Donald Sterling banned from NBA for being Donald Sterling

I’d prefer if the team was just kicked out of the league and the players be allowed to sign with other teams.

Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, found out the hard way that Adam Silver, the newly crowned commissioner of the NBA, is not someone to be trifled with. Silver announced yesterday that Sterling is banned from the NBA for life. Considering that he’s eighty years old, that may not be for very long. Also, Silver said he’s calling for the other 29 owners of NBA teams to hold a vote to force Sterling to sell the Clippers. Lastly, Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 million, the most that an owner can be fined by the NBA.

Adam Silver made it abundantly clear that, unlike he predecessor, he has no patience for Sterling’s racist shenanigans.

Good.

I’d prefer it if this racist old coot didn’t have to sell the Clippers. It bothers me that when he sells the team, he will pocket a windfall. He paid only $12.5 million for the Clippers back in 1981. When he sells it, he will rake in considerably more. He ran the team into the ground for decades, yet when he sells, he will be adding a substantial amount it his already massive fortune.

That just doesn’t seem right.

I’d prefer if the team was just kicked out of the league and the players be allowed to sign with other teams. I don’t know if that is possible under the NBA constitution, but it should be.

Why I have zero sympathy for Doc Rivers

One of the many things I find fascinating about the controversy over racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is how some people are acting like Sterling being a racist jerk-face is something new. It’s not. Of all the people now pretending to be surprised by the racist allegations about Sterling, none has been more vocal than Clippers coach and VP of basketball operations, Doc Rivers.

From Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports:

Rivers, who signed a three-year, $21 million contract last summer to become the Clippers coach and vice president of basketball operations, said he’s unsure whether he’ll return to the team if Sterling remains owner.

“I don’t want to answer that question,” Rivers said. “I don’t know. This just happened.”

No, it didn’t.

espn.the.magazine.june.1.2009The world has known for a long time that Donald Sterling was a racist asshat. There was even an extensive article on Sterling and what a terrible human being he is, in the June 1, 2009, issue of ESPN The Magazine. I can’t be the only person who remembers reading it. In the article, among other things, it reports how Sterling made racially disparaging comments about black and Hispanic tenants living in his buildings.

Doc Rivers is an intelligent man. Before agreeing to work for Donald Sterling, he should have found out the type of person he was going to be working for. It’s not like he had to take the Clippers job, technically he was still under contract with the Boston Celtics.

If Rivers doesn’t want to work for a racist douchebag, he should have just honored his contract with the Celtics.

Donald Sterling doesn’t care if his girlfriend has sex with someone who has HIV

Racist slumlord Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has been captured on an audio recording talking to V. Stiviano, his girlfriend, about a photo she posted on the Instagram showing her with NBA Hall of Fame player and Lakers great Magic Johnson. Sterling had a problem with the photo because Johnson is a man of color, and he didn’t like Stiviano broadcasting that she associates with black people, even though, ironically, she is of black and Hispanic heritage.


I have to wonder if Sterling and Stiviano were actually in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship in the classical sense. In the audio, Sterling can be heard telling Stiviano that he doesn’t care if she has sex with Magic Johnson, he just doesn’t want her posting pictures of Johnson on the Instagram or bringing him to Clippers games. Considering that Johnson has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, you’d think he wouldn’t want his girlfriend, someone you would assume he has a sexual relationship with, exposing herself to HIV.

Most men would have a problem with their girlfriend having sex with anyone, let alone someone who has HIV.

It’s pretty obvious that V. Stiviano recorded the conversation. It sounded like she knew they were being recorded. She’s currently being used by Rochelle Sterling, the wife of Donald Sterling, for sexually seducing Donald so that he would shower her with money and expensive gifts. I think Stiviano recorded this conversation and then her lawyers probably gave it to TMZ. If Stiviano recorded this conversation with Donald Sterling, I’m sure she also recorded others.

I can’t wait to hear them.

Update: Deadspin has acquired a longer version of the audio between Sterling and Stiviano.