Everything that has happened within the last few days has been absolutely appalling with the words that came out of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s mouth. Donald Sterling was caught on tape making a lot of racial comments to his ex-girlfriend about banning African-Americans from attending Clippers games and ordered his ex-girlfriend to take down a picture she had taken with Magic Johnson from her Instagram account. This is one of the toughest subjects for me to talk about because it sickens me and upsets me that racism still exists in this world. The sad part is that Donald Sterling having a history of being a racist isn’t news.
I applaud NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for making a very quick and thorough investigation on the matter and acted very quickly on the discipline of Donald Sterling. Sterling now is banned for life from the NBA and will be fined $2.5 million for his actions. Adam Silver will also strongly urge the NBA Board of Governors to force a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, which would require a 3/4 vote (or at least 23 votes amongst the other 29 NBA owners). A lot of current NBA owners have spoken up about the whole situation and the sale of the Clippers is going to just be automatic.
The tricky situation of selling the Los Angeles Clippers will be the price tag. The Clippers are worth an estimated $850 million, but a lot of Los Angeles sports figures are already showing interest in purchasing the team. Even if one had tons of money, they will still need some partnership in order to purchase the team. With the Clippers currently making a strong playoff push, it will only raise the value of the franchise.
Even though the whole ordeal happened all the way out in Los Angeles, it has affected us here in Boston as well. The Boston Celtics’ owner Wyc Grousbeck issued a statement regarding the ban of Donald Sterling.
“The entire Boston Celtics organization and our ownership group fully support the decisive action taken by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver today. The Celtics stand for inclusion and equality, and we are proud to be a part of a league that shares the same values.”
Before the official ban, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck made a statement saying that the comments made by Donald Sterling goes against everything we believe in here in Boston. Jerryd Bayless also made a statement saying that he would never play for the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling was his owner.
I feel bad for the players, coaches, employees and the fans of the Los Angeles Clippers that had to go through all of this ordeal and now that Sterling is no longer welcome in the NBA, the healing process can now begin.
I’ve grown up around a lot of diversity my whole life and I’ve accepted everybody without any hesitation. I’ve been fortunate enough that I’ve been accepted equally the same despite my ethnic or racial differences amongst my peers. My question is, can we all be treated the same no matter what our racial backgrounds are without being judged or is that too much to ask?