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Nancy Armour of USA TODAY Sports reports Donald Sterling's CNN interview only makes matters worse. While it didn't seem possible for Donald Sterling to sink any lower, make his situation worse, and piss people off more than he already has, he manages to dramatically do so during his "apology" interview with Anderson Cooper that aired tonight, Monday, on CNN.  

Despite his repeated insistence that he's not a racist, everything else Sterling said showed him to be an ignorant and hate-filled person. He trashed Magic Johnson, claiming – wrongly – that the Lakers Hall of Famer has done nothing for the black community.

STERLING: Magic 'not a good example' to kids ...( and other quotes too vile to quote and not mentioned in this article, but are in many others.)

"Some of the African-Americans, they don't want to help anybody," Sterling said.

And he appeared to be coming dangerously close to another racist rant, his voice rising as he said, "There's no African-American – never mind."

I guess repeated prologues of "I am not a racist, I am not a racist, I am not a racist" are going to be added to the "Top 10 Warning Signs You Might Be a Racist" along with Cliven Bundy's starting out one's sentences with "let me tell you this about the Negro..." Just don't do it folks.

If you hear yourself saying "but I am not a racist, more than two times in the same sentence it is time to stop and think.  Or just stop and shut up. And, as far as Cliven Bundy's opening line ... never. Don't even think about it. This is one time Nancy Reagan has it right. "Just say no!"  

Sterling degrades Magic Johnson in other ways that are too vile to even reprint here, but guarantee he will have no place any where near the Clippers and if he even tries to challenge the NBA ban in court and tries to keep the team it is virtually certain now that Doc Rivers and the team will not play for the Clippers if he does.  

Sterling has clearly "lost his bearings." He needs to sell this team, ASAP and disappear saying absolutely nothing more. In fact, if he has even just a few functioning neurons left, or even one marginally competent legal counsel anywhere within his empire, or one friend anywhere on the planet, they should advise him and Shelly to sign the Clippers over to Magic Johnson this afternoon with an apology note. Then they should leave the rest of their estate to a Magic Johnson Scholarship Foundation and then shut the &^#* up until he dies. And even then he should live instructions for the mortician to put some duct tape over his ugly mouth in his coffin in case gas should blow it open and word like sound might come out by accident. It seems likely that they would be racist as well.  

Nancy Armour notes that so far this controversy has been like a "lifetime achievement" award for Sterling, driving the price of the Clippers upwards to $1 billion dollars as potential buyers like Oprah, Diddy, and Floyd Mayweather all express interest, and the "L.A. Clippers is now Hollywood's hottest ticket."

USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick also analyzes why he does not believe Shelly Sterling will be allowed to keep her ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers predicting that if she tries to keep the team, the team's stock price will plummet because the as Lebron James points out the players do not want any Sterlings to own the team - which seems like somewhat of a superfluous argument after USA's analysts just argued that Doc Rivers and the players would leave the Clippers rather than play, and LeBron James reports that no substitute players will replace them. Yes, having a team with no coach and no players would tend to have a depressive affect on its stock value. Thank you for that insightful financial analysis USA Today Sports. In other Stock Market News today ..... (Humor alert.)  

In a more impressive moment, USA congratulates coach Doc Rivers for keeping the team together over this last several weeks, suggesting he deserves a "Coach of the Decade" award but also reporting that he "has all but said he's gone if the Sterling's stay." USA notes that considering that the Clippers were already planning to boycott if the NBA had not given the maximum punishment to Sterling the can be expected to follow Doc Rivers out the door if the Sterlings try to hold on to the team now.

One disadvantage of having as much money and power as Donald Sterling has is one grows accustomed to not having to listen to anyone else. So when one gets past "one's freshness date" as Sterling evidently has, he apparently has no one to help him get off the stage.

