Clippers owner Donald Sterling caught in racial controversy

Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers in National Basketball Association.  Has been involved in some recent trouble concerning a racist audio tape of him saying that he doesn’t want any more African-Americans attending Clippers games anymore.

Many in the NBA and others want the NBA to punish Sterling to the maximum penalty allowed. NBA players most notable Lebron James has said that there is no place in the league for Donald Sterling; others say they will not play for the Clipper owner.

According to the Huffington Post, this is not the first time that Sterling has been at the forefront of racial discrimination. In 2005 he was accused of discriminating black and Hispanic tenants as part of his other businesses. A lawsuit was filed but later reached a settlement.

NBA Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson also commented on the matter.

Jordan released according USA Today, “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. I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. 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.”

Johnson stated that he would never attend a Clippers game so long as Sterling is the owner.  Others such as Kobe Bryant and President Barak Obama have shared similar comments.

Sterling has been long considered as the worst of owner in the NBA and possibly all sports has had a bad history and must change. The league and most importantly new Commissioner Adam Silver will thoroughly investigate the situation and deliver a punishment that will hopefully satisfy all those affected by the statements.

My own assessment is that Sterling does what’s in the best interest of the Clippers and the NBA by selling the franchise to a new ownership group; while also being punished by a fine and to never be able own another NBA franchise.


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