Sterling Move


I am a big basketball and Houston Rockets fan, and the NBA playoffs are currently underway. It has been one of the best first rounds that I can remember, like ever. It almost feels like March Madness with all of the extra quarters that has been played.

Unfortunately, it has been riddled with the issues surrounding Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling. Sterling was handed down one of the harshest penalties by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for a wide range of racist tangents: a lifetime ban(never mind that the guy is 80 years old) from the NBA, a $2.5M fine, and pressure to sell the Clippers. Silver has asked for the vote of 3/4ths of the required NBA owners to “make” Sterling sell his team.

Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano

After the punishment was announced, there has been several mixed responses and comments regarding the whole thing. Does the punishment fit the crime? What happened to being entitled to your own opinion? The likes.

So, here are my three cents about the whole thing:

1. The Punishment:

The punishment fits the issue, there was no crime committed, depending on how you look at it. Racism should never be tolerated, and if one has the opportunity to squash any qualms about it, they should take it. The NBA made a statement as to what a bigot’s place in the league is, but I am not sure if the same punishment would have been carried out had the comments been about sexual orientation or say, religion.

2. Donald Sterling:

Donald Sterling was racist long before this event took place. According to wiki, he was previously sued by the US Department of Justice and by former Clipper’s executive/Hall of Famer, Elgin Baylor, for race and age discrimination. He did not become a bigot over night. The league and the players knew before hand what they were dealing with when it came to Donald Sterling.

Side Note: The Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP has previously awarded Sterling with a lifetime achievement award and cancelled plans to award him a second one next month.

3. Donald Sterling and the NBA/Basketball:

After reading some of Sterling’s comments and contract negotiation remarks with regards to race, I can’t help but wonder why no one had previously challenged this man like he should have been. I mean he pretty much believes that Black people are vermin. It took a woman to take him out of NBA arenas. Wiki says that, Sporting News has called him the “worst owner in basketball”, and The New York Times and Forbes have labeled him, “worst owner”, IN SPORTS, and there has been some really bad ones. So, Donald Sterling never was good for the sport or the league and all of this was bound to happen. It just took a long ass time. Money stretches time, I guess.

Let’s hope that all of this helps to preserve some of the league’s and the sport’s integrity and serves as some sort of heed to others out there in the dark. Well, in the NBA, anyways.

EXTRA: Social Media is a force to be reckoned with.



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5 thoughts on “Sterling Move

  1. There are a lot of holier than thou people coming out of the woodwork on this. Let
    s get a transcript of their private thoughts and conversations.

    • Janis Gabriel says:

      Yes, I agree. I think it resonated to many because of the NBA’s reach. Also, not trying to seem holier than thou, if that is what the post implied, as I have my own vices, I just wanted to weigh in on the issue 🙂

  2. I love social media days like yesterday. Twitter is relentless.
    Mostly I’m confused as to how NAACP could offer one person 2 lifetime achievement awards. WHUUUT.

    Fantastic playoffs. Also this was a good move for Silver as his first big decision as commish. It’s not illegal but it is very costly. Especially when it’s on tape and social media gets a whiff of it. All of his craziness has been documented, it just took something like this to make it national news. I agree it wouldn’t have been as big of a deal if it were a different race or religion (see: Redskins issues).

    Go Rockets!

    • Janis Gabriel says:

      I am with you on the lifetime achievement award thing. I think Silver was brave, but influenced. Social media is a bia…I don’t think Stern would have handed down the same punishment.


  3. After some a bit of researching, I’d have to say… It’s a bit scary when private conversations become a means for legal punishment. I read what Kareem Abdul Jabbar had to say about the whole situation, and I’d have to agree that it feels like the whole thing was a set up. Don’t get me wrong though; I think it’s good that this man is finally being reprimanded overall, but I think the way it was done & when it was done is a bit dirty. Like many people have said, how come they waited this long to get him despite past offenses? And yes, what if it had been comments about religion or sexual orientation? And that also brings into the conversation a whole other discourse on political correctness & the right to one’s own thoughts, be it offensive or in a joking manner… I don’t condone racism or any type of offensive comments overall because there’s just no need for such negativity to exist in the world… But I think because this was a conversation between two people IN PRIVATE is what trips me out.
    Anyway, I could write on and on about this, but in the end, I suppose it takes a little bit of evil to get rid of a bigger evil & overall achieve something for the greater good?


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