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  • What's Bruce Levenson's real motivation for selling the Hawks?

    09/09/2014 11:02:30 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | September 8, 2014 | Chris Mannix
    ... “I think what happened was he saw how much teams were going for and wanted to make some money,” a rival team executive said. “What he said was wrong but to me it seems like an excuse to sell.” ...
  • Judge rules against Donald Sterling, OKs Clippers' record-setting $2 billion sale

    07/28/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by iowamark · 37 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 7/28/2014 | AP
    LOS ANGELES -- A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In the tentative ruling, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. "I can't believe it's over. I feel good," she said. Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks. She sought approval from a probate judge...
  • AP Source: Donald Sterling hires investigators

    06/14/2014 2:25:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2014 | Tami Abdollah
    A person with knowledge of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's legal strategy says his team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 owners. The individual, who wasn't authorized to talk publicly, says investigators were given a six-figure budget over the next 30 days to examine the league's finances, allegations of previous discriminatory conduct and compensation to past commissioner David Stern and current commissioner Adam Silver. They're also looking into whether other owners ever made any off-color jokes, or racist or sexist remarks....
  • Is the NBA Above the Law?

    06/11/2014 12:02:24 PM PDT · by kathsua · 39 replies
    Laswrence journal world ^ | June 10, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    The NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy has a definite odor to it and it's not from sweaty socks. In April, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver decided that the NBA was above the law and thus didn't have to obey laws that interfered in the NBA's decisions. In its haste to get rid of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling the NBA violated a California law that prohibits use of statements made in secret private recordings as a basis of punishment for an individual. On April 25, TMZ released a secretly made illegal recordimng of an argument between Sterling and...
  • Sterling Agrees to Sell Clippers to Ballmer for $2B, Drops Lawsuit

    06/04/2014 3:47:09 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 48 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | 5/4/14 | Christina Cocca
    Donald Sterling officially announced Wednesday that he, the NBA and his estranged wife Shelly have agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion and various additional benefits, Sterling's lawyer told NBC News. All disputes and outstanding issues have been resolved, and the $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA Sterling filed last week has been dropped, Sterling's lawyer Bobby Samini told NBC News exclusively. Sterling told NBC4 in an exclusive interview on Tuesday he was ready to "move on" from the team. "I feel fabulous, I feel very good. Everything is just the way it should...
  • Mark Cuban: Prejudiced And Irresponsible

    06/04/2014 1:31:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Houston Forward Times ^ | May 28, 2014 | Jeffrey L. Boney, associate editor
    We all know the story of what happened to Trayvon Martin, when neighborhood vigilante George Zimmerman racially profiled and murdered him. I can’t forget Saturday, July 13, 2013, because it was the day that Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder and Trayvon was found guilty of being a young, Black man in America. Trayvon was found guilty of mistaken identity while walking home wearing a hoodie, and being treated more like a criminal than a victim, while having nothing more than a can of iced tea and a pack of Skittles in his possession. The brutal shooting of Trayvon...
  • Donald Sterling Raises Eyebrows By Attending Services At Black Church In South LA

    06/02/2014 12:15:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Donald Sterling, embattled owner of the Clippers, has kept a rather low profile since racial comments he made first became public. Sunday morning, he raised eyebrows when he showed up to attend church services at a predominately black church in South Los Angeles. KCAL9'ss Adrianna Weingold spoke to members of the congregation who were a little unsure about Sterling’s visit. With the choir singing, Donald Sterling walked into the Praises of Zion Baptist Church on S. San Pedro Street. Senior Pastor J. Benjamin Harwick welcomed Sterling publicly during the service. “Stand up brother Sterling, we’re going to give you a...
  • BUSTED: Donald Sterling’s EX Mocks Blacks On Tape, ‘They Do Stupid S*** Like Buy Rims’

    06/02/2014 12:54:05 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 5/31/14
    How’s this for irony … V. Stiviano said a bunch of racist stuff about black people — and TMZ Sports has the footage. Among the lowlights … – “I don’t understand black people. You give them a little bit of money, they don’t know what to do with it.”
  • Sterling’s Gal Pal V Stiviano Brutally Beaten Up In NYC Lawyer Claims — Called The ‘N Word’

