Bloggers note: For years I’ve been keeping tabs on Sterling and his racist views and its about time they come to the fore front
As I was taking in the 2014 NBA playoffs (Go Raptors), I got into a heated debate about who is the best point guard in the league. Clearly I was right in choosing Chris Paul.
The pretty young lady I was arguing with said “I understand you like Chris Paul, I just hate the fact that he plays for Donald Sterling”
Then it hit me…
I always knew the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers was racist. I’ve read numerous instances about his views courtesy of wikipedia:
In November 2005, ESPN reported that Donald Sterling agreed to pay a fine of $2.73 million to settle claims brought by the Justice Department and Davin Day of Newport Beach that he engaged in disciminatory rental practices against Hispanics, blacks, and families with children. In addition, Sterling was also ordered to pay attorneys’ fees and costs in that action of $4,923,554.75. [Order Granting Motion for Prevailing Party’s Attorneys’ Fees and Costs, dated November 2, 2005, C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:03-cv-00859-DSF-E Dkt No. 454]. In granting the attorney’s fees and costs Judge Dale S. Fischer noted “Sterling’s’ scorched earth’ litigation tactics, some of which are described by the Plaintiffs’ counsel and some of which were observed by the Court. The Court has no difficulty accepting Plaintiffs’ counsel’s representations that the time required to be spent on this case was increased by defendant’s counsel’s often unacceptable, and sometimes outrageous conduct.” [Id. at p. 5]
In February 2009, Sterling was sued by former longtime Clippers executive Elgin Baylor for employment discrimination on the basis of age and race. The lawsuit alleges Sterling told Baylor that he wanted to fill his team with “poor black boys from the South and a white head coach”. The suit alleges that during negotiations for Danny Manning, Sterling said “I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid.” The suit noted those comments while alleging “the Caucasian head coach was given a four-year, $22-million contract”, but Baylor’s salary had “been frozen at a comparatively paltry $350,000 since 2003”.
On August 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination in using race as a factor in filling some of his apartment buildings. The government’s ongoing case alleges Sterling refused to rent to non-Koreans in the Koreatown neighborhood and to African Americans in Beverly Hills. The suit alleges Sterling once said he did not like to rent to Hispanics because they “smoke, drink and just hang around the building,” and that “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.
All of these instances have been largely overlooked. When Kobe Bryant made a remark about gays it cost him $100k: Isiah Thomas’ remarks about Larry Bird being white and over-rated, forced a huge press conference during the 1987 NBA playoffs.
Why hasn’t the NBA taken action against sterling?
Here we have a billionaire owner making money with mostly African American athletes and staff, but he is a known racist.
And then this gets released:
Sadly it seems this young “minority” is with Sterling for cash purposes. How could she love this man for who he is?
The Clippers have been the laughing stock of the NBA for years. Finally after Sterling decided to do some spending they are relevant.
Now however your have a championship contender run by a bigot who is happy to make money and have sex with “minorities” but really can’t stand them.
Donald Sterling represents a generation that is fading away fast: The old white american who hasn’t changed his views about other races.
I ask upon NBA commissioner Adam Silver to address this. He is the new leader of a sport dominated by African American athletes, who are not only talented but deserve a high degree of respect. There is no place for this in 2014 sports where athletes are revered for their content of their character and talent…..not the color of their skin.
I also ask upon the NBA players and community to address this as well. It has gone on too long and unchecked. When the NFLPA found out that Rush Limbaugh wanted to own an NFL franchise, the reaction was swift and noticed. He was removed from his partnership bid as the group felt his participation had become a complication in the group’s efforts and the bid moved forward without him.
In my heart I hope this doesn’t become a distraction to the playoff push of the Clippers. As a team they have finally stepped out of the shadow of the L.A. Lakers and have become arguably the number 1 franchise in California. Play on Chris!