CFN – They say there is no fool like an old fool. As I write this there is a very very upset 80 year old man by the name of Donald Sterling.
Sterling made his name as a divorce lawyer. He is the longest tenured current NBA
He also in spite of his age decided to have a girl friend nearly 50 years his junior. Hey at his age if he likes to play with fire events like what have happened occur.
His name and story are the hottest thing in social media as audio tapes between and his spicy piece of chicken are being used to pillory him for being racist; in particular anti-black.
His comments and quotes are all over the place even though most haven’t listened to what he’s said.
Did he drop “N” bombs? Does he refuse to employ or work with people of colour? How did the private conversation end up recorded in the first place?
Here is the second clip released.
Again, was this about race or was this about an old man not liking photos of his hot young girlfriend pictured with virulent younger men of colour? Could his friends simply have been teasing him about that? It doesn’t make any of this right. Did he issue a press release or was he simply complaining at home and get burnt?
I certainly am not defending Mr. Sterling. Racism exists in all cultures; but surely there is a difference between acts of racism that preclude people from attaining jobs or positions; or having businesses boycotted?
Mr. Sterling will probably be forced out of his ownership position because of this, not because of what he did being so intolerable, but because of public pressure on sensitive industries like the NBA and their sponsors and because frankly, expedience, because Mr. Sterling ultimately brought this unto himself, and now his family, friends, and business associates are caught in the cross fire.
There are already media reports of Magic Johnson wanting to buy the team, and probably at a fire sale price after this storm.
Racism, or any ism should not be tolerated, but the mass feeding frenzy of social media needs to be balanced. Calmer minds need to prevail and we should really sift through the jetsom before we publicly metaphorically hang people.
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