The NBA Should Have Banned Donald Sterling a Long Time Ago

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times.

Karma finally caught up to Donald Sterling, the slumlord owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Just when his team is finally thriving and competing for an NBA championship, the man upstairs gave The Donald a good ole kick in the balls.

Yesterday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life after the world got to listen to secretly recorded tapes of the billionaire making racist comments to his ex-girlfriend, V. Stiviano, a woman who is of Mexican and African-American descent.

For many black people, banishing Sterling from being associated with the NBA is akin to union soldiers liberating slaves on a plantation during the Civil War.

But it's sad the NBA didn't boot Sterling a long time ago. It's even sadder that the NAACP and some of the former and current players, coaches, and team owners had embraced this nasty bigot for such a long time.

My friend and ESPN columnist Jemele Hill, who is African American, tipped me off to a 2009 investigative piece she helped research about Sterling that appeared in ESPN, The Magazine. In the story, many of the characters currently condeming Sterling didn't have a problem with the man, who at the time had been exposed as a vile racist. He was so vicious to his minority tenants he paid a record $2.7 million to the Department of Justice to settle a disrcimination lawsuit.

The article recounted, among other atrocities, how one of Sterling's tenants, an elderly black woman named Kandynce Jones, was living in a flooded apartment caused by a serious leak in building, owned by the Clippers' don. When Sterling was told Jones wanted to be reimbursed for the water damage and her ruined property, he replied, "I am not going to do that. Just evict the bitch."

This man has committed just about every wicked act there is. He degraded women and offered to pay them for sexual favors. He committed sexual harassment and adultery. He cheated people out of money.

Those allegations didn't stop NBA celebs from praising Sterling. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, told the magazine: "I like Donald. He plays by his own rules." Yet, minutes after Silver banned Sterling, Cuban tweeted: "I agree 100% with Commissioner Silvers findings and the actions taken against Donald Sterling."

Cuban is not the only hypocrite. Current Golden State Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson told ESPN, The Magazine he "never had a problem" with Sterling when he played for the Clippers from 1992 to 1994 or at any other time during his playing career. He added, "I heard about the housing case -- what can I do about that?" Three days ago, Jackson was telling Clippers fans to protest by staying home for game five at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The NBA head honchos are also bear responsibility for allowing Sterling to go unchecked. At his press conference yesterday, Silver said Sterling's comments "are deeply offensive and harmful" and "are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic league."

However, Silver's predecessor David Stern did nothing to sanction Sterling when his despicable acts against his minority tenants were exposed. Instead, Stern rewarded him by letting him snatch Chris Paul after vetoing a trade that would have sent the all-star point guard to the L.A. Lakers.

Everyone who enabled Sterling is now trying to save face.

The irony is that Silver says he is going to get the owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, allowing him to make billions of dollars. That's not right.

My wife owns a Wing Stop franchise. If she pulled some similar shit, Wing Stop would revoke the franchise outright. She would not be allowed to sell the name and make money off the deal. Wing Stop would take the name and all she would be left with is the equipment and the leases.

The same rule should apply to Sterling. It's time to stop him from making a profit off the people he hates.

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frankd4 topcommenter

rev sharpton was exposed by tawana brawley

the NAACP was exposed by donald sterling

the rev jackson was exposed by his son's conviction of fraud

maybe the BLACK community should be more selective of it's own leadership

frankd4 topcommenter

 .....................well here is the deal:

EVEN IF a white organization wanted to align itself with a black organization and double-team this guy, here comes the N A A C P giving him their "good housekeeping seal of approval", T W I C E, and basically shrouding him in a protective coating AGAINST any relevant and effective opposition to his bias

you didn't ASK ME BUT, i will give the black community TWO simple truths:

1) BLACK people are killing other BLACK people with D R U G S and drugs are the main reason for the lack of BLACK family unit cohesion and community unity (you will never see a rev sharpton say this), and directly-related to #1,

2) white people cannot be blamed for the existence of BLACK drug dealers who kill their own BLACK communities with impunity from those communities (yes if a young BLACK man has to make a living on limited options, he is likely to turn to the drug industry,  BUT that is a personal choice all his own based on his environment)

i would like to hear why the N A A C P kissed STERLINGs ass for so long 

i would like to hear BLACK leadership admit drugs are what are killing their own people and it's own BLACK people are selling these drugs


Luther Cowbell...King of free speech...(and slingin dope back inda day)

demoroman88 topcommenter

NAACP gave this dude not one but two life time achievement awards. That's what I would be most upset about.. 


Hey Nigger Luke, how about a little reverse racism? Get your darkies that hate whitey but all take his money to stop with the knockout game against whites & asians. Carmello Anthony & his anti while gold medallion & stop snitchin bullshit is total niggerism. Mother fuc the stupid rug heads if they can't get into management after their careers are over because all thjey care about is pussy & bling. They never graduated from shit in life except excess.


This is bullshit racism goes both ways black people hate whites just as much or more. Stop rinding the coat tails of all the salves that were imprisoned or killed. If a black owner would say racist comments about whites it would not get any attention.

Want to end racism stop blaming the white man for your downfalls.

miamitrev2 topcommenter

The only thing shocking is how long it too MNT to post this.   Luke prob wrote this quite some time ago

frankd4 topcommenter

.....................i really see the N A A C P as wanting it both ways - the money and the lead into a BLACK agenda

i've never seen it work and maybe the money did do some good for BLACKs but the hypocritical position gives WHITEs a lot of ammunition to point to how corrupt the N A A C P is as a greedy self-serving organization without regard to it's primary stated mission

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