I have to assume mental infirmity is the explanation for Donald Sterling bizarre behavior, because the only other explanation could be he is intentionally trying to fan the flames of controversy to drive up the price of the Clippers, but this would make no sense because he does not need the money. And his reputation is now so trashed beyond trashed and he will be so hated and reviled that it will not even be safe for the man to appear in public.  

Donald Sterling, shut up and listen to someone for 20 seconds just once in your life. I will give you the best advice you've ever received. Give the LA Clippers to Magic Johnson, and shut the ^$&* up and disappear. You've got billions and billions of dollars and your lawyers are letting you down. You do not need the money and you are disgracing yourself and hurting people and the few things you care about.  

And, listen, if there are any people who care about this guy or ever cared about him, or consider yourselves to be his friend, now is the time to put together an intervention. He is wealthy enough he shouldn't have to go into a nursing home but keep him the hell away from microphones and reporters. Find a nice spot somewhere he can go fishing and play with grandchildren or goats and not cause any more harm to himself and others. If he objects he should be evaluated for being possibly "non compos mentis." Get him a nurse, a body guard, and, keep him away from sharp objects ... and microphones.  And, no media organizations with any self-respect should no anymore interviews with him now that it is clear he is no longer healthy.  

3:58 AM PT:  

4:08 AM PT: Here's a more complete transcript of Sterling's comments and an editorial from CNN. I see no reason to repeat them here when you can follow this link if you wish to read them. Also, there's a 6 minute video here CNN offers that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. CNN plans to air more of this interview tonight. As you can imagine condemnation of Sterling is universal even apparently before some of the worst parts of the interview have been released.

Catherine E. Shoichet and Steve Almasy, CNN by CNN exclusive: Donald Sterling insists he's no racist, still slams Magic Johnson

4:16 AM PT: Sterling looks like he is going to make an astounding profit on the sale of the Clippers, which is a travesty.  If Sterling had the slightest bit of good sense or even a fragment of sound legal advice he would set up a Magic Johnson Scholarship Foundation and donate all proceeds to it.

Or even better, if I were advising Don Sterling, I'd tell him and Shelly to give the entire team outright to Magic Johnson, with an apology note, an then leave their entire estate to a Magic Johnson Scholarship Foundation with Johnson as the Executor.

It wouldn't make up for it, but it would be a symbolic gesture that Sterling finally gets what a complete asshole he has been, and that he is, in fact, a racist. Then he should take a vow of silence and disappear forever until he dies.


Originally posted to HoundDog on Tue May 13, 2014 at 02:39 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (27+ / 0-)

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    by HoundDog on Tue May 13, 2014 at 02:39:47 AM PDT

  •  Point and laugh. (5+ / 0-)
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    CNN taking the man seriouly?

    Ho.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Tue May 13, 2014 at 03:04:01 AM PDT

    •  Corporate merger alert! (2+ / 0-)
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      Riddle me this: the difference between CNN and the Onion.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Tue May 13, 2014 at 03:09:09 AM PDT

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      •  Hey, that's a cool logo dadadata. Ya, I was (4+ / 0-)
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        wondering if Anderson Cooper wasn't "slumming" it a little.

        Especially after it is "beginning" to look as if Donald may not be .... how does one say ... totally cogent.  

        I meant to go on TV first of all was a highly questionable choice, then to start off bashing Magic Johnson, on his health status, his "lack of contribution to the black community, etc. etc, . Whoa?

        Why didn't CNN just start playing the Twilight Zone music?

        Too Dee Too Doo, Too Dee Too Doo.

        I suppose maybe I ought to check to make sure some vast hoax hasn't been perpetrated by some organization trying to bring down CNN by making a computer simulation of Anderson Cooper and a mock up CNN site.  Maybe the Onion folks have managed to get themselves a Cray 2 Supercomputer and Pixar animation studio software?

