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April 28, 2014 - 4:11 pm
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I actually thought we reached the apex of high dudgeon yesterday when players for the Los Angeles Clippers turned their jerseys inside out during warmups:

In response to Sterling’s purported comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his team’s games, the Clippers on Sunday let their uniforms become a show of solidarity.

They ran out of the tunnel for Game 4 of their first-round playoff at Golden State wearing their warmups. Then they huddled at center court and tossed their warmups to the ground, going through their pregame routine with their red Clippers’ shirts inside out to hide the team’s logo.

Players also wore black wristbands or armbands. They all wore black socks with their normal jerseys.

But the outrage floodgates really opened on Monday.

Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, whose team is opposing the Clippers in the playoff series, urged Clippers fans to boycott game 5. “If it was me, I wouldn’t come to the game,” Jackson. “I believe as fans, the loudest statement they could make as far as fans is to not show up to the game.”

Pardon my cynicism, but that’s easy for him to say. Taking away home-court advantage would give the Warriors the upper hand in a tight series. Of course Jackson, who is black, is no doubt sincerely outraged by Sterling’s comments. If that’s the case, why is he going to coach? If he’s outraged enough to urge opposing fans to stay home, he should be outraged enough to make a statement by not showing up himself.

And that wasn’t the only silliness to rear its head today. Sponsors have also suddenly discovered Mr. Sterling has a racist world view and are pulling out:

The Chumash Casino, the presenting sponsor of the Los Angeles Clippers, jumped ship Monday along with used car dealership chain CarMax and airline Virgin America as advertisers pondered their partnerships with the team in the wake of racist remarks allegedly made by owner Donald Sterling.


State Farm, Kia Motors America, Red Bull, Lumber Liquidators and Sprint have condemned the remarks and said they will suspend their sponsorship and advertising obligations, closely monitor the situation and assess their options

Where were all these fine, upstanding companies a few years ago when it came out that Sterling was keeping blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities from renting his properties based solely on the color of their skin?

  • 2006: U.S. Dept. of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination. Allegedly, he said, “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”
  • 2009: He reportedly paid $2.73 million in a Justice Dept. suit alleging he discriminated against blacks, Hispanics, and families with children in his rentals. (He also had to pay an additional nearly $5 million in attorneys fees and costs due to his counsel’s “sometimes outrageous conduct.”)
  • 2009: Clippers executive (and one of the greatest NBA players in history) sued for employment discrimination based on age and race.

Sterling is a despicable human being — a lowlife slumlord who discriminates against people of color. He’s been sued three times by the government for violating the law and now people are shocked, shocked I tell you, to find out that Mr. Sterling is a Kloset Kluxer.

Hall of Fame basketball player Kareem Abdul Jabbar, a soft-spoken, courtly gentleman and one of the best who ever laced them up, penned a common sense op-ed for Time:

What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise. Now there’s all this dramatic and very public rending of clothing about whether they should keep their expensive Clippers season tickets. Really? All this other stuff I listed above has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun?

He was discriminating against black and Hispanic families for years, preventing them from getting housing. It was public record. We did nothing. Suddenly he says he doesn’t want his girlfriend posing with Magic Johnson on Instagram and we bring out the torches and rope. Shouldn’t we have all called for his resignation back then?

Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? Although the impact is similar to Mitt Romney’s comments that were secretly taped, the difference is that Romney was giving a public speech. The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime. We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it.

Make no mistake: Donald Sterling is the villain of this story. But he’s just a handmaiden to the bigger evil. In our quest for social justice, we shouldn’t lose sight that racism is the true enemy. He’s just another jerk with more money than brains.

So, if we’re all going to be outraged, let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his racism was first evident. Let’s be outraged that private conversations between people in an intimate relationship are recorded and publicly played. Let’s be outraged that whoever did the betraying will probably get a book deal, a sitcom, trade recipes with Hoda and Kathie Lee, and soon appear on Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars.

Another slam dunk for Kareem.