    06/02/2014 12:03:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Radar Online ^ | June 1, 2014 | Jen Heger, Assistant Managing Editor
    The woman at the center of the Donald Sterling racism scandal, the ex-Los Angeles Clippers owner’s gal pal V Stiviano, was badly beaten up by two white men in New York City on Sunday night, her lawyer has confirmed exclusively to RadarOnline. Around 7pm, as Stiviano was leaving the Gansevoort Hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, “two white men descended on her,” attorney Mac Nehorary said. “They were about 5’7 and they knew exactly who she was. They began to hit her and called her the N word. “Other disgusting slurs were made against her. She was able to run away...
  • V. Stiviano: Mocking Black People On Tape (Oh how the tables turn)

    05/31/2014 3:31:02 PM PDT · by equalator · 29 replies
    TMZ ^ | 5-31-2014 | Staff
    How's this for irony ... V. Stiviano said a bunch of racist stuff about black people -- and TMZ Sports has the footage. Among the lowlights ... -- "I don't understand black people. You give them a little bit of money, they don't know what to do with it." -- "[Black people] just act crazy ... they're like, 'Yo, I wanna put extra rims on top of my rims. And my rims are gonna turn around. I'm gonna call them spinners.'" The footage was shot back in 2011 as part of a reality show pilot about gold diggers -- V....
  • Why Steve Ballmer Overpaid for the L.A. Clippers: It's Not About Money Any more

    05/31/2014 10:52:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 05/31/2014 | Daniel Kline
    Before former Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) CEO's just-announced deal to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers, the previous record high price for an NBA team was the $550 million paid earlier this month for the Milwaukee Bucks. The amount Ballmer is paying makes it look like former Bucks owner Herb Kohl had his pocket picked by new owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. Yes, Milwaukee is the fifth smallest market in the NBA, but it's hard to imagine that being the second most important team in Los Angeles is actually worth nearly $1.5 billion more. When the Bucks deal was announced...
  • Inevitable: Complaints About How Sterling Is Being 'Rewarded' For Racism

    05/31/2014 7:55:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 31, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    I guess the PC sports press was hoping for a high-tech lyching of sorts, wherein Donald Sterling, the owner in limbo who is soon to be former owner of the National Basketall Association's Los Angeles Clippers, would be frog-marched out of his office and dumped onto Skid Row, never to be heard from again, for his undeniably racist remarks to his now ex-girlfriend about how he didn't want her bringing blacks to Clippers games while directing racial invective at other specific persons. It's not working out that way. In fact, quite the opposite. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is reportedly...
  • NBA Action More Racist than Sterling's Statements

    05/31/2014 1:12:55 AM PDT · by kathsua · 4 replies
    Lawrence journal world ^ | May 28, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    The NBA has criticized L.A. Clipper owner Donald Sterling for his statements that many regard as racist. However, shortly after the recording of his conversation became public the NBA took an action that was a racist insult to the black players of the L.A. Clippers. The NBA offered to make a "grief counselor" available to the Clippers. Grief counselors are often provided to children to help them cope with the death of a classmate. The NBA commissioner's office essentially was indicating that it believed the Clippers were such immature children that a minor questionable statement was the emotional equivalent of...
  • Report: Donald Sterling declared mentally incapacitated, clears way for sale of team to Ballmer

    05/30/2014 1:38:59 AM PDT · by iowamark · 43 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | May 29 2014 | Kurt Helin
    I imagine Donald Sterling is going to fight this one too, but… Shelly Sterling has been granted the authority to sell the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer because her husband and co-owner Donald Sterling has been declared mentally incapacitated under the terms of the trust the couple owns the team through. That made her the sole trustee and decision maker. That according to the tapped in Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. There have been reports and rumors that Donald Sterling has been battling dementia, which is the reason his former mistress claimed to make the recordings that sparked the...
  • Donald Sterling’s LA Clippers sold for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Report

    05/29/2014 5:12:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    That’s $2 billion with an uppercase B! Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has apparently won the bidding war Thursday for the Los Angeles Clippers with a staggering $2 billion offer for the NBA franchise, according to the L.A. Times. The frenzied battle to get the team from Sterling drove the franchise’s price sky high for a team that Forbes estimated was worth at $575 million in January of 2014.
  • Report: Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer puts in $1.8 billion bid on Clippers

