CFN – Today the world observed a gross act of hypocrisy. One Donald Sterling; owner of the LA Clippers NBA basketball team was banned for life and fined $2.5 million dollars for the leaked tapes allegedly of him being led in a conversation by the tramp he was hanging with.
I can’t imagine that a single person slinging arrows at Donald Sterling that has never said things far worse in the privacy of their own home.
Nary a word has been mentioned about Larry Johnson, former player, calling for an all Black league including ownership. Can you imagine the firestorm if a white person had suggested such a thing?
Black people your Focusing on the wrong thing. We should be focusing on having our own, Own team own League! To For Self!!
— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 26, 2014
Mr. Johnson’s statement was public. It was tweeted and meant for public consumption. Mr. Sterling was having a private conversation recorded without his knowledge by his tramp of a girlfriend.
Should he be let off the hook. By all means no, but at the same time the nature of the situation surely warrants some discussion and rational thinking as this situation has been condemned by the President of the US down to who knows who?
It’s the flame of the day right now, and the angry mob may be satisfied, but this surely isn’t how things should be done in this world? Should we be penalized for what we say in the privacy of our home? For what we sing in the shower or mumble to ourselves?
Again, racism bad. We all agree on that; but really? Isn’t this insane?
Frankly as I read the names of businesses that put financial pressure on the team and league I made a mental list of businesses and brands I’ll be avoiding. Personally I hate political correctness, but that’s just me. I hate grand standing. I know. I’m old.
Mr. Sterling should have made an apology. A very loud and public one. He should have said he was stepping down from any role with the team, and he should have taken an action or made a gesture to appease the angry mob. He didn’t. He waited for the storm to come to him and sadly this is the circus result we get. He handled an impossible situation badly, but then it was his poor judgement of hooking up with this chick nearly 50 years his junior in the first place.
Is the world a better place now that Donald Sterling has been banned from his team? Probably not. Probably nothing much has been done other than TMZ pulling in a metric load of traffic and even getting Oprah to chat nice with them.
Racism is something that we all live with; I know I do here in my little city of Cornwall Ontario. I live with it each and every day. But people need to take long hard looks in their mirrors before doing the hysterical attack thing.
Frankly I saw far more hate directed at Mr. Sterling than anything I heard on the leaked audio.
LINK to our first story including links to the audio.
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Is this enough? I guess we’ll see. Time will tell if his shares can be bought by someone who isn’t racist.
Could I just add this from BBC Tommie and John were not millionaire basketball players when they took a stand that they knew would cost them dearly
Two black American athletes have made history at the Mexico Olympics by staging a silent protest against racial discrimination.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medallists in the 200m, stood with their heads bowed and a black-gloved hand raised as the American National Anthem played during the victory ceremony.
The pair both wore black socks and no shoes and Smith wore a black scarf around his neck. They were demonstrating against continuing racial discrimination of black people in the United States.
As they left the podium at the end of the ceremony they were booed by many in the crowd.
is it just my computer setup or is anyone else having trouble typing comments with the tweet/like/share button that pops up beside the leave a comment section?????
Whatever gets the job done Mel. Racism always needs to be stood up to.
Absolutely agree Jamie, and am surprised more people aren’t talking about this. Although what Sterling said is abhorrent and ignorant, it was a private conversation taped without his knowledge. God help us if our thoughts can ever be read because the PC Thought Police will be next and it won’t just be a Tom Cruise movie. I hope Sterling has a team of lawyers and fights back. As much as racism sucks, being thrown in the fire for a private conversation is wrong and likely unconstitutional.
What ever happened to Jews working together. That Harvey Levin is a the (MODERATED) that paid that tramp shiksa for the tape. Oy Veh! I’m getting all flummoxed and verklempt. Fuck Oprah!
Wow! I think that stereotype is up there with the horns and eating babies…
You read about situations such as Trinity Western University and ask yourself should I have the right to a belief. The Supreme Court of Canada says, yes, that a belief is not an action therefore you cannot be prosecuted for a thought. A private conversation between another in privacy is no more than a verbalization of a belief or opinion. Unless your agree with the concept of “Thought Police, Sterling is guilty of airing a personal opinion/belief in privacy. His only crime was consorting with an individual of questionable character who has likely profited from divulging what otherwise would never have seen the light of day. 1984 here we come !