In a league full of predominately African American males -- referees and coaches included -- did Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling really believe that he could get away with making racial remarks.
It is 2014, and this millionaire owner needs a big resounding wake-up call.
This is not the first time that Sterling's lack of respect forAfrican Americans has been publicized. In a court document referred to by Boston Globe , Sterling, a real estate mogul in the Los Angeles area, was sued for allegations of sexual harassment and unfair real estate discrimination against blacks.
How can a man who on numerous occasions not be punished for what he said to his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who happens to be of African American and Mexican bloodlines?
Sterling is alleged to have told Stiviano "Not to bring black people to his team's games." A recording was leaked to TMZ over the weekend, and an extended version of the recording is available on Deadspin, a popular web site for sports news seekers.
For those who think Sterling's rights were violated as his girlfriend recorded him, think again. In this day-and-age, especially in a position of power, one should be aware that anything they say could be recorded.
That's just the nature of the digital age we live in.
First-year NBA Commissioner Adam Silver rendered his ruling on the future of Sterling as owner of the Clippers. Silver dropped the ball on Sterling banning him from the NBA, not for a season-or-two, but for life. Well done, commissioner.
Former Boston Celtics head coach and current Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has already made it known that he will not return to Los Angeles, if the voice on the recording is in fact that of Sterling.
Rivers' team is in the middle of one of its best seasons in franchise history, it is unfortunate that the remarks of the team's owner have put a damper on its accomplishments. Discrimination has no place in the world of sports -- or anywhere.
One would think that an NBA franchise owner, like Sterling, would want as many paying fans in the arena, regardless of their skin color or team affiliation. For professional team owners profits are everthing. The Clippers are still vying for an NBA title, but if they were so offended by what their owner said, wouldn't they boycott the remainder of the playoffs?
It looks like Rivers will be back in Los Angeles, after all. Sterling was fined $2.5 million in addition to his lifetime ban from the NBA. However, he is still "technically" owner of the Clippers until the other 29 NBA owners vote on removing him -- but, it is highly likely that they will achieve the two-thirds vote necessary to oust him. Driving into the office
Wednesday morning, I heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich program that Sterling had donated to UCLA to fund a kidney research program.
The university announced this morning that it would return the $3 million donation to Sterling.
Sterling took out an advertisement in Sunday's Los Angeles Times thanking himself and his wife for their pledge to the university. How arrogant can he possibly get?
The Clippers forfeiting the remainder of the playoffs based on what their owner said would never happen.
The Miami Heat showed their support for the Clippers by wearing black socks and turning their shoot-around jerseys inside-out before their series clinching game 4 win over Charlotte.
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the color black often times used to symbolize mourning for some tragedy that occurred, such as the Patriots wearing their owner's wife's initials on a black patch sewn on their jersey?
Clippers fans are still going to want to watch their team compete for a shot at the Larry O'Brien Trophy -- Sterling's comments are not going to stop them from coming.
Silver did the right thing banning Sterling from the game indefinitely.
If Major League Baseball can issue a lifetime ban to Pete Rose for gambling, the NBA can do the same to an outright racist. Racism is something that should not be happening in 2014 -- especially when the league is 78 percent African-American.
Hopefully, we can get back to playoff basketball and bury the hatchet on the Sterling comments.
And, please, will the other teams in the league stop the "tributes" to the Clippers, they're still in Los Angeles, however, their owner is no longer welcome. Sterling was scheduled to receive an award from the NAACP, but it's safe to say that's not happening.
If commissioner Silver wanted to make a splash with his decision -- he certainly did so. Well done, NBA.
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