Claims Of Racist Statements from LA Clipper Owner Donald Sterling Dominates Internets
By now I’m sure everyone is aware of the drama that’s been spreading from Los Angeles across the NBA landscape since the early morning hours. LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is being accused of making sickening statements towards Black people to his girlfriend of the time. Sterling who has a history of racist actions and comments may be posed to claim the title of most hated person in sports once held by former Cincinnati Reds CEO Marge Schott.
As the Internets reacted to this story in its usual fashion. There was outrage, frustration and the expected curiosity for what would be done. Everyone seems on the same page that this can not stand. For an owner to make such statements takes the league back so far from the progressive place it’s certainly in. The NBA’s new commissioner Adam Silver has his first real dilemma on his hands. He addressed the public less than an hour ago and basically said everything you would expect a person in his position to say. The allegations are serious, not want the NBA stands for and are being investigated to confirm authenticity. It’s not till they confirm the validity of that tape that I’ll personally start looking for real action from Silver.
Recently retired Commissioner David Stern ran the NBA for 30 yrs. It’s silly to compare how he “would have” handled this vs how Silver in his first real test will handle it. I’m sure if we dive back to early Stern footage when the NBA was dealing with drug issues heavy he looked nervous at times too. Of course people are crying out why does the audio in question need to be investigated. -___- I’m going to let that slide as a byproduct of emotion because adults should know better. This is a race issue so yeah we all want action and want it now but like it or not this is happening within the frame-work of a multi-billion dollar business. The man at the center of this is a billionaire in his own right. There is a process to effectively dealing with this.
This Sterling case is so interesting to me….Disrespect is Disrespect to me regardless of the source. I don’t get more mad that some billionaire old man is racist any more than I get mad at some young woman of any ethnicity calling me the “N” word just because she grew up liking black guys and listening to hip hop. It ALL bothers me. I see too much disrespect communicated between ourselves to get all irate because of what Sterling said. What happens closer to home is what I want to deal with. But we seem to get more active when we have an actual “bad guy” to point the finger at . It keeps us from looking in the mirror and checking the foul things we do to each other day in and day out. But I guess that’s an issue for another day right?
In the meantime we wait and see what the people directly involved in this matter will do. How will players react? Will other owners speak out? Many say that players should boycott the playoffs? As fans of the NBA will you still watch the Clippers games? This story will dominate the headlines for a while so lets see if this becomes a true moment in time and just another blip on the 24/7 social media radar.
Get Familiar with Mr Sterling’s colorful past after the jump.
Following we have a number of quotes from the LA Clippers owner…….for context.
I wanna know why you think you can coach these niggers.
That’s because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they’re not clean.
(To a property supervisor, 2002, sworn testimony.)
I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid.
(On negotiations to sign Danny Manning, 1988, allegedly in David Stern’s presence.)
I don’t have to spend any more money on them, they will take whatever conditions I give them and still pay the rent.
(On Koreans, sworn testimony.)
According to former general manger Elgin Baylor, Sterling envisioned a “Southern Plantation type structure” for the Clippers, one in which, as he allegedly put it to Baylor, “poor black boys from the South” played for a white head coach.
Why are you taking pictures with minorities? Why? It’s like talking to an enemy. Hispanics feel certain things towards blacks. Blacks feel certain things toward other groups [...] It will always be that way. [...] It bothers me a lot that you’re associating with black people. [...] You’re supposed to be a delicate white or a delicate Latina girl. [...] You don’t have to have yourself walking with black people.
In 2009 Sterling was subject to the largest housing discrimination lawsuit payout ever, related to his attempts to evict blacks and Hispanics from his properties. In 2011 he testified that he did not know Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor had been a basketball player at the time Baylor was hired by the Clippers. That same year, he celebrated Black History Month in the wrong month.