TMZ released an audio clip of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making remarks that show that he is a bigot. Some of the remarks include:
“Don’t put (Magic Johnson) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. … And don’t bring him to my games, OK?”
“Why are you taking pictures with minorities? Why?”
“Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo, broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”
Former Los Angeles Clippers general manager and NBA Legend Elgin Baylor sued Sterling for ageism but those charges were dismissed. Perhaps he made the wrong allegation.
When you think of the Los Angeles Clippers you think of high-flying NBA All Star Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and former NBA player and NBA Championship-winning coach Doc Rivers. Unfortunately, now people will think of Donald Sterling.
NBA legend Earvin Magic Johnson was among the first to comment on Twitter.
“@cjbycookie and I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner.”
“I feel sorry for my friends Coach Doc Rivers and Chris Paul that they have to work for a man that feels that way about African Americans.”
“LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA.”
ESPN was noticeably absent for the discussion for the first 12+ hours after the story broke, with no mention of the remarks on the television station or on it’s web site. Stephen A. Smith tweeted that he would address the comments on Monday, but has since appeared on SportsCenter with his thoughts.
For those unaware of Sterling’s previous remarks and why he has been accused of being a bigot previously, refer to Wikipedia.
After a long conversation with a good friend who is also a season ticket holder for the Brooklyn Nets, I have some ideas for a potential resolution. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver must reach out to Sterling and find out if he admits to the comments. If he does, then he should be suspended immediately. If he denies the comments, they need to be verified to be deemed legitimate. Silver can not make a decision in a vacuum and needs the support of NBA owners, who he essentially works for. If NBA owners agree that Sterling can not continue on as a majority stakeholder in a franchise then Silver has the power to move forward with his removal. NBA players as well, and not just black players like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but white players like their teammate JJ Redick must stand up and denounce not only the comments, but this line of thinking.
For my interview with Magic Johnson last month, view the link below.