    05/29/2014 3:35:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | 05/29 | Matt Moore
    Forbes reports that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who was once part of an unsuccessful bid to acquire the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle, has put in a $1.8 billion bid for the Los Angeles Clippers. Reports indicated that Shelly Sterling, who may, or may not have been authoized to sell the team depending on who you talk to, put a 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline on bids to be entered. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has offered $1.8 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a person familiar with Ballmer's interest in the NBA team. Ballmer, who...
  • L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling most hated man in America: poll

    05/29/2014 12:52:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 05/29/2014 | BY EDGAR SANDOVAL , LARRY MCSHANE
    The poll, conducted by E-Score, found 92% of the 1,1000 surveyed a disdain for the racist owner of the NBA team, ahead of such notables as O.J. Simpson and Bernie Madoff. Also among the most hated men were former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, former Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez and pop star Justin Bieber. Move over O.J. and Bernie Madoff: America’s new No. 1 most-hated man is racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. A stunning 92% of the people asked in a recent poll ranked Sterling as more reviled than any killers, con men, politicians — or even Justin Bieber....
  • Donald Sterling vows Fight, says he has offers on $2.5B

    05/28/2014 2:50:14 AM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    USA Today | 5/28/2014 | Brent Schrotenboer
    Gannett paper: Link only: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/clippers/2014/05/27/donald-sterling-letter-privacy-los-angeles-lawsuit-ban/9646707/
  • Donald Sterling's Wife Approached by Bidders for the Clippers (Report)

    05/27/2014 5:29:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 05/27/2014 | Debbie Emery
    Shelly Sterling has had inquiries from at least six serious buyers interested in the Los Angeles NBA team, including former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Following reports on Thursday that Shelly Sterling will negotiate the forced sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling's wife has already received inquiries from six potential buyers, according to ESPN. Among those interested in the NBA team is former Microsoft CEO and multi-billionaire, Steve Ballmer, who met with her on Sunday to discuss a sale. It is not the first sign of interest that Ballmer has shown in a basketball franchise. He was part of...
  • White Privilege: Uh … It’s More Like Radical Gay, Black and Muslim Privilege

    05/25/2014 4:25:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Sometimes I wish I was a radical gay, or a revolting, slick-haired, black race-baiter or drastic Muslim like that angry, rage-boy dude who’s the poster child for all the funny as heck Muslim memes. Why am I forlorn at times with my heterosexuality, my caucasoidness and my evangelicalism? Well … it’s not that I now loathe the ladies, my pigmentation or the five Solas of the Reformation, but it’s primarily predicated upon the fact that as such a critter I can’t get away with squat any longer. Heck, I can’t even use a tone in my voice, unless I’m mocking...
  • V. Stiviano taunted Sterling via text days before his rants went public

    05/24/2014 9:49:11 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 25, 2014 | David K. Li
    ... Sterling revoked gal pal V. Stiviano’s tickets, parking passes and luxury suite access to Los Angeles Clippers games in April, possibly touching off a crazy chain of events that ended with him losing his high-flying basketball franchise, according to the LA Times. Shelly Sterling — the owner’s estranged wife — filed a lawsuit against Stivano in March, demanding she return a laundry list of expensive gifts that Donald Sterling had given her. Six days after that lawsuit was filed, Donald Sterling cut off Stiviano from Clippers games. When a team employee reached out to Stiviano, she texted a seemingly...
  • Is banning Sterling from any NBA game akin to banning an ex-hotel chain owner from renting a room?

    05/23/2014 12:59:31 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    5/23/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Let's say tha someone owned a chain of hotels (be they whatever number of stars), and this individual was caught on tape uttering a string of racial expletives. Let's say furthermore that this individual had signed a contract that if they were to ever bring harm to the company or impugn its name, that within the contract clause for owners this individual could be forced to sell. That I could see and understand. But let's say that this individual sold his string of fancy hotels, and later wanted to rent a room in a hotel that was far away from...
  • DONALD STERLING SURRENDERS CONTROL OF CLIPPERS... to wife, Shelly

