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Donald Sterling, the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has been under fire recently after TMZ released a tape of a private conversation with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, in which he shares his racist and bigoted beliefs.
So many famous figures have chimed in regarding this issue- Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Barack Obama, Matt Kemp, Bette Midler, and Doc Rivers, just to name a few.
Doc Rivers said “JJ Redick is just as mad about this as Chris Paul, and that’s the way it should be,” and he’s 100% correct. We live in the United States of America, in 2014, and this race issue shouldn’t be an issue at all. People of all races deserve the same, utmost displays of respect, kindness, and equality. Doc Rivers’ quote showed that he, along with most others in today’s day in age, can see through skin color, as it is insignificant. He doesn’t care that JJ Redick is white, and Chris Paul is black- all he cares about is that these PEOPLE are angered by Sterling’s words, regardless of their skin color.
Rivers also said that he truly does believe that Sterling uttered those words, and that the tape wasn’t doctored. He was asked if he wanted to meet with Sterling, and he declined the offer. Why should he be in the same room as somebody who doesn’t want ‘associations with minorities to be advertised’?
He also said that ‘in Israel, the white Jews are treated better than the black Jews, and deservedly so’. This is just another of his bigoted, ignorant remarks. The fact that in April of 2014, he is so backwards and prejudiced is outrageous, and it’d make the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. roll over in their graves.
The Clippers made a stand against their owner, Sterling, during shoot around before Game 4 of their First Round series vs. the Golden State Warriors. They all, in unison, took off their Clippers warm up jackets and put them in the middle of the court. Underneath the jackets, they were wearing their usual warm up shirts, only inside-out, so they didn’t have to wear something that represents Sterling- the name “Clippers”. This was a great and defiant stand by the Clippers, although I do feel that they can, and will, do more.
Why people are surprised about Sterling’s remarks, I just don’t know. Here are some of the things that he’s been accused of in the past:
-Accused by Elgin Baylor of racism; Baylor filed a “wrongful termination lawsuit”
-Baylor also said in the suit that Corey Maggette, Sam Cassell, and Elton Brand told him that Sterling was bringing women into the locker room and telling them to “look at those beautiful black bodies”
-Department of Justice brought housing discrimination charges against Sterling in 2006 for allegedly refusing to rent apartments in his LA complex to African-Americans; The suit was settled 3 years later for a record $2.75 million
-Sumner Davenport claimed that Sterling made racist comments about the minorities living in his residential complexes
-Baron Davis said that Sterling used to address him as the n-word when he played under him in LA; Davis also said that Sterling heckled him to the point where he lost his love for basketball
Sterling’s history of bigotry and ignorance has, with the leaked tape, gotten to the point where he is, as Magic Johnson said, a “black eye for the NBA”.
Listed below are some of the consequences of Sterling’s comments that have already been announced, and I’m sure that there is more to come:
-Village People plans to disallow the Clippers from playing their song “YMCA”
-NAACP retracted a lifetime achievement award that they were scheduled to give to Sterling
-Suspended sponsorships from: Kia, Lumber Liquidators, Red Bull, Sprint, State Farm, and Yokohama Tire
-Terminated sponsorships from: Amtrak, CarMax, Chumash Casino, Mercedes-Benz, Virgin Air
I don’t know exactly how the NBA plans on solving this problem, but I think I speak for all people when I say that I hope the NBA finds a way to get rid of this racist, ignorant scumbag.