This story confirms my belief that if Rush Limbaugh had ownership in a team that the African-American and Latino players who play in that league would not buck a paycheck by America’s favorite racist. The man pictured here Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. He just paid out the largest fines for a federal housing discrimination suit in this nation’s history. Seems The Donald doesn’t like to rent to African-Americans and Latinos.
This has been a long standing issue for Sterling. And what gets me is the overwhelming silence around the league, including the NBA Players Association. What is most telling is the likes of NBA Czar David Stern not having one word to say about this owner in a league which is probably the most diverse in all of professional sports. This is the same David Stern who changed the dress code policy of players so that they don’t turn off sponsors with a ‘thug look.’ This is the same owner who fines and suspends players with the quickness for ‘off the court’ actions that hurt the image of the NBA whether convicted or not. This is the same David Stern who fines the likes of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban at the drop of a hat for merely speaking out on what he thinks will make the league better. Whether the commish agrees with Cuban or not, the very fact that he doesn’t hold the line in terms of some of his comments regarding league business, officiating etc. Cuban has racked up fines in the millions.
This owner discriminates to the point of having the United States Department of Jusice in his mix and there is complete silence from the NBA offices in New York. So what gives?
In a strong way it reminds me of the NFL. With the exception of Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams being fined for flipping the bird to fans, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell refuses to fine or suspend Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable for breaking the jaw of one of his assistants. Again, the same commissioner who reserves and often takes advantage of the right to suspend players for things they are accused of without any unlawful convictions. It looks like when it comes to keeping the natives in line, sports commissioners are great at drawing a line in the sand. But when it comes to the owners they rarely feel the need to get involved.
Roger Goodell’s policies are hypocritical to say the least. But David Stern should be ashamed of himself.