    05/23/2014 8:45:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    TMZ ^ | 05/23/2014 | TMZ Staff
    Donald Sterling is no longer the controlling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers ... TMZ Sports has learned he just surrendered control to his estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, and she is now secretly negotiating with the NBA to sell the team ... ON HER TERMS. Sources close to the Clippers organization tell us ... Donald made the decision because he saw the handwriting on the wall -- as long as he remained in control, the NBA would order an involuntary sale of the team. Our sources say Shelly and her lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, have been secretly meeting with NBA Commissioner...
  • Mark Cuban Says We're All Bigoted, Calls Donald Sterling Ruling 'A Slippery Slope' In New Interview

    05/22/2014 7:51:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/22/ | Tony
    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban talked about the NBA's decision to ban Donald Sterling and force him to sell the Clippers in a new interview at Inc.'s GrowCo conference in Nashville.While he acknowledged that NBA commissioner Adam Silver "had to do it," he reiterated his statement that forcing Sterling to sell the team for making racist comments is "a slippery slope."In a supplemental interview on Inc.com, he said that everyone, including himself, holds prejudices:"We're all prejudiced in one way or the other. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's late at night, I'm walking to the...
  • Terry Crews says people should forgive Donald Sterling

    05/21/2014 3:31:18 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    PCMD Gazette ^ | 5/21/14
    Former American football star-turned-actor Terry Crews has become the first African-American star to offer embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling support, after the sports boss became one of the most unpopular men in the nation following a racial controversy. Sterling hit the headlines last month when audio of him making remarks about African-Americans went viral. The ill-advised comments prompted an immediate backlash and the 80 year old was fined $2.5 million by officials at the National Basketball Association for the remarks. Bosses at the organization are also trying to force Sterling to sell the team. Sterling has since apologized...
  • Eradicating racism not what the left really wants

    05/19/2014 2:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Macomb County Advisor & Source ^ | May 11, 2014 | Julie Szydlowski
    Two recent incidents -- the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold Michigan's ban on affirmative action and LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's bigoted comments - underscore what the left so badly wants us to believe: that white America is inherently, hopelessly racist. Unfortunately it seems the left - which ignores racism committed by non-whites -- wants to use racism to impose draconian control measures on private citizens, while convincing minorities the left is their only hope for justice. The Court's ruling on Michigan's affirmative action ban, for instance, should be considered a victory to anyone claiming to want a color-blind...
  • Sources: Donald Sterling refuses NBA sanctions, threatens to sue, won't pay fine

    05/16/2014 7:35:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 153 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 05/16/2014 | Michael McCann
    SI.com has learned that Clippers owner Donald Sterling has hired prominent antitrust litigator Maxwell Blecher, who has written a letter to NBA executive vice president and general counsel Rick Buchanan threatening to sue the NBA. The letter, sources tell SI.com, claims that Sterling has done nothing wrong and that "no punishment is warranted" for Sterling. Blecher also tells Buchanan that Sterling will not pay the $2.5 million fine, which is already past due. Blecher ends the letter by saying this controversy "will be adjudicated." Blecher's letter makes clear what many have anticipated: Donald Sterling will not go down without a...
  • Why The NBA Is Taking So Long To Oust Donald Sterling (Discovery might hurt other owners)

    05/16/2014 1:37:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 15, 2014 | Roger Groves
    The question raised by NBA’s Stephen A. Smith, Spike Lee, and several NBA players, current and past, is “Why is it taking so long to fire Donald Sterling?” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so strong and strident in his announcement that steps would be taken “immediately” to do just that. There was no ambiguity about whether they were going to fire Sterling for his racist comments against African Americans. It is a done deal. Commissioner Silver surely would not have made such a profound announcement without having consulted the other NBA owners. So why hasn’t the first shoe dropped? Like...
  • Sterling Refuses to Pay NBA Fine

    05/15/2014 8:12:52 PM PDT · by lbryce · 66 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 15, 2014 | Staff
    A letter from Donald Sterling’s lawyer reveals that the Los Angeles Clippers owner is refusing to pay the $2.5 million fine levied against him by the NBA. USA Today reports that his attorney, Maxwell M. Blecher, wrote in a letter to the NBA that Sterling has no intention of paying the fine. Moreover, the letter argues Sterling doesn’t deserve "any punishment at all" for his racist remarks that were made public last month. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is currently working to force Sterling out of the NBA.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Donald Sterling vows to take his fight for the LA Clippers to the Supreme Court ...

