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The "Sterling" Example

Updated on May 1, 2014

The Man And His Bimbo

By now the diversion of Donald Sterling, the beleaguered owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, shouldn't have escaped too many people's attention even those on the left. What the lefties probably are gnashing their teeth over is that Sterling isn't a conservative Republican. If he was they would have slammed the race card down on the table many times by now. The Lame Stream Media would have had a field day and every race baiter in the nation would be pounding the drums with a fury never seen before.

I'm almost certain they would be burning him in effigy as they did when Clive Bundy made his own innocuous statements which were taken completely out of context and edited in an unbelievable manner but that's another story.

Sterling And His Wife

Thankfully it appears that Sterling, the bigoted billionaire, has never given even a red penny to anyone on the right. But note the irony that he has made generous contributions to the NAACP and, until his bubble got burst, was about to be given a second award by that same organization. Five years ago they gave this bigot a lifetime achievement award due to his largess. Money seems to talk even to hypocrites or maybe especially to hypocrites. They were set to give him another gold star on his previous award when his bimbo wanted her 15 minutes of fame and released what appear to be unauthorized recordings.

The conversation she released was ripe with juiciness! Sterling told V. Stiviano (does she have a first name?) that "he didn’t care if she dated a black man, made him dinner, or even slept with him. But he didn’t want her to take a picture with one, or bring one to a Clippers game." Wowser what a set of priorities this octogenarian has! His young hottie can sleep with a black man but no pics and no game times for him?

So who should happen along but a basketball legend himself who knew Donald Sterling. He wrote an op-ed for Time concerning all the finger wagging and moral head nods that were coming his way.

Here's what Kareem Abdul Jabbar had to say about the bimbo and her antics:

"And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing ‘pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.’ She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee."

The man does have a way with words. He obviously got an education when he attended UCLA back in the day.

So here we sit not knowing "why" she recorded the telephone call. We don't know how TMZ received a copy to air the dirty laundry of a private conversation. Stivano claims she didn't do the deed.. Someone did it because the audio appeared on the infamous gossip show and the parade began with glee! The team's players turned their shirts inside out thereby hiding the team's insignia before Sunday night's playoff game. Other teams aped the Clipper's players. The Clipper's didn't let the distraction prevent them from doing what they are paid to do. That would be to play professional basketball. Advertisers were dodging and ducking along with the coach of the team but they prevailed against the Golden State Warriors and smacked them down in game 5 with a 113-103 score.

The usual race baiters made their obligatory appearances to earn their fees. Reverend Al Sharpton, never one to be camera shy, had to show his mug (well maybe lower than his mug) to perform his usual racial ranting. He demanded that the NBA Commissioner meet with him so that he could give him his sage racist advice in person. But he qualified his meet up stating that he had to go to Washington DC first to pony up with the Congressional Black Caucus. Can you imagine the outrage if a Congressional White Caucus was suddenly formed? Mug for the cameras some more to earn your keep Al.

Michael Jordan, another basketball legend who rarely comments on issues of race, even weighed in as an owner (Charlotte Bobcats) and former player with these comments:

"As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views… As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed."

Michael makes much more sense than grandstand Al Sharpton could ever muster. Of course Michael Jordan is a true legend while Sharpton is just a legend in his own mind.

The Outcome Of The Court Of Public Opinion

The ultimate sanction of being banned from the National Basketball Association for life seems to have been handed down by the court of public opinion. That seems to be common these days rather than using the appropriate legal channels. I'm in no way condoning what Sterling said but also not too happy with how illegally taped conversations were spread over the airwaves thereby negating any consideration of due process.

Where this goes now is anyone's guess since Donald Sterling says he won't sell the team. Sounds like "I'll see you in court time." No telling what the legal ramifications are for his bimbo since she violated California law concerning recorded conversations. This is an example of a media circus gone amok with "he said, she said and they said" just confusing the whole situation.

Will I mind if you share these observations with your family and vast array of friends? Not at all.

As Always,

The Frog Prince


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    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      I guess ultimately what we can take out of this is that nobody is free to voice their own opinion in the privacy of their own home. Sterling's views are certainly reprehensible, but I wasn't sure until now that we had been lowered into the depths of Orwellian thought crime. I admire your passion for your opinions.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Sterling is not a favorite of mine. Thanks for bringing this information forward for us to digest -- it's hard to do so, but at least we are informed.

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      big daddy oreo 

      4 years ago

      Black skin would make donald sterling look like a tough sumbitch.

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      4 years ago from upstate, NY

      Sterling and the NAACP, I believe are typical of liberals in their hypocrisy. They love to publicly proclaim their platitudes on racism while privately holding an entirely different agenda.

      It is alarming that merely being a jerk is now against the law. Political correctness has become so common place that people don't seem to even notice anymore. I don't think many of us would fair very well if we were judged according to our private conversations.

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      Old Poolman 

      4 years ago

      Jackie Lynnley - I agree with you. Had he said this publicly, there would be reason for outrage. What a person says in the privacy of their own home or even in their car is not public information.

      I doubt there are very many out there who never say exactly what is on their mind in private among friends or family.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think the man is a jerk but I kind of agree with Poolman and personally I think what you say in your own home behind closed doors should stay there. Would all who are judging him be willing to let their indoor words out to laundry? I wonder.

