Yes even a jerk like Sterling is entitled to privacy. The details of who released this tape and why are a mystery. A enraged wife seeking almost 2 million in gifts given by her husband? A publicity seeking piece of excrement who accepts outrageous gifts for a sexual favors... A clown recording material hacked from cellphones.
Many of you out there might fare just as poorly if selected parts of your conversations were released to the media.
The punishment was excessive, but for practical matters it is best if the team was sold. The commissioner should now consider lifetime bans for players who associate with criminal gangs. It should also consider season long bans for players making bigoted remarks.