Donald Sterling Is More Fit to Own a Cotton Plantation Than an NBA team

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Source: Clippers Media Guide 2014
Donald Sterling
Donald Sterling is a magical, special type of individual. In addition to owning the LA Clippers, he also has a strong history of publicly spilling blatantly racist statements about his contracted athletes and other minorities. Despite his very well-known history, he somehow always manages to survive the fallout. In this way he has subtlety become an untouchable champion of racial ignorance. We live in 2014 and most of us have stepped into the future, but there's still a few old, crusty, wrinkled-up douchebags alive and kicking.

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The worst part about this is that the Clippers are an underdog team with a few good guys on the roster. People enjoy cheering for them because on paper they're good guys. Chris Paul plays for the Clippers; he's often viewed as the NBA choirboy and family man. His image is squeaky clean. Blake Griffin is the residential NBA daytime-television hunk. Coach Doc Rivers is a legend and seems like a fun guy to play for.

I originally felt like the players should sit out -- personally, I couldn't imagine suiting up for Sterling. I gave it some thought, and I won't completely crucify them for playing, though. Not everyone is an activist, and there's nothing wrong with that. I understand the complications attached to the situation, and if you love the sport you just want to play at all costs.

Sterling had a problem with his girlfriend taking a picture with Magic Johnson and posting it on Instagram. He doesn't want Magic and other black people to attend his games either. Even as a lifelong racist prick, you'd think he would have enough common sense to give Magic Johnson a pass. He changed the game in his time, moving the NBA forward and making the league more progressive. He's also an amazing businessman and a winner of the highest order on the court. A living legend deserves more from the NBA than these ridiculous remarks.

Sterling is one of those self-righteous, wealthy white guys living as if it's 1825 in 2014. He is trapped in his own ignorance, and there's nothing anyone can do to change that. He doesn't give a shit about everyone being upset by his remarks. He believes what he believes, and if you don't like it, then it's up to you to do something about it...other than that he couldn't care less because his team is in the playoffs and those seats will continue to sell out. In his mind, his players will continue to march their black asses up and down the court, because he "owns" them.

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Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Kelle Deyne . .... truly your so ignorant to open your eye's ! So what your saying is a movie called ..BLACK MEN CAN'T SWIM IS OK ? But white men wcant jumpas made ! The BLACK PAGES with only black owners is out now on stands next to the rft . But the WHITE PAGE'S with only white business owner's is racist ? So the guy said some crap in the privacy of his own house ! But what if we as a people mic. Every house of the nba players ! An busted all of them ! How about we have affirmative action for the nba as we do society ? The nba it about 77 persent black . 17 persent white ! Well I guess that would be racist then ? How about we hold black folks to the same standard's that we hold white people on hate crimes ? You are the racist here ! So don't use the color of my skin as your racist tool ! An if I'm so bad ? Tell my black gal of 8 year's that ! How can I hear cracker or honkey or white bread on t.v. ? But that's not racist ? I can see people with black panthers tattoo's an hear black power . But white power is racist ? I'm a proud WHITE MAN ! Remember a white man freed the slaves ! White men layed down there life's for equality ! An do you have any clue about how BIG Africa is ??????? It was the black man that sold the other black man first ! White men didn't just show up an say . Mmmmm were here for the nigros . Black folks just need to stop using the word nig . Because you can't say a word with out someone else saying it also . AN THEN GETTING ALL PISSY BECAUSE THEY SAID IT TO ! If you call yourself's that ????? Well ?

Mike Pundyk
Mike Pundyk

If we had a mic on everybody in the nba and passed judgement on everything that everyone said, we wouldn't have a league. This guy isn't the only bad apple. He just got caught.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Bob- your racist horns are showing loud and clear! Exposing racism as Rev Sharpton does.... Does not make him a racist! That's a pathetic analogy. Stop whining about this! Sterling is gone! For life! And charged with discrimination several times in court of law. It's illegal, and his words and behavior are against NBA policy. Get over it. He did the crime- and those words he says have consequences. Done and done!

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

She's a hero for exposing him! She may or may not be a "gold-digger" bit she ain't messin win no racist. It's no different than getting caught cheating in your own home. You do harm and are caught? Don't blame the messenger! Blame the perpetrator!!

Marc Dangerfield
Marc Dangerfield

I don't think it is a direct correlation to your example. He lost everything in the court of public opinion. People reacted to his most recent statements at such a level of discourse that it became toxic to the NBA and sponsors to be associated with him in any way. And there for tricky to continue to support and image that it is fair to its players which were / are blacks, so they need to considerer their options and they had a 24 hr. window before the same public opinion noose would be tied around their necks as well. So, since The NBA owns the right to make a judgment call and in this case, the potential value of the team was greater than his oversight so he was suspended.

Jenna Edwards
Jenna Edwards

I think all colors are beautiful! You don't know me I have many colors in my heritage! I send you peace and love!

