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.
The 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.