Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, is in the news because he allegedly made racist remarks to his mixed girlfriend, V. Stiviano, about her associating with ‘Black’ people and taking a picture with Magic Johnson. It should be noted that the woman in question is of ‘Black’ and Mexican descent. It has also been reported that Stiviano is being sued by Sterling’s wife for gifts that Sterling gave her. The wife contends that the money Sterling used to purchase the gifts was communal property, and she wants to be reimbursed.
This is even crazier than when Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife sued Gabrielle Union. The Clipper organization is spinning this as a scorned lover out for revenge, which may have worked if there weren’t other lawsuits brought against him for having racist tendencies that he settled. This doesn’t even include the allegations of racism from Elgin Baylor, the Clippers general manager for 22 years, who later recanted. None of these incidents individually signify that Sterling is a racist, but when you look at it all together; what other conclusion can you draw
Peter Keating did a story on Donald Sterling for ESPN the Magazine that took at Donald Sterling’s past in 2009 because he was honored by the NAACP. In 2009 the NAACP said they were honoring Sterling because of his work with the youth. According the LA Times, Jerry Crowe, the NAACP wanted to honor Sterling because he routinely donated 2,000-3,000 tickets for children to Clippers games, even though they know those donations were probably for tax breaks.
Would he have donated tickets if the Clippers were selling out their games? The funny part of this is the fact that the NAACP is planning to honor Sterling again in May for another lifetime achievement award. Some may think the support from the NAACP means that he isn’t a racist, but I think it’s more of an indictment that the NAACP is out of touch with the community. The question is how can Sterling not like ‘Blacks’ when the NBA is majority ‘Black’, and they have made him a lot of money.
According to Forbes.com, Sterling bought the Clippers for $12 million in 1981, and the franchise is currently values at $430 million. That is some serious return on investment especially considering the Clippers have been a losing team most of that time, so he should love ‘Blacks’, especially Magic Johnson, who helped save the NBA and put money in his pocket. That being said, it is naïve to think that whether or not he is racist matters. There is talk that the NBA needs to make a statement by taking action against Sterling, but what can they do? He owns the team.
Times change, but people do not, and it’s crazy to think that an 80-year-old rich ‘White’ man can, or will even want to change. How the NBA handles this situation will tell a lot about where their allegiances lie because they put Sterling in the limelight by giving him Chris Paul, and they knew his history, so why they weren’t they worried about his views then? There is no denying that the NBA wanted the Clippers strong because they are in LA, and who cares if an owner is racist as long as there is money to make? That is why this investigation seems like this it is all lip-service, and no action will be taken, but time will tell.
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