Marc Dangerfield
Marc Dangerfield

You do realize that the biggest fuss and the people at the helm of the NBA, the sponsoring organizations an the media leads that chose to publicize this are white right? This is primarily white on white judgment here. Think about it.... He was taken down by other whites not so much the black population. Hit me back with your thoughts.

Marc Dangerfield
Marc Dangerfield

I have to say, I don't like the idea of there being no color. Actually, I like being my color. To me, saying there is no color is like saying it is embarrassing, I don't want to be some vanilla figure so others can not have to deal with my differences. I would rather someone know I am a black man and not care about it than someone to not notice me. It s like being of color is some horrible thing. Black and brown skin is beautiful, and by God it looks good in colorful clothes ha ha. I want people to see my color, but it should not matter in the context of my value as a parent, professional, student or just a citizen. But don't say there is NO color. I am full of color and my friends from around the world love me for who I am and don't try to ignore it but celebrate our differences and I think that's what life in the 21 century is all about.

Marc Dangerfield
Marc Dangerfield

It seems that there are plenty of "private conversations" going on in St Louis.

Marc Dangerfield
Marc Dangerfield

Maybe we should lynch mob black people for once? That's a novel idea and would probably keep them quiet.

Marc Dangerfield
Marc Dangerfield

I can appreciate your point, and I don't hold you responsible. But at the same time I am conflicted because my grandfather and great-grand fathers worked for left-overs on cotton plantations in Arkansas, while white workers got a standard pay and education. The ripple effect of the treatment of these people retarded the growth opportunities of my parents, that also worked in the cotton fields but at a greatly reduced rate over local whites and with no education benefits. So, yes, the cotton industry and the people like you and others that work there have changed, but the history and the ripple effect of those closely effected by those historical decisions and unfair treatments survive today - as you can see in the news and the opinions of many. I know we would like to white wash them from our minds but the reason that this keeps coming up is because this was one of the vehicles that drove the slave trade to begin with AND was used to further dehumanize and disenfranchise a whole race of people for generations (but at the same time we weren't people, we were property, weren't we?). And the stain of these decisions is not something that is easily erased from history or the minds of the people and the children that came after them....like me. And like Jews and the holocaust, we owe those that took the worst for us later generations to NEVER forget what happened (in those cotton fields)....but to find a way to forgive and overcome, together.

Jenna Edwards
Jenna Edwards

This is so stupid!!!!!!!! Its 2014 there is no color!

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

God knows we haven't heard ANY black folks say or do some racist crap ??? Like the black page's ! With ONLY black business owners ! THAT IS OUT NOW AT YOUR NEWS STANDS ! RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR R.F.T. !!!! Because if us white folks did that ?????? I can see al sharpton now getting rich off of that juicy piece of race baiting ! Ew weee ! Don't think about it white people ! That would be racist !

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Humans need houses and cars (at least in this city, they need a car since our public transportation bites). No one needs an NBA team. Also, just because the public says the guy dosen't deserve something, dosen't mean it's actually going to be taken away. It's not like the government is going to come in and take his team. If the NBA kicks him or his team out, however..... totally legal and justified.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

yes, you are right there are still quite a few douchebags living...White ones AND black ones...but it's only the white ones that are lynch mobbed...

Josh Revelle
Josh Revelle

I guess you cant have a private conversation in the comfort of your own home these days without worrying about being taped and leaked to the media.

Shayne Hummel
Shayne Hummel

. I feel sorry for him, at some point he stopped growing as a person.

Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy

"When a private talk over a bottle of wine is broadcast on the radio, what can it mean but that the world is turning into a concentration camp?" Milan Kundera - The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Jason Allen
Jason Allen

When did we become a society that wants take away ownership from someone because we don't like what they say or support? I don't agree with the guy or like what he might have said but he should still be able to own something he currently owns. To me this seems like someone want to take your house or car because they don't agree with you or like what you say.

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Sooooo Mis-Understood !!! Every Body's got this Ass Wrong. He's Not Racially Prejudiced.......He's a Total Sociopath. He has DISDAIN for every One not equal to his financial Status......He's a Controlling Idiot, He's a Modern Day Nazi. He's an Equal Opportunity Hater. Just One Bad Human. Thinking he needs to first ticket to Mars, One-Way, without luggage, he's got enough baggage for Every One.........Can we say "Ass-Clown" ?????

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

In a show of solidarity I threw my laundry on the floor.

Heidi J. Greene
Heidi J. Greene

Douche bags are more useful than him. What a sad, fearful, ignorant man.

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

Please note that those of us in the cotton industry actually live in 2014 and get tired of being held up as poster boys for racism.

Robby Sappington
Robby Sappington

most of us, but not whoever wrote your arcade fire review.

wump
wump

yo, dalediversity, tefpoe is shitting on your best friend

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