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Ten years ago if I told you during the height of the NBA play-offs the nation had its eye on the Los Angeles team, it most certainly would have been the Lakers. But, no! Not because of anything that’s happened on the court, the Los Angeles Clippers are the most talked about team in the league.  No need in rehashing the ugly details. Instead let’s Fast Break to the chase.

When the commissioner of the National Basketball Association announced that the Clippers owner Don Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, it sounded like a severe punishment until you consider the man is 81 years old.

He was also fined $2.5 million.  The NBA made its point.  Racism is very bad.

But I’m sorry, putting it all on Don Sterling and giving the league, the Los Angeles Clippers organization and everyone who profits from their games, a pass is unacceptable.

It’s like blaming one slave master for the entire institution of slavery. He’s wrong but he wouldn’t be allowed to exist if the system hadn’t supported him. Of course I’m not saying that the whole league is racist or that most owners, coaches and players were not appalled by Sterling’s actions.  I AM saying the whole league has some responsibility in letting Sterling stick around until it came to this ugly end.

After all, the racist remarks that got him were remarks made privately in his home…that just happened to be recorded by his “girlfriend.” (He apparently hadn’t read the player’s handbook)

But long before that he had given everyone enough indication that he had problems.

So how do we come to an equitable action?  I propose something sports analysts Doug and Ryan Stewart,  “The Two Live Stews ” said on the Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning. They suggested that along with banning Sterling, the commissioner busts up the entire Clipper operation That means set every Clipper free from in free agency. Yep. Those who want to stay can stay but those who want out of their contracts get to go to the highest bidder.

I’m just a D.J., but I also say from now on the Negro National Anthem and the National Anthem should be sung before every Clipper game.  Oh, yeah and a Clipper should get to date Sterling’s ex girlfriend, V. Stiviano as part of the deal.

I’m kidding but every NBA team, coach and owner needs to know what they stand to lose when they act in a way that proves that have hatred for any group of people. Don’t even start with “what about the players who use the N-word with each other.”  Let’s not confuse racism with ignorance.  You show me a coach or owner, black or white who is engaging in racism, sexism, homophobia and I say ban him, fine him and bust up his team, too.

Will this resolve racism? No. But neither did abolishing slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, or Affirmative Action.  A hard foul won’t keep a player from driving to the hoop.  But it will make him pay dearly for it.

Now the latest is that Donald Sterling has prostate cancer. What that has to do with him possibly losing the team, I don’t know.  Too bad there’s not surgery to remove hatred and racism.  Sterling is no fool. He’s a savvy attorney who made his fortune beating the system and he might do it again.

By the time this case is over the Clippers might be playing they were when no one cared whether Sterling was racist or not.  Instead of Oprah, P. Diddy, Floyd Mayweather and the rest clamoring to buy the team, they should invest in the product J. Anthony Brown and I want to market…that big fiberglass helmet that V. Stiviano wears, the “Hide-a-Ho.”

The Clippers are an iffy prospect, but young sidepieces bringing down men will be around forever.

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6 thoughts on “Is It Fair To Blame Donald Sterling?

  1. Ivan Cohen on said:

    $2.5 million to fine Donald Sterling, that’s “pocket change” to him. Wow, nice one Tom to imply on a sly that V. Stiviano is one of those “young sidepieces bringing down men.” Sterling brought his own self down. Those of his type also will be around forever.

  2. Michael Jay on said:

    Nobody’s putting it all on Don but he’s just the idiot who got caught! You cant catch these guys unless they slip and slip he did! Now because of that one slip we have uncovered his racist track rcord with the properties and businesses he owns and THAT we can put ALL on Don!

  3. S. Byrd on said:

    Yes, I blame Donald Sterling and I’m glad he got the full force of rath by the NBA. Sorry it couldn’t be sooner, but the people who are on the outside of the NBA where not aware of D. Sterling. As you can see when the national public got the inside scoop, they were outraged

  4. Hi Tom (I am a X mas Wish alum!!!!) but sadly listening to Durant’s speech about his mom reminded me of why the Sterlings will ALWAYS pimp desperate poor black “talented” athletes who come from homes where the parents aren’t doing their jobs. Most of these kids don’t value education. Their whole goal is to drop out of college and go play for the Sterlings!!! We don’t celebrate athletes like RGIII whose parents DID THEIR FREAKING JOB ensuring he GRADUATED!!!!! I’m sick and tired of horrible parents being celebrated when their kids strike it rich in the pros……..

  5. I still believe the nba made the right decision., whites have always pimped black folk, rather its been sports, on the job or whatever, they’ve always done called behind the senes.this time we took a stance, take a stance now for more minority ownership, minority coaches.sometimes ass black folk we sat back to long and say nothing.sterling was in allowing himself to be taped.she was questioning him like a cop at some point he should have just ended, guezs this is what he wanted, or he just felt untouchable cause he has money.if you feel this way torward blacks, why just not employ an all white team.

  6. 06050412 on said:

    Truth be told…… racism is alive and well in America. The old “slave master/mistress mentality” reaches from coast to coast. It effects our every day lives at work, at school, in church and in sports and entertainment. What we need to do is deal with it straight up. This is caused by racial hatred which, when left unchecked, becomes an illness. The effects are far reaching. It effects how people percieve themselves and how they view others. Racism is poison. Racism is toxic. I don’t care who you are: rich or poor, black or white, fat or skinny. If you harbor a racist attitude, it is just as unhealthy for you as it is the people you hate. A “doll” study doesn’t even scratch the surface. It solves nothing. It’s deeper than skin color. It’s a heart issue. Racists are heartless. Racists don’t see each person as their brother as the Holy Scriptures teach us. That’s the problem with racism.

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