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Donald Sterling’s Full-Court Punishment

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The country is buzzing over a recording that was leaked to TMZ filled with a series of racist comments allegedly made by LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

On the recording, Sterling is berating his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, for associating with minorities and for posing for a picture with NBA legend Magic Johnson.

In the leaked conversation Stiviano is heard saying: “People call you and tell you that I have black people on my Instagram and it bothers you.” To which Sterling allegedly replies: “Ya it bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people.”

To try and get inside the NBA fraternity’s mindset, former New York Knicks player and current Philadelphia 76er Commentator Malik Rose said that Donald Sterling may have finally gone too far.

“They have to get this guy out, he’s bad for business, he’s bad for their brand, ya know he’s putting down minorities and the NBA is trying to go globally. Getting Sterling out is probably mission number-one for these guys,” Rose explained.

Some of the top stars in the league like Lebron James and Kobe Bryant have called for Sterling to sell the team or not be associated with them anymore, but it’s not the first time that Sterling has been involved in racial controversy. In fact he has a history of questionable comments. Rose said that Clippers players have talked about Sterling in the past and now people may finally believe them.

“All these people have been saying these things over the last few years and it’s kind of been swept under the rug by the NBA and the players, but now in light of recent events all of this stuff is exposed and magnified. All these guys were correct about Donald Sterling and the work environment and the racial inequality that was going on,” Rose said.

As a result of Sterling’s alleged racial remarks, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has handed down a harsh ruling.

“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” he announced in a press conference.

Sterling also was fined $2.5 million, which is the maximum amount that the NBA can hand out. Commissioner Silver also said that he’s going to ask for support from all of the other team owners to force the sale of the Clippers.

In the end it comes down to whether or not punishment will really end racism or inequality in any institution.


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