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        by HoundDog on Tue May 13, 2014 at 03:54:58 AM PDT

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  •  sink any lower? This is the slumlord and his wife (19+ / 0-)

    who for decades kept people in substandard housing, preferring to pay mega-fines and lawyer fees as opposed to using the same money to fix up his buildings.  This is the slumlord who also tried to systematically tried to exclude people of color from his substandard housing (think about it; there has to be a cognitive disconnect there)

    Sink any lower?  He and his wife were already there.  The MSM just finally noticed after decades of allowing him to extort millions from the helpless  

    •  Yea, but if you google Donald Sterling and see (4+ / 0-)

      what he actually said about Magic Johnson you will see there is in a lower than this low to go.

      I do not want to give his ugly and vile remarks a platform, but they are worse than being a slumlord, IMO.

      Thanks for commenting entlord.

      I'm going to have to sign off fast, because I haven't been to bed yet, and if I catch the morning wave and go a day without sleeping I"ll "risk getting off cycle." Sheesh.  

      Trying to post during the day is sort of worthless unless you are a front pager or famous person. So I like to catch the wave by about 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm. Which I'm in danger of missing because after waking up I have to put in a days work before starting to write so I'm already going to be in a squeeze.

      Thanks for commenting entlord.  Catch ya later maybe.

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      by HoundDog on Tue May 13, 2014 at 03:48:18 AM PDT

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      •  it appears that I may be in for another bout (4+ / 0-)
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        with narcolepsy.  Things tend to be trending that way.  Not to argue, but  I count being a slumlord and the human misery it causes to be far viler than a statement.  In a few months, the words will be forgotten in the memory hole while the consequences of decades of substandard housing can span generations

        •  Well, I guess you are correct in that regard. (1+ / 0-)
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          So let me apologize an retract that.

          I was just thinking that there are probably hundreds of thousands of people who are slumlords, a lot just driven by greed and profit, but to say Magic Johnson was just a worthless person with .... well I don't want to repeat it but it seemed worse than just owning slums to be.

          If you pile on personal responsibility for "human misery" spanning generations" you win the debate automatically by definition entlord.

          After I moved up to the Boston area I lived in sub-standard housing  and slum for more than a decade and even knew a lot of the "slumlords" of the places I lived.

          They didn't seem particularly more dispicable than many small time capitalists.

          Around parts of Somerville, Cambridge, back when I was really, really poor there was rent control, so most owner would not put any money into buildings at all. They became so run down, so squalid, that they became national examples for why those policies backfired, so my own experience with slumlords may have colored my outlook.

          But, this is not a point important enough to me to argue about so I'm happy to concede it if it is important to you.

          Not to argue, but  I count being a slumlord and the human misery it causes to be far viler than a statement.  In a few months, the words will be forgotten in the memory hole while the consequences of decades of substandard housing can span generations  
          Not as an argument but as a friendly mathematical or philosophical exercise it might be fun to come back to this question and pull it apart.

          I used to do mathematical and computer  models of social systems where we often had to do thing like construct "Indexes of Human Misery" and create variable like "The Effect of Substandard Housing on Subjective Experience Human Misery" and weight it with parameters like Normal Level of Human Misery Due to Substandard Housing, and so we could then compare it to  a separate chain of cause and effect like "Effect of Ratio of National Racial Verbal Abuse Of National On CNN to Normal Racial Verbal Abuse In Media."

          I mean I didn't work on this particular model, I only illustrating the kinds of variable we'd have to pull out of this example an then try find data to support some quantification and normalization of the model and to sensitivity testing etc.

          You very well may be correct, however, a curious feature of complicated social system models with lots of variables and feedback loops if you properly represent the varying relationships between the variable across broad ranges, is that they can be thought of a multi-ordered non-linear differential equations which turn out are often too complicated for anyone to resolve in our heads, or even with analytic mathematics.

          So if we were to want to seriously study the imacts, causes, consequences, etc of racism in our culture, and the interactions with media, housing, capitalism, slumlords, with the idea of wanting to know if vile expressions of racism (words) caused more misery or suffering than living conditions of the sort experience by average Americans, we would probably discover we needed a lot more information and thought than we could muster than just between the two of us chatting back and forth here.

