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Donald Sterling Has Destroyed The Integrity Of The Game


By now we’ve heard the disparaging racist remarks by Donald Sterling. If you haven’t, then I’m sure you at least have a gist of the story. Just to bring you up to speed, check this out:


Now the title of this post might come off as me painting with a broad brush. As a matter of fact both white and black and whites have brought some shame to the NBA in the past. It’s something that is bound to go on forever. We are human and will continue to make mistakes. At the same token, those who do bring shame to the league also are dealt consequence.

Now here we are in the shadows of the month of May.

It’s the first round of the NBA playoffs. We get an extremely racist leaked phone call. Donald Sterling is the owner of a top playoff contender namely the Los Angeles Clippers. The majority of his team is black. Everyone has their ideas on what the team should do in light of all that’s happened. Some people think that the team should throw games. Some others feel that the Clippers shouldn’t play at all. I agree that some sort of protest should occur. I also recognize that I am not in the playoffs currently. I also do not have any chance of winning an NBA title this year.

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What I’m inching towards is that Donald Sterling has put his team in arguably the most compromising position ever. Now my lifetime hasn’t been too long, but I’ve never seen a scenario like this.

Imagine that you play a competitive sport for a living.

You’ve played this sport for the majority of your life. Your driving force daily is to be apart of the absolute best ensemble of talent there is. You want to play for a winning team. You end your season  with a damn good record. With a couple tweaks here and there you can be a legitimate title contender. EVERYTHING seems to be going to plan. Then the guy who signs your checks basically says that you’re good enough to generate money for me, but not good enough to have a beer with in public.

There’s no question that these guys no longer want to play for a Donald Sterling.

But at the same token, these fellas want to play for a championship. They want to play for something they worked their whole life to attain. They want to play for their own legacy. Now if these remarks were made during the regular season, I am pretty sure the Clippers starters might’ve sat out a few games. Maybe the team would’ve thrown a couple of games. The sheer fact that we can drum up these scenarios compromises the integrity of basketball. The reality that this Donald Sterling situation certainly affected Clippers continuity during their game Sunday afternoon compromises the game’s integrity. Telling someone to no longer do what they love compromises integrity. Make no bones about it though, all reasoning for them to not play makes sense to me. I only want people to understand why they will continue to play. It isn’t for the Sterling Legacy. It’s truly for their own. I can’t blame them.

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This is a real cheap band aid on the issue.

As this story develops we’ll likely see more acts of solidarity throughout the league. I encourage all of us fans to continue to enjoy this year’s playoffs. For us it’s Christmas every night. I give the Clippers a whole heap of support for the remainder of the season. It can’t possibly be easy. But if nothing changes with ownership, next year’s Clippers might damn well be this year’s Lakers.

How do you all feel about this whole Donald Sterling business? Should the Clippers continue to play?

These are my words and I make no apologies.

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  1. I think they should play, its a messy situation but being honest, no one cares about the owners. We know the Cubans and Jones but owners sit in the box and gets first dibs on the trophy. Players play for the money, the game, the fans and each other…

    That being said, Sterling gotta go nobody is gonna wanna play there, sponsors wont touch him and its all downhill from here

  2. This is just an unfortunate situation. At the end of the day The Clippers have to play for themselves, their team and to support their families and if they were to win the championship they’d be winning a ring for that owner and that’s just not fair. In a perfect world we would love for him to step down but the reality of the situation is he’ll probably just get suspended for the remainder of the playoffs. The Clippers will be taking a big hit business wise, no one wants to support that

  3. “the guy who signs your checks basically says that you’re good enough to generate money for me, but not good enough to have a beer with in public.”
    That’s exactly what he’s saying. Not much different than the early and mid 1900’s, telling entertainers like Cab Calloway, “you can sing and perform in my club and make me money, but you have to come and go through the back door.” “And don’t even think about staying to eat and drink. Once your done take your black azz back to the cotton field.” This is an old white man, (probably from somewhere down south) whose ancestors possibly owned slaves.
    I am disappointed and disgusted, but considering the source, I’m not surprised.
    The solution to situations like this. We need to start doing whatever we have to do to become the Owners of the teams; not just players. Jay-Z is a pretty good benchmark. Say what you will about him, but he is a damn savvy businessman.
    If we want to be treated and respected as business people and business owners, and not “slaves” more of us need to become business owners and work for and with one another.

