Here's good news for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the NAACP's set to present Sterling with a lifetime achievement award, by Lorraine Miller, interim President of the NAACP. Oops...Sterling said what? Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling told his girlfriend not to bring black people to games....And it's recorded?
Well, that lifetime achievement award, won't be happening any time soon for ole' racist Mr. Sterling!.Which by the way the embattled Clippers owner, who has a decades long history of discrimination and offensive behavior, seemed not to have a response.
That caused a lot of anger, and plenty of frustrated calls for immediate action. That echoed through the NBA last Saturday after an audio recording surfaced of a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling repremanding his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.
Maybe that explains why Los Angeles Clippers fell behind early and eventually been buried by a spirited Golden State Warriors squad if Donald Sterling hadn't kidnapped the news cycle and contaminated his team. Allegedly, Sterling said what he said, so now, the Clippers, already facing one difficult challenge, had to deal with a second on Sunday.If Golden State's 118-97 thrashing in Game 4 is any indication, the Clips weren't ready to handle both. Maybe Stephen Curry wouldn't have been able to capitalize on a dazed opponent with much more than basketball on its mind.
Racism in sports occurs in both team and individual sports around the world. Radio talk show host Don Imus was suspended for two weeks then fired by CBS after allegedlly racially disparaging comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.On April 11, 2007, with remarks calling the team "nappy headed hos" At the time it had led to a wide range of controversial incidents which have been reported in the media.
While on the air during Monday Night Football, ABC Sports Howard Cosell made during a live NFL football game because of a reference, during a play about Herb Mul-Key in 1973."Look at that little monkey run!" The sport itself does not induce racism. The people that participate in the playing,organization, and implementation of sports bring racism into sports.
Sounding off about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's reported racist rant, was none other than President Barack Obama. Sunday, our countries leader, the team owners comments allegedly made about African-Americans.Obama, said on CNN...''"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk," he said. "That's what happened here."
Obama went on to say Sterling's supposed comments prove that "the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation,"adding, "that's still there, the vestiges of discrimination. We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often."
Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, a target of Sterling's remarks, said he wouldn't attend Clippers' games as long as Sterling was the owner.Miami Heat star LeBron James asked new In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level." to take aggressive measures, saying "there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league."
Hmm...could all this negative attention be Sterlings exit stragedy? Didn't all this start with a domestic fight with his girlfriend in a room wired for sound. Maybe he wants out, because he's had enough...now all he wants to do is sell.. take the money.. and run.
Chicago icon Michael Jordan former NBA player and Bobcats Chairman said Sunday,"I look at this from two perspectives - as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I'm obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views". "As a former player, I'm completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA or anywhere else for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed,In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level." "
NBA Commishioner Adam Silver will plan on making a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly."
The Los Angeles Clippers wore their shooting shirts and practice jerseys inside-out before their playoff game against the Golden State Warriors Sunday afternoon in a protest.The Clippers discussed the possibility of boycotting Game 4 of their first-round playoff series with the Warriors.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers to spoke for the team.As the Clippers players took the court before Sunday's game, they all tossed their warm-up jackets with the Clippers name on the front to midcourt and then warmed up with their shooting shirts inside out.
That would be like fast food workers upset that there wasn't actually beef but manure in those buns, but making them anyway in their street clothes instead of uniforms.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers also addressed the comments, adding, "I didn't like the comments. I'm going to tell you now. I'm speaking on behalf of the team, so the players are not going to deal with this issue. We had a great team meeting this morning about it.""A lot of guys voiced their opinions," he continued. "None of them were happy about it.
This is a situation where we are trying to go after something very important for us, something we've dreamed about all of our childhoods…we're not going to let anyone get in the way of those dreams."
It's a shame, for The Los Angeles Clippers the entire matter is disturbing and unbelievably sad.