    05/14/2014 10:45:36 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 14, 2014 | Ryan Parry
    EXCLUSIVE: Donald Sterling vows to take his fight for the LA Clippers to the Supreme Court and calls Obama 'flippant' for attacking his racist views Disgraced LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling insists that the NBA has no legal right to force him to sell his beloved basketball team and fine him $2.5m – and he’s willing to take the fight to the Supreme Court.Sterling’s resolute stance is revealed for the first time in recordings obtained by MailOnline in which he lays bare his true feelings towards basketball’s governing body. What’s more, the 81-year-old says he won't pay a $2.5million fine...
  • Magic Johnson: I Will Pray for Donald Sterling

    05/14/2014 7:07:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/14/2014 | Morgan Lee
    In the wake of Donald Sterling's accusations against Magic Johnson on Monday that he was a bad role model for Los Angeles youth, the former NBA star issued a response saying that he would pray for the Clippers' owner. Johnson, who called Sterling's remarks during an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN "disturbing," defended his body of work, and brushed off his claims, adding "I'm not going to sit here and let Donald Sterling disrupt my day, my year, my month. I'm a guy that's very secure with myself." The former NBA great and current owner of the Los Angeles...
  • Roger Mason Jr.: LeBron James Will Boycott Next Year If Sterlings Stays in Power

    05/14/2014 1:12:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | May 13, 2014 | Ethan Skolnick , Miami Heat Lead Writer
    MIAMI — Roger Mason Jr. hasn't played for the Miami Heat, or any NBA organization, since his February trade to Sacramento to clear roster space. The veteran guard and Miami resident has remained in touch, and in tune, with team and league matters, however. He's frequently visiting the Heat locker room, when he hasn't been traveling the country in his role as vice president of the NBA players association, and he's remained close to several Heat players. That includes James Jones, another member of the players association's executive council, and LeBron James, who has been one of the most outspoken...
  • Sterling is well and truly finished after disastrous CNN interview

    05/13/2014 6:46:21 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 58 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | May 13, 2014 | Cathal Kelly
    Presumably, when the team of crisis public relations experts sat down to prep Clippers owner Donald Sterling, they were able to hammer one paragraph into his head. “I’m not a racist. I made a terrible, terrible mistake. I’m here with you today to apologize, and to ask for forgiveness,” Sterling begins, in what will quickly spin out into the most tone-deaf apology in TV history. That was good. What followed was the antimatter of good. If the ideas Sterling vocalized to CNN’s Anderson Cooper were to come into contact with goodness, the universe would collapse in on itself. Throughout, it...
  • Go Get ‘Em, Donald! Why Sterling should sue the pants off the NBA.

    05/13/2014 1:30:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 125 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/13/2014 | A.J. Delgado
    TMZ reported last week that embattled L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is considering suing the National Basketball Association. But according to the Los Angeles Daily News, Sterling has been rejected by at least eight law firms, who worry that taking him on as a client may upset existing clients and their images. But does Sterling have a case? Yes. Let’s take a look. First, was Sterling’s punishment (a $2.5 million fee and a lifetime ban) justified by the NBA’s Constitution and By-Laws? The NBA based the punishment on Article 24 of the NBA Constitution, which reads: Where a situation...
  • Donald Sterling in New Tirade Against Magic Johnson and African Americans

    05/13/2014 2:21:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 13 May 2014 | Rory Carroll
    Clippers basketball team owner, in interview billed as apology for racist remarks, slings insults at HIV-positive former NBA starIt was billed as an apology for racist comments that created a firestorm – but the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has unleashed a new row by launching a searing attack on Magic Johnson and wealthy African Americans. The tycoon used an interview aired on Monday to apologise for the tirade against black people caught on tape last month but then depicted Johnson, who has HIV, of being a womanising disease-carrier. In what may become a case study in how not...
  • The Racial Tensions Lurking Under the Surface of American Society

