He said in a private conversation that he does not like some specific race of people. He did not make any jokes or derogatory comment about any race. He was communicating his race preferences to his girlfriend in a private conversation. His racism part did not interfere with his NBA team hiring or any of that official in nature. (I'm specific about the recent incident, I'm not talking about a previous incident of him not renting his apartments to blacks or latinos.) From my (limited) knowledge, he has not done anything illegal. How is that conversation worse than, say, you as a parent prefers your kid to marry from your own race? I think the media over-hyped the whole incident. Also if they banned him for life long, why should he pay the fine?