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So,.... he's been this way for decades, and the people most outraged all knew about this years ago.. but looked away?

The only clear reason,..., he's a big democrat donor.... a dirty little secret the media try to silence with a 2002 GOP registration card,... sure, because people never ever lie on those to vote vindictively in each other's primaries...

you want honesty... most of the public doesn't follow or give two damns about the NBA, we just don't. So no we didn't already know about this, though the impression given in every article is... bad America, bad.... you KNEW.. well no, we didn't... but does it even matter?

I agree with everyone who says, where is the outrage illegal recording of private conversations is being rewarded?.. This owner will still be rich after all of this circus is done,.. but he hardly matters,, anymore than Bundy as a person does, there are bigger concerns.

the fact is, government can do anything they want to you, if you're personally a bad human being, wiretapping, all good, if it exposes those who oppose unreasonable government to the embarrassment of having the victim turn out to be less than likable.

The Sterling case, the undercurrent is the same, personal freedom from unreasonable loss of your rights to anyone with a camera and an agenda.... but also indicative of a media which routinely looks the other way when top democrat donors are involved.

Everyone damn well knows the NAACP exists just to shake down businesses for cash these days. Does racism exist, yes it does, is it a government problem anymore? Barely,... when the law is applied equally, of course now, it's far more likely the one being singled out for ridicule is chosen because his politics make him an acceptable sacrifice to the NAACP, and Democrat party, who's outrage seems highly selective.

The media covered Bundy's statements with undisguised glee.. yay.. chance to taint republicans.... and Sterling's with sad sad faces.... his money to their agenda was good... even though most have omitted deporting his huge donations... but they sure love that 12 year old registration card... which they claim they just discovered..

why is it, I do not believe that?

Oh... maybe their lack of honesty on any issue which taints the democrats with the broad brush they contiously use to smear every republican.. their refusal to name the political party, unless it's a republican.. their ommission of party,.. like the Yee case, when they deign to cover it at all.

the US media has played a two faced underhanded game for so long there's no credibility left.. That no one at the NAACP will resign over the Sterling cover up, no media hack will question illegally gotten tapes, if they can apply a smear to the right half of the country.. all hand wringing when it bites one of their moneymen.. one of their own..

I don't fault those in the majority who didn't know..

I fault the media hacks who did and never said so, who are rigidly selective in party coverage, who are quick to use dirty or under handed illegal evidence, when it suits them, but was ready to hang a Clintion era woman for doing the same thing when exposing a Clinton lie.. Flowers was bad, bad bad,... but secretly tapping into GOP cell phone calls.. they never minded that, and said as much...

The real villian here?... a media so corrupt only party affiliations matter in which stories they cover, and which they ignore.

a media so unethical, wiretaps are only bad, when they catch a democrat... but humorous when a republican is bagged..

you want complete honesty,.. I do not believe for one hot second if TMZ had known not known he registered republican, this tape would have ever seen daylight...

it's not like the media didn't already know.. so what suddenly changed... oh.. they could tag him as a "registered" republican, even though his money only flowed left.

color me shocked...
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Good Democrat; paid off all of the important facilitators
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This young, attractive, sexy the "girlfriend" of an 80 year old man. The wife calls her a gold digger. (Nah, ya think?)

She secretly tapes a conversation, in which he tells this mixed race beauty that she can sleep around with the high profile guys she is bringing to games ...just don't post it on Facebook or Instagram.

I dunno...sounds like a guy being jealous telling his "girlfriend", if she wants not throw it in his face by shaming him to the world...and he throws in the race card on top of the jealousy.

Now, does that "excuse" the racial raging of an octogenarian twit, who is likely being played like a Stratavarius?

No, it just makes the whole broad farce more ridiculously pathetic. Would there be ANY outrage if a black octogenarian rich man was caught telling his young, beautiful, sexy, white girlfriend that she can sleep with Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Bon Jovi...just don't show up at his workplace posting pictures to the world of their dalliances?

