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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -
The NBA has been shaken by the revelation
that Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, expressed varied and
numerous racist statements and demands to a former mistress. The veracity
of the audio recording has been validated. The league has acted, swiftly,
strongly and appropriately.
New commissioner Adam Silver has thrown the proverbial book at Sterling. He
has imposed a lifetime ban on Sterling from the Clippers organization and from
the NBA in general. He has fined Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum
allowable under the NBA bylaws. Most significant, Silver said he will
urge, with all his might, the other 29 team owners to vote force him to sell
the team. It takes a 75 percent majority
vote, and Silver says he believes he will have that support.
Sterling's words speak for themselves. I need not dignify them by repeating them here. New NBA commissioner Adam
Silver did all he can to handle the situation, and in time, salve the deep
wounds Sterling has inflicted on his coach - Doc Rivers, his players, team employees and Clippers fans. While I
applaud all that has taken place today, one burning question remains.
How did the NBA not know Sterling's mindset
before and do something preemptive to get him out of the sport before now?
Sterling earned most of his fortune,
estimated to be $1.9 billion, in
real estate. In 2009, Sterling agreed to pay a then-record $2.725 million to settle
allegations that he discriminated against African Americans, Hispanics and
families with children at several of the many apartment buildings he owns in
greater Los Angeles. He claimed the settlement was a compromise and not
an admission of guilt. One hundred thousand dollars of that money went to the government as a
penalty. Mind you, the settlement, at the time, was the largest-ever involving discrimination in apartment rental properties. It's a matter of
court record. If Sterling didn't commit these acts, why would a man of
his individual wealth not fight the case in court?
There have been other allegations and
lawsuits, some won and some lost, against Sterling claiming racial discrimination,
sexual harassment, and in the case of NBA Hall of
Famer and former Clippers' general manager,
Elgin Baylor, age discrimination. Sterling somehow prevailed. Sterling, by the way, is 81.
Sterling is the guy wearing the black hat
right now, but he's not the lone Ranger, by any means. Bill Dwyre of the
Los Angeles Times accurately points out the
following concerning Sterling's beliefs: "This was even worse than Calvin
Griffith in Waseca, Minn., in 1978, saying he was happy to have his Twins there
because there were more white people in the state. Worse than Jimmy 'The
Greek' Snyder in 1988, suggesting black athletes are better because they
were bred for it from the days of slavery. Worse than (former Dodgers general
manager) Al Campanis in 1987, wrestling with 'lack of necessities.'"
Sterling's beliefs are his own, and not illegal. But they are immoral,
insensitive, hurtful, bigoted and have no place in professional sports. Good
riddance. Sterling should walk away from the game and enjoy his hate all by
himself. And, if he can't do it by himself, I trust the other owners in
the league will be glad to assist him.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:07:52 GMT
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