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Strawman: Another "Sterling" Moment for the Entertainment World

9 months ago by Strawman

 

Donald Sterling is not a good guy. 

The soon-to-be-dethroned owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise got some on him earlier this week after comments he made to his flavor of the month girlfriend was revealed to the media.  Sterling’s racially charged observations more than crossed the politically correct line and, in a matter of moments, went viral—causing the NBA to banish Sterling from any future dealings with the Clippers and the NBA while fining him 2.5 million dollars---the league’s maximum penalty.  He’ll most likely be forced to sell the franchise he’s owned since 1981.  That should be interesting.  The Los Angeles Oprahs…….The L.A. Johnsons….catchy, don’t you think?

Donald Sterling is not a good guy.  

Sterling enjoys the company of young strippers, hookers, call them what you like, and has had no problem putting them on display courtside at the Clipper’s home games over the years.  Sterling’s wife, Shelly, who’s also north of 80, has dealt with Sterling’s appetite for young, skanky females.  Oh, and by the way, Shelly Sterling has also been accused of being a racist---long before this latest episode with her better half.  Yet another revelation.

Donald Sterling is not a good guy.

The billionaire has been sued a number of times, with most cases based around race and discrimination.  Prosecutors at the Federal level have accused Sterling’s rental company of refusing to lease to African-Americans.  A group of Sterling’s tenants have accused him of making racially insensitive statements and practicing in a discriminatory fashion.  And a former Clipper’s coach, NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, filed a wrongful termination suit against Sterling in 2009. Mr. Baylor is black.

Donald Sterling is not a good guy.

Born in the 1930s Sterling was brought up when people of color were thought to be less than equal.  The “N-word” was commonplace and some Caucasians were OK with being racially insensitive.  These aren’t excuses, it’s just that we’re dealing with a guy over 80 who grew up in a totally different world.  You might know someone kind of like Sterling, but not quite as bad.  But I hope you don’t.

Donald Sterling is not a good guy. 

And so you can see that Donald Sterling is pretty much a number 20 bag of dog crap.  But, he has lots of money.  And in this country the more money you have the louder you can turn up the volume.  Or, put another way, the more money you have, the more people will “overlook” your obvious shortcomings.  Like being a racist maggot. 

Surprisingly being a racist didn’t keep the NAACP from presenting Sterling with the Humanitarian Award in 2008 and the President’s Award in 2009.  And the NAACP was about to honor Sterling with the 2014 Humanitarian Award—before they discovered he was a racist this past week.  I’m starting to get the impression that Sterling was a really quiet, under the radar racist.  But what do we know?

Donald Sterling is not a good guy.  

But somebody must have thought he was OK. How else can you explain a person like Sterling being allowed to own a professional sports franchise?  Don’t you have to pass some sort ethics test before you can buy one of those things?  And how about NBA Commissioners Larry O’Brien, David Stern and Adam Silver?  Could they not see—did they not know that Donald Sterling is a bigot?  Were they not aware Sterling was a whore-monger, a racists, an embarrassment to the league?  They had to know, right?  Didn’t the other NBA team owners know that Sterling had some serious race problems?

I guess not. 

Looks like it wasn’t until Monday that all of the sordid details of Sterling’s 80 plus years on the planet just plopped onto the pavement like droppings from the family poodle.  And then, and only then, after the usual race baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson found a comfy spot on the let’s-get-all-offended-by-Sterling bandwagon, did the rest of the racially righteous put things into focus for those of us unable to tell the difference between a bigot and a good guy.

Donald Sterling is not a good guy.  

But a whole lot of people thought he was.  After all, they did cash his checks and they did spend the money he paid them didn’t they?

So, what does that say about them? 

In closing please understand that I, in no way, condone anything that Donald Sterling has done.  Sterling, along with a great number of those in the world of professional sports and entertainment, is shallow, void of character and lower than the low.

I just find it interesting that those who are so like him in so many ways want you and I to think that THEY are the most offended. 

Fascinating.

 

 

 

 

 


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