  4. Sterling should not be able to profit from the sale of the team which is reportedly worth $575m and should be forced by the other owners to donate any/all proceeds to some sort of racial tolerance non-profit, academics/ahtletic scholarship, or something of the kind….

  5. Wow, you’re right, this guy is an a$$hole! What a racist scumbag, giving all those black guys jobs and paying them millions of dollars to play a kids’ playground game. How dare he?

  6. The chick who leaked personal conversations is the one who destroyed the integrity of the game. Nobody would care about this situation if not for the amount of press it got. Because he has had much more egregious offenses towards race documented publicly like the housing discrimination situation and nobody cared about that. Not the press, the NBA, the team’s staff or the players on his team. If they did care they didn’t care enough to talk about it publicly like they are now.

  7. In my opinion, the Donald Sterling issue has three parts. The first part is the fact that he is obviously a racist. Although he is entitled to his personal feelings, his racism did in fact go into practice with prior claims that were sort of brush under the rug (do some research). The second part is that his rights to privacy were violated and the reality is because he did not know that he was being recorded, if this trial should go to court, those recordings would not stand as evidence. Finally the third part is that we need to stop praising his girlfriend like she is some NAACP revolutionary that exposed Sterling. She had been with this man for years and knows clearly who he is and his racism. She had already been showered with gifts, and according to the recordings, allowed to sleep with other men. When she released the recordings, she had an agenda. And that agenda had to do with her getting ahead at a price….Good Read!

    1. Each state’s laws are different. Are you sure she violated his right to privacy in the State this recording occurred?

      Who is praising “V”?

  8. How is the integrity of the game destroyed?

    The game is the game. Personal choices/compromises may affect personal integrity, but trying to mash it all together as if it’s one….is improper. Someone replied that V ruined the integrity which is even worse, improper-ness. SMH

    V is his mistress. She had motives from the start of relationship to the point of releasing the dialogue. She knew what backlash it would cause, and she set out to punish him; which worked. All prior complaints got swept under the rug and $$$ prevailed for him, players, and constituents for many years. The same people who coddled him and ignored the prejudice will undoubtedly continue with the game in whatever facet is important to them. It certainly isn’t because of a dream! I won’t compromise who I am nor my integrity for anyone.

    None of this surprises me. Frankly the reactions here, from most people, is more of a surprise than his actions.

    1. Well I did say the title of my post was painting with a broad brush. But what I meant by it is that now that we know what we know, the players have to play with another consciousness. There was a pressure not to play. And that was almost a reality if the Commissioner didn’t rule as he did. To Have a team have something way more pressing on their mind than the task at hand during the playoffs is compromising. Outside influences compromising how hard they won’t play is compromising. So technically yes it’s one man’s sentiment. But it’s the sentiment of a guy in a position of power. It did compromise the integrity of the game if you saw the Clippers be thoroughly handled by the Warriors last weekend.

      1. I recognized the broad stroke, and my perception was “basketball” as opposed to solely “Clipper’s Games”. Nonetheless, I respectfully disagree. Distractions, such as this, are temporary.

  9. They should play, bottom line is, Sterling isn’t the only racist owner in pro sports, it’s just he was foolish enough to get caught up. it’s a shame though that african americans get up in arms over the statements he made but yet and still continue to refer to each other as “ni**a”. Or not taking pride in their neighborhoods, or worse the fact that people continue to buy MJ’s kicks but don’t speak out against his transgressons, one of which referring to a black rapper as a “ni**a”

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