    05/12/2014 4:58:19 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 13 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/12/2014
    Typically, April showers bring May flowers. This year, however, April also delivered a torrent of racially charged issues to the national stage. In Michigan, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ban on university-admissions programs that use race as a criterion in college admissions. Clippers owner Donald Sterling ignited a firestorm when a recording surfaced in which he asked his mixed-race girlfriend not to post photos of herself with black people on Instagram or bring black people to NBA games. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy garnered support from Senator Rand Paul and other prominent conservatives in the wake of his standoff with...
  • LeBron James: Entire Sterling family should be prohibited from owning Clippers

    05/11/2014 11:24:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Sports Illustrated's SI Wire ^ | May 11, 2014 | Marc Weinreich
    LeBron James said Sunday that no one in the entire Sterling family should be allowed to own the Clippers, according to Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press, who spoke to James during the team’s shootaround in Brooklyn before the team readies for Game 4 vs. the Nets on Monday. James said it’s the right thing to do, from the players’ perspective, to disallow any kind of transfer of ownership within the Sterling family: ”As players, we want what’s right and we don’t feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team.” The comments come less...
  • ABC News Exclusive: Shelly Sterling: 'Eventually, I'm Going to' File for Divorce

    05/11/2014 9:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 11, 2014 | Michael Rothman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Shelly Sterling said today that "eventually, I am going to" divorce her estranged husband, Donald Sterling, and if the NBA tries to force her to sell her half of the Los Angeles Clippers, she would "absolutely" fight to keep her stake in the team. "I will fight that decision," she told ABC News' Barbara Walters today in an exclusive interview. "To be honest with you, I'm wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there's 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?" Sterling...
  • Donald Sterling tells Anderson Cooper: I was 'baited' into 'a terrible mistake'

    05/11/2014 6:23:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/11/2014 | By Ismael Estrada and Catherine E. Shoichet
    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he's sorry but feels he was "baited" to make racists comments, nearly two weeks after the NBA fined him and banned him for life for his remarks in a recorded conversation. "When I listen to that tape, I don't even know how I can say words like that. ... I don't know why the girl had me say those things," he told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air on Monday. "You're saying you were set up?" Cooper asked. "Well yes, I was baited," Sterling said. "I mean, that's not...
  • Bill Maher Defends Sterling’s Right to Privacy: ‘Even If It Makes Me an A**hole’

    05/11/2014 6:06:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 05/11/2014 | by Matt Wilstein
    For his last “New Rule” of the night on Friday, Bill Maher used a recent column about Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling by The Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker to stand up for privacy and the Fourth Amendment. If the Sterling case taught us anything, Maher said, it’s that “there’s a force out there just as powerful as Big Brother: Big Girlfriend.” “If you don’t want your words broadcast in the public square, don’t say them,” Parker wrote in her column published last week, adding, “Such potential exposure forces us to more carefully select our words and edit our thoughts. This...
  • Punished for His Thoughts: More on Adam Silver's panicky rush to judgment

    05/08/2014 6:42:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    So, here I am, still in Denver, a lovely city, but too high up. Herewith, a few lowly thoughts about Mr. Donald Sterling, his private conversations with his mistress, the media lynching of him, and the actions of the NBA sanctioning him severely for those private thoughts and comments. “It’s a slippery slope,” said billionaire sports club owner Mark Cuban when asked about the sanctions. I am not sure what he meant, but he’s right. Sterling is being punished for his thoughts. He is being punished for actions that make the NBA look bad even though they were not actions...
  • White men are devils, blacks and liberals the avenging angels of justice

    05/08/2014 8:58:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/8/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    That White People, especially White Men, are Devils is the governing mantra of the Upstate New York Five Percenters cult as featured on the expensive gold medallion worn by rapper Jay Z at a recent Barclay Center, NY Nets basketball game. (1) Reported by NY Post contributor Gary Buiso, Five Percenters believe that a black man created the universe, a black man is God and a black man is physically and intellectually stronger, all according to guru author Michael Muhammed Knight who converted to Islam in his teens. “Whiteness is weak and wicked and inferior,” according to the Post story...
  • Tommy Lasorda on V. Stiviano: "I hope she gets hit with a car"

    05/07/2014 9:45:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda says he's not surprised by his friend Donald Sterling's racist remarks. The former Dodgers manager tells West Palm Beach station WPBF after 30 years of friendship with Sterling, "It doesn't surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn't have said it." Lasorda also offered his thoughts on the woman Sterling was talking to on the tape, V. Stiviano, saying: "I don't wish that girl any bad luck, but I hope she gets hit with a car."(continued)
  • “Will Someone Please Represent Me?” Donald Sterling’s Looking for Lawyers