Hell, in SOME neighborhoods...they would cheer a double homicide if the man killed her and one of her friends.

This fool thinks he had a mixed race "girlfriend". He got Jungle Fever and thought he could play racial games, betting all sides. There is so much racism in this story. It runs in every direction.

The left plays it up because the "narrative" runs the colors in the direction they want. Black men are outraged...but...reverse the scenario and there would not be an ounce of indignation...except against the "girlfriend".

Shuffle the deck of race cards and the "victims" and "oppressors" mysteriously exchange places. That is the true Magic of the story.

The utterly sad hypocrisy of every player on this pathetic stage. the toy...being manhandled by those who could care less about harmony, unity or "fairness" for all.

It's merely a play. We are forced to watch. With sadness. There are no heroes. On this stage...only villains. Including anyone who would throw Cliven Bundy into this story as gasoline on this funeral pyre.
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I would bet that if honesty in matters of race existed, shop owners of every race would repeat what he said and say that they don't market to blacks and take notice when they enter their establishment. Until blacks stop committing crimes at the rate they do in relation to their overall population, I'm afraid things will never change.
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So the racist owner of an NBA franchise also happens to be a major contributor to the Democrats. Insiders have known for years he's a racist but they let it slide. I wonder if they find it exceptionally creepy that an 80 year old sleazebag has a 20 year old girlfriend. Makes my skin crawl.
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This is still America and we have freedom of speech. You may not like what he said but he has broken no laws. Don't think the commissioners will do so well in court. The reaction is crazy. Better not hear a black man call me cracker. Do you think the team will quit and give up their salary. Bigots have rights. This is the most ridiculous rant that I've ever next to the fiesta at Dartmouth or Ali Hearsi's treatment. This country is going down the rat hole--the liberal disease is running the country. Happy to see that Rice was protested, Michelle too. Now Obama needs to be impeached over his lies over Bengazi.

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Yes. I thought we were all free to say anything in a private conversation. There is no law against BEING a racist as long as no one is harmed by a racist action. The guy is creep, a pathetic moron, and a Democrat but I repeat myself.
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Clippers are cursed.
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So, if these guys are offended they can quit, right. But then they would lose those millions of dollars that Sterling is paying them, and apparently they are not offended enough to do that.
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"No, but it’s news that the NAACP was going to honor a man sued three times by the Feds for discriminating against the very people the NAACP claims to protect."

It certainly isn't news that the NAACP is guided by abject stupidity.
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This as all just low-life theater featuring a ridiculous and pathetic old-school racist and a young gold-digger hustler. Why on earth has it been elevated to such a level of importance by everyone and why are all of the Clipper players and others making such a show of victimization - with others rushing to their aid? These are wealthy talented young men who - like all of us - should all make their own decisions about who they want to associate with and who they don't. If you think that Sterling misrepresented himself and his organization when you signed up, then get a lawyer and break your contract. If a company doesn't want their products associated with this guy then cancel your advertising and their ticket packages and sky boxes. If you are a fan and can't get past the disgusting attitudes of the owner, don't go or watch.

The best response is to look at him for what he is and realize that he cannot hurt you if you don't let him. Then have a good laugh at a pathetic old geezer who is probably not going to be around much longer anyway - in the NBA or anywhere. This should all be self correcting.
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Detroit, Newark, Oakland ... 50 years of Democratic Party rule. Forget this guy's attitude and even his private discrimination. Nothing oppresses blacks like Democrats in power. Detroit, Newark, Oakland !!!
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In a sane world, Sterling would become the poster child for the Left.

The key difference between him and Bill Clinton is that Bill seems to prefer white women.

As for Magic Johnson and the rest of the outraged NBA players, isn't it shocking that they never heard about Sterling's transgressions before now? How did the Tea Party hide all of that from them for so long?
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A hateful man is being exploited by his hateful girl (boy?) friend. Who is surprised that such a man is racist? Who is surprised that such a woman (man?) is an extortionist? A pox on both their houses and no more articles on such lowlifes, please.
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