A Sterling debacle in LA

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Matt’s Take:

Leave it to someone from Los Angeles to steal the thunder from the NBA Playoffs.

Instead of enjoying the games, we have all been inundated with non-stop talk of the “racist remarks” made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Mind you this report surfaced on the gossip site TMZ, but if the comments made by Sterling are true, then he deserves to be punished severely by the league. There is no room in sports for racism or hatred.

If you want to listen to the full audio, click on over the aforementioned site, or any other site on the interwebs for that matter.

In essence, Sterling was recorded telling his girlfriend, who is African American and Mexican that he does not approve of her being around other African American people and posting pictures with them to the social photo sharing site Instagram.

He allegedly says “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”

Sterling goes on to say “And don't bring him to my games. OK?” referring to former Los Angeles Lakers icon Magic Johnson.

So the question I have is this. Is Sterling a racist?

Honestly it doesn’t even matter. Sterling is obviously in the wrong, racist or not.

Does he deserve to be “fired” or banned from the game? No.

This may not sound like the popular answer, but it’s the right answer. Being a bigot or a racist isn’t grounds for being banned from the NBA.

The shame involved with his comments should be all the punishment he needs. I’m sure the disgust of his team, the city of Los Angeles and the rest of the country doesn’t help either.

Andrew’s Take:

If “diversity” isn’t your thing, stay away from basketball. And definitely don’t buy a team, in Los Angeles.

Does the name Rodney King mean anything to you, Don?

If I were allotted enough words, I would explain exactly how troubled I am, from every angle of the Donald Sterling story.

But life is short, and this subject is very disheartening, so brevity is probably a good thing.

I love being an American. I respect the general conservative aspect of our culture, relative to other western countries. The idea of “community policing” is very appealing to me, especially with public figures.

But enough is enough. I’m all “blue” on this one. Hello, bleeding-heart Andrew.

I don’t care what the law says. If Silver is not forced out, justice has not been served.

In appropriate fashion, uproar has ensued. And it doesn’t look like political discussions are needed. But now, you know where I stand, just in case.

Please do not associate me with every person who calls for Sterling’s removal. It doesn’t take a genius to understand right and wrong on this one. So there are a lot of others who have reached the same ultimate decision.

I could understand how a team comprised, mostly, of African Americans could want to act out. But when the Los Angeles Clippers held their “silent protest,” it was a bit misguided. What else do you expect from Millenials. We’re all misguided.

The Clippers should have played the game, without addressing the issue. They should have risen above.

But Generation Y isn’t the only group that is over reacting. Everyone is. Even President Obama even issued a statement. Does he really have to say anything for the rest of us to know exactly how he feels?

Here’s what I’m getting at. Sterling’s comments are so ignorant, that passion isn’t warranted. Everyone should calmly come to the conclusion that he needs to leave, and then it will happen.

Like I said, life is too short.