    05/07/2014 7:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Lawfuel ^ | May 6, 2014 | The Editors
    Donald Sterling may be down, but he’s not out and he’s out looking for a law firm to help him sue the NBA, who are attempting to force him to sell the LA Clippers. According to media reports the combative and controversial Clippers boss is preparing to sue the NBA and fight attempts to make him sell the lucrative franchise. The reports are not entirely authoritative, coming from TMZ, but they are likely true given the nature of Donald Sterling, 80, and his humiliation over what has occurred in recent times. For him, the issue is of his own making...
  • Offensive Speech

    05/07/2014 5:02:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | John Stossel
    Last week, when the NBA banned racist team owner Donald Sterling, some said: "What about free speech? Can't a guy say what he thinks anymore?" The answer: yes, you can. But the free market may punish you. In America today, the market punishes racists aggressively. This punishment is not "censorship." Censorship is something only governments can do. Writers complain that editors censor what they write. But that's not censorship; that's editing. It's fine if the NBA -- or any private group -- wants to censor speech on its own property. People who attend games or work for the NBA agreed...
  • Michael Jordan: As a teen I was ‘racist … against all white people’

    05/06/2014 8:47:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    News.com.au ^ | May 6, 2014
    Basketball legend Michael Jordan says that he considered himself a racist when he was a teenager and was “against all white people.” The confession comes from a new book, Michael Jordan: The Life, by Ronald Lazenby. Jordan said the Ku Klux Klan was dominant in North Carolina where he grew up in the mid-1970s, buying uniforms for sports teams and bibles for schools.
  • Yes, Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling (He’s Even Scarier)[Yes, he's serious]

    05/06/2014 1:50:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 5, 2014 | Arthur Chu
    Did Donald Sterling ever try to use the power of the state to annul the marriages of thousands of people he never met because he disapproved of them? Ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich did.We’ve heard a lot recently about what constitutes “going too far” when it comes to holding people accountable for their offensive beliefs—a lot of stuff about “freedom of speech,” a lot of stuff about “tolerance,” a lot of stuff about “political correctness run amok.” Predictably relatively little of this has been said about Donald Sterling, of the Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling bears the dubious honor of being The...
  • No Taxes If Sterling Is Forced to Sell

    05/06/2014 11:15:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | May 5, 2014 | Nick Lum
    Donald Sterling’s reputation had a bad week, but his pocketbook has never looked better. The punishment meted out by NBA Commissioner Silver—the maximum league fine of $2.5 million—pales in comparison to the billion dollars Sterling stands to make from selling the Clippers. Ironically, the league’s nuclear option—a forced sale—could also end up lining Sterling’s pocketbook with millions in tax savings. Instead of his just deserts, will Sterling end up with a sweet tax treat? First, there’s never been a better time for Sterling to sell, financially speaking. The Clippers have historically been regarded as one of the worst teams in...
  • Here's What Donald Sterling's Love Of Koreans Reveals About Racism In America

    05/06/2014 9:35:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/06/2014 | HUA HSU AND RICHARD JEAN SO, SLATE
    There’s something insufficiently descriptive about calling Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate developer Donald Sterling a racist. By now, everyone is familiar with the baffling remarks he made to his girlfriend, admonishing her for featuring photos of black people on her Instagram feed and for bringing her black friends to Clippers games. These weren’t merely the words of a jilted madman. They fit within a broader pattern of behavior, most notably a series of lawsuits in which Sterling was charged with housing discrimination on the basis of race against Latino and black tenants—black people “smell and attract vermin,” he...
  • Donald Sterling Should be Flayed Alive

    05/05/2014 9:31:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Matt Barber
    A $2.5 million fine, a lifetime ban from the NBA and potential confiscation of his personal property through the forced sale of the L.A. Clippers? Are you kidding? That’s it? Donald Sterling is a racist pig. “First stone” first shmone. This thing ain’t over by a long shot. As CBS reports, “Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA isn’t enough, NAACP says.” Al Sharpton agrees, adding, “No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language.” Sharpton warns that he is “prepared … to rally in front of the...