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      Naomi's Banner 

      4 years ago from United States

      Being rich and in the lime light does hve it's price. I in no way condone his comments, however, we all are entitled to our own opinion. This still America isn't it?

      I believe what she did was equally appalling I that she dishonored a trust and illegally recorded and broadcast a private conversation.

      I giver her an F for decency and the jury is still out on his grade.

    • FitnezzJim profile image


      4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      I wonder if the guy who issued the decree 'sell the team or we'll sell it for you' exceeded his legal authority. Will he end up getting sued?

      Seems to me the lady could have waited until Sterling actually denied access to her friends, rather than just talking about it. The situation would make more sense then. As is, could she be sued for having aired a private conversation that had such devastating consequences?

      From this remote point of view, the situation smells like a setup. It is like an acted out precursor to a publicity trial, or an excuse for suing someone. I’d not be surprised to learn at some future time that some money crossed hands somewhere, other than just Sterling to the NAACP.

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      4 years ago

      While I can't approve of what Sterling said on the recording, it's not clear to me how exercising the First Amendment can lead to sanctions from the NBA, unless Sterling knowingly and willingly waived a portion of his First Amendment rights as a condition of owning an NBA team. Absent such a contractual waiver, NBA sanctions against free speech are nothing more than "thought control." I concede that groups having a core mission to advocate for a particular cause have a right to deny membership to those with opposing views, based on freedom of association principles (freedom of association implies the concomitant freedom not to associate). But the NBA is not a "cause;" the NBA is a business. Hence, under the First Amendment, even my earlier point about contractual waivers must itself be considered highly tentative with respect to exculpating the NBA; i.e., can viewpoint discrimination, even mutually agreed to by all parties to a contract, be consistent with the freedom of conscience protections in the First Amendment? If yes, does that mean a grocery store (a purely non-advocacy entity, simply a business) can require patrons to sign a document swearing they will never engage in particular viewpoint speech as a condition of being allowed to shop there? There is no direct answer to this in our highest laws. Clearly, grocery stores cannot deny entry to patrons on the basis of immutable birth conditions, as his would violate federal special class provisions, which themselves are Constitutionally proper due to the DOI's proclamation that "all men are created equal." The DOI is law per the Ninth Amendment, not merely a letter to King George III. As a result of historical bigotry at the State and municipal level (southeastern apartheid), even though the federal government has no enumerated power to make social law, federal special classes are Constitutional on the basis of interposition. Since special classes relate to immutable birth conditions (race, national origin, etc.), they do not specifically protect against non-governmental viewpoint discrimination. The very tricky question here is whether or not Congressional intent, regardless of the textual wording, intended special class treatment to apply to viewpoint protection as a matter of the "spirit of the law." This may be an area of law where the constructionist answer is not clear.

    • The Frog Prince profile imageAUTHOR

      The Frog Prince 

      4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I plan on continuing to write Jim. For those who doubt what you say about the NAACP and money I suggest they read this.

    • FitnezzJim profile image


      4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      I thought I had heard the NAACP in Los Angeles was willing to forgive Sterling for his comments. If true, now we know why. He was a really big contributor.

      Money is not biased, it buys people with causes equally.

      And if you choose to listen to a Sterling, try listening to Lindsey Sterling rather than Donald Sterling.

      Great article, keep on writing.

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      Old Poolman 

      4 years ago

      While I disagree with what he said, I do question his right to say what he did. Are we going to reach the point where the "Thought Police" will come and arrest us for some racial thing we thought about?

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 years ago from now on

      You are probably right on Annette with your point of view, but if anyone in the media were to express your thoughts (although in private I'm sure many would agree with you) you know they would be called on the carpet for defending a racist or labeled racists themselves. That is the PC world we live in.

    • Annette Akerman profile image

      Annette Akerman 

      4 years ago

      So, what am I missing here? She can do whatever she wants with a black guy in private, but don't take pics with him and don't bring him to a Clipper's game. Sounds more like a pathetic old man's cry for mercy than a racist comment. At 80, I seriously doubt he is a roll in the hay; but he has plenty of bank roll! Get real - this is the farthest thing from a racist comment anyone can get if one looks at it logically. Oh, I forgot, we're dealing with liberals again - geeezzzz! Give me a break!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 years ago from now on

      Does make one wonder just what recordings of the black NBA players speaking in private could reveal about how they might think of whites. Any of these players followers of Minister Louis Farrakhan - Nation of Islam? How about Spike Lee, notorious for his anti-White and anti-Semitic comments and movies and his fan-worship of racist Louis Farrakhan, was sitting in the audience, right in the front row, where he was welcomed and embraced by the NBA brass and the media.

      No double standards here?

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      4 years ago

      I guess the NBA has the right to ban this guy, but I can't stand the way this all came about. Secret recordings disgust me as much as his stupid remarks.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 years ago from now on

      I guess the only difference between Sterling and Harry Reid is that Reid apologized for his racist statements Other than that Reid (like Sterling) like to point out all they do for the good ole slave owners should do...while they talk disdainfully about them in private. Of course in Reid's case we all know the apology was solely to keep his power, Sterling doesn't need to apologize to keep his power.


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