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Well...I can guaranteed I won't spend a dime at the LA Clipper's home stadium cause I'm on the East Coast. lol
He is a nobody. Why is everyone stressing over it? Do you know how many racist people of all skin colors exist? He is another one that should not be paid any mind.
Close or you hit the bricks
Close or you hit the bricks
On one hand, I don't think his team should be taken from him. I think in a capitalist society, the consumer has the option to punish him or give him some kind of reprieve if they're truly disgusted.
But on the other hand, sport franchises are a different animal. If a hardware store owner was caught saying something like this, he'd likely feel the wrath in the way of loss of profit. However, Sports franchises have a hold on people's hearts rather than their logic. People are still going to pour money into this man's franchise.
I saw an ironic fan sign from a clippers fan at one of the games that said "I brought a black person to the game" (and his friend had a sign that said "Black Guy"). While that may bother Sterling, he's still getting that person's money.
So I wouldn't mind if the NBA took the necessary measures to remove him from his position, since ultimately they have to deal with the PR perspective of it all.
I just listened to the audio of this, and I am somewhat confused. He says over and over that he has no negative feelings towards minorities, but doesn't want his wife/GF to have pictures with black people so he doesnt have to deal with his friends annoying him about it (I guess they are racists?)? Is that what the story is here? Obviously some of what he said about his GF not being able to take pictures with black people is racist and wrong and just straight out stupid, but is that all that this whole story is about? Or is there more? I mean, he is with a black / latina girl. I feel like it was bad what he said, but NOTHING compared to what Riley Cooper has said. I didnt hear any N bombs or extremely rasict talk. He said he didnt want Magic Johnson to go to Clippers games? Every time the GF brought up skin color he argues with her about its not about that. He said it several times.
Eh, whatever. I think it is slightly overblown compared to other stuff that has gone on. I understand people being very upset with it though. And since he is an owner of a sports franchise, everything is magnified. It would be kind of hard for "his" players to play for him now right?
"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."
I think Sharick is really trying to avoid the issue of actually talking about the comments because that can easily devolve and turn into a debate of what is racist and what is not, and then further devolve into a racist witch-hunt, etc.
So I'll leave it at this. This is not the first documented evidence of Sterling's feelings toward minorities. And I think that's why this is gaining even more traction.
One of these teams is not like the others