer cuts $2B deal to buy L.A. Clippers,” Friday) is no different. If he truly cared about Seattle he would stay with his agreement to help Chris Hansen bring a team back here. Instead he is focusing on his own selfish intentions and only wants an NBA team for one person — himself.

I, for one, will not be rooting for his success. He turned his back on Seattle and I am perfectly happy to return the favor.

— Peter Durland, Bellingham

Losing a chance to
drop another billion

Thank you, Steve Ballmer. I’m not being sarcastic or snarky.

The whole Clipper/Sterling abomination put Seattle in play yet again. Trees were felled. Zillions of electrons were launched into the ether. For a brief moment Seattle had another chance at another NBA franchise.

But then, before we really had a chance to go totally insane, you snatched that chance away from us. We’ve lost our opportunity. How cruel. We won’t get a chance to drop a half a billion into another sports palace. We will be deprived of the honor of seeing our cable bills take another stratospheric jump to cover the cost of bringing games into our living rooms. We will have to forgo the privilege of being stuck on the road during the gridlock that accompanies the end of each home game. And we’ll know that we didn’t contribute to a racist owner becoming richer.

— Patrick Russell, Seattle

Robert Swift

New definition
of sleaze

With your front-page article about Robert Swift (“Flameout: A young phenom falls hard,” May 25), The Seattle Times has sunk to the lowest form of reporting. The article was unnecessary, inappropriate and mean-spirited!

Congratulations, Times, you have hit the very nadir of journalism and have become the new definition of sleaze!

— Alice Reid, Sammamish

Let him find
his own way

How dare you print such a humiliating story about someone no longer in the public eye nor wanting to be? He’s not a criminal who needs to be found or exposed. Leave him alone. He’s only 28 years old and needs to find his own way without the public watching or judging.

— Mary Nysether, Seattle

Required reading
for prep athletes

This was an outstanding article. It should be required reading for any high-school athlete who thinks their talents will make them rich at the pro level. There are numerous roadblocks ahead and not just athletically. The world is full of Robert Swifts.

— Claude Reinwald, Des Moines

NFL

Times shouldn’t
use racist nickname

It turns my stomach every time I see a racial slur in the sports page of the Seattle Times. While the NFL and Washington owner Dan Snyder are doing all they can to keep this hurtful team name as part of our lives, I don’t see why The Seattle Times has to follow their lead.

As sports fans we’ll be perfectly fine if your paper refers to the team from Washington, D.C., without adding a dirty word.

— Gus Reschke, Everett

Golf

Give some coverage
to deserving seniors

The Seattle Times once again overlooked a big Northwest sporting event: the Washington State Senior Open, annually held in Sequim. This three-day golf tournament, which ended last week, features the best senior amateurs and professionals from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. While it is great news that you cover high-school golf, college golf and some pro and open events, the Senior event is full of professionals who have taught these younger players the game. They deserve some recognition for their years of service to golf.

— Jim von Lossow, Seattle

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