The New NBA Commish Drops The Hammer On Sterling
I knew it was going to happen but to be honest I didn’t think it would be this heavy. Newly appointed NBA commissioner David Silver got his official welcome to the role of NBA head. The world was watching and waiting for his judgement on the vile comments from L.A Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Everyone had a view-point, opinion and position on what the league should do, what the players should do, etc,etc…Yesterday afternoon the wait ended as Commissioner Silver banned Donald Sterling for life from any and all NBA dealings and has started to process to force a sale of the Clipper team.
In the after match of this decision there is no shortage of feelings. Personally I’m happy within this particular moment. Looking directly at the NBA they did what they needed to do to handle one of the ugliest situations to hit the league since “The Brawl” years ago in Detroit. This nation is run by money. The dollar trumps all but in this case, bank account size couldn’t save Sterling. Well played Mr Silver……but now as I step back from the moment I have questions. What comes next? Will the owners act right when the vote comes? Are we delusional enough to think Sterling is the only person within the NBA hierarchy that thinks these thoughts? Will we all celebrate this lone case and ignore the issues of racism that take place everyday? My biggest issue is the question of how do we focus in on things like this when so many of us disrespect each other day in and day out? Will we turn this eye of scrutiny towards Hip Hop which is not too kind to our Black women and men perception-wise. Is disrespect more acceptable if it delivered with a beat by people that look like us?
This matter goes so much deeper then one man’s comments. I always say that these social issues say more about us then they do about the people at the center of them. How do we react? How do we view things? Who do we blame? What do we actually do? Do we actually DO anything? Will even care in 2 weeks? It’s always about the people. This could be a moment that leads to a vast awakening or it may be just simple moment lost among others. We’ll see. At the very least the NBA is looking to handle business and I do respect that. You had quite a run D. Sterling. It lasted a lot longer then it should have….glad your gone.