My Stupid Opinion
I have the same feelings towards Donald Sterling that I have towards Klansmen… none! That’s right, I don’t care. He’s just another old racist being paraded around on TV as the poster child for modern inequality. Instead of focusing on actual racists (ie George Zimmerman), we focus on billionaires with silly opinions and way too much time on their hands. He didn’t hurt anybody. He didn’t chase a black child down with a handgun and shoot him in the back. He made one ignorant comment in PRIVATE! We have way bigger fish to fry, don’t we?
I don’t care what you say in private. The problem is the NBA cares a lot. See, the NBA is a business. Like all businesses, they have to maintain a certain image. When something like this gets out, even when it’s in private, it’s considered detrimental to the organization. Doesn’t matter if it was in private or not, it still hurts the reputation of the organization. According to Sterling’s contract, the NBA can remove him for pretty much anything. It doesn’t matter why, they can just do it. Your freedom of speech is really only protected against the government, not private organizations with very strict contracts such as this one. So, Sterling and his pretty little play thing are shit out of luck right now if they expect to get a giant settlement from the NBA. I wouldn’t be too confident about having that $2,000,000 fee waived either. The NBA needs to make it look like they’re doing something to stop the big bad wolf of the Clippers.
What’s really sad about this situation is Mr. Sterling’s current state of health. It’s obvious based on recent interviews that he’s senile. I don’t mean that in a mean, metaphorical sense sense, I mean that in a literal sense. The poor man is senile! I don’t care what his opinion is, just let the man live his last years in peace. I’m not trying to justify his opinion, I’m trying to justify showing love and compassion to this man when everyone else is against him. I don’t care what his opinion is, he’s still human.
Remember Michael Vick? He killed dogs as a hobby and still makes millions of dollars a year in the NFL. Donald Sterling, a senile old man makes one ignorant comment and he gets fired and fined by the NBA. Which goes to show you that being racist isn’t politically correct, but killing animals is. One thing the NBA doesn’t realize is that actions and words are too very different things. Evidently, when it comes to sports, the lines between the two are very blurred. His comments didn’t change the team, didn’t change the game, and didn’t cause riots. So why did we paint a scarlet letter on him so quickly? Was it because we dislike racism? Probably not. Was it because of white guilt and political correctness? Probably.
I thought I’d just include a random quote for your consideration:
“People say slavery had ended. I think they just renamed it ‘the NBA’ ” -Kenny Vs. Spenny