If you’re an American and have a pulse you’re aware of the recent sentence issued from NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, to L.A. Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, which included banning him for life, fining him $2.5 million and urging NBA owners to implement a forced sale of the team. I think we’re all of the same mind acknowledging Donald Sterling is the antithesis of the type of person morally fit to possess a prominent leadership position like the one he holds – or held. All of which has elicited the legitimate reaction of, “Good riddance!” from the American people.
It’s public knowledge that Mr. Sterling has shown himself to be a pompous, deeply prejudice man time and time again for years – yet nothing was done until now. (And ironically, the NAACP was planning to present Sterling with an award on May 15th, with the Rev. Al Sharpton on hand!) Anyhow, Adam Silver had no choice and did the right thing in executing his judgment, but the manner that led to Sterling’s outing is somewhat troubling. As the article below bluntly points out, Sterling’s condemnation was a result not of actions, but of words; not his activity, but his opinions. Such a mindset is a slippery slope for freedom of thought and speech, particularly the thoughts and speech of those who we adamantly oppose. The NBA/Donald Sterling episode could be a forerunner, for example, of a person of biblical worldview defending the sanctity of traditional marriage, and losing everything because of it. Time will tell. For now, be prepared for a fight from Sterling’s camp and a lengthy litigation process that will most likely drag out for years.
“In November 2009, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling settled a lawsuit in which the Department of Justice alleged that Sterling had discriminated against Hispanics, blacks and families without children in his rental properties. The lawsuit contained testimony that Sterling had suggested Hispanics were poor tenants because they “smoke, drink, and just hang around the building,” and that “black tenants smell and attract vermin.” The settlement cost him and his insurers $2.73 million.
The NBA and the national media said virtually nothing. That same year, the NAACP gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, Sterling signed a check for more than $5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that he had attempted to prevent non-Koreans from renting in his facilities in Koreatown.
The NBA and the national media said virtually nothing. This week, Sterling’s 31-year-old girlfriend, V. Stiviano, released a tape of the 80-year-old racist being an 80-year-old racist. Sterling apparently told Stiviano he didn’t want her posting pictures of black men on her Instagram account and didn’t want her bringing black men to Clippers games. The entire media establishment suddenly went insane…”
Shapiro: Of Donald Sterling’s Racism and the Rise of Thoughtcrime – complete article – TRUTHREVOLT.org
Also, I recommend reading NBA great, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar’s, astute response to the scandal HERE via TOPRIGHTNEWS.com.