RACISM REARED its ugly head once again this weekend. It occurred on one of the nation’s biggest stages — The National Basketball Association.
Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling turned into a national punching bag Saturday. Sterling became a magnet for outrage after allegedly making disparaging comments about blacks.
The comments were contained in an audio recording released by TMZ. The recording had a man, identified as Sterling, in a argument with his girlfriend, spawned by her posting a picture of her on Instagram posing with basketball legend Magic Johnson.
The man continued by saying, “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. I’m just saying, in your Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.”
The remarks drew condemnation from all sectors of society. NBA players, coaches and politicians took shots at Sterling, and deservedly so.
Sterling has owned the Clippers for 30 years. He made his billions in the real estate industry. He also encountered a racial firestorm in that business as well.
In 2009, the Clippers’ owner agreed to a $2.7 million settlement in an alleged discrimination case against Latinos and African Americans at Sterling-owned apartments in Southern California.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is restraining punishment, waiting for verification that the voice on the audio is that of Sterling.
Should it be found that Sterling is truly indeed the person issuing such disgusting remarks on the tape, Silver must hammer the Clippers’ owner with the harshest punishment NBA rules allow.
Moreover, fellow league owners should band together to force Sterling to sell his team, much like Major League Baseball did when Reds’ owner Marge Schott also made comments supporting the policies of Adolph Hitler.
Days of racism in this country should be long in the rear view mirror.
Unfortunately, it appears that some individuals in high-profile positions fail to understand that.