          Just as an illustrative thought experiment for no other reason as show a extreme possibilities let me "stretch reality quite a bit" in what are called "extreme conditions tests" where we imagine situations that don't exist and might be too extreme to ever exist just to test the "robustness of a hypothesis" or a model construct.

          I could imagine someone suggesting that "slumlord and the human misery it causes to be far viler than a statement," at least as far as the United State is concerned for a sizable fraction of the population many of our "vilest slums" might almost seem like "wonderlands" to many in the poorest 30% of the worlds population, such that the word "human misery" might be "overwrought" with regard to actual material standards of living such as shelter, running water, indoor plumbing electricity, heat, pest control, etc.

          However, the cultural, psychological, and socio-economic effects of hateful racism on young children, teenagers, or even parents, and the elderly in terms of self esteem, perceived safety, ostracism, pride, hope, opportunities, the feelings parents have in the eyes of their children, etc, could be turn out to be vastly more consequently relative differences in material standards of livings once one gets past certain basic minimum levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

          Do you see what I'm saying. Do to the law of the diminishing law of returns, yes, higher quality of housing makes a difference, however above a certain point of heat, running water, sewage, pest control, security, etc, some of those differences may actually be sociological and social status such that they are conflated with cultural issues intimately tied together with the degree of perceived racism, inequality of income, wealth, social status, job opportunity, neighborhood distribution tied to race in the culture such that expressions of racism of the sort we see from Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling may not be mere "the words will be forgotten in the memory hole, in a few month" as you say, but deeply painful tips of a cultural iceberg of racial inequality that some people have felt every second, minute, day, month, and year, of their life, and is a pain tied together with every single experience they have had with their parents or their children, and every single moment they have watched TV, or walked through a shopping mall, or been bullied, at school.

          Or known, that their children will be bullied at school, or invisibly penalized at grading time in ways one can never prove or complain about, or protect your children, or be penalized at job applications, or worry that their children or parents would be killed in racial violence or their fathers are serving 10 year in jail for some ridiculous non-violent drug offense,  -- a pain so deep, "substandard, housing" seems like a trivial piece of &^ ( by comparison to the inter-generational racism that some may feel has suppressed 5 or ten generations of their ancestor an may oppress 5 or 10 more before we are through with it, such that if we offered them a trade where they could live  instead in a society free of racism and that was truly free and equal they might gladly and voluntarily live in the cheapest most run down tenement house in any city in the U.S. if they could have their parent out of jail and live free of racial oppression.

          Do you see what I'm saying entlord? Anyway, that would just be one way of looking at it if we were doing one of these mathematical models I was talking about. I don't know that any real people would feel this way. But, that would be the interesting thing, it might give us some questions we could ask around with, and open up our minds so we would be alert to hearing things we might otherwise miss.

          Let me say again, I'm not trying to start anything an you know I consider you to be a friend otherwise I wouldn't even be sharing my thoughts with you on such a sensitive topic.

          And, like I said before about two hours ago, I need to get to bed early before these morning people wake up and then keep me awake.

          Some of them to so like to talk so much, and sometimes keep me up way past my bedtime even though I tell them they shouldn't do this.

          Good night entlord, Sorry I can't stick and and chat about this more but I am get tired. I do hope we can come back to this because you have raised an interesting topic here that seem worthy of more serious discussion once we have the proper time for it. Maybe we could ask some others who are interested and may know some facts about it to join and and help us sketch out some key variables, and relationships?

          Cheers. Catch you later.    

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          by HoundDog on Tue May 13, 2014 at 05:39:54 AM PDT

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          •  thank you for considering me a friend (1+ / 0-)
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            You have given me a great deal of food for thought

            •  Oh, yes, don't you think we are friends, entlord? (0+ / 0-)

              We talk all the time in friendly ways. I always look forward to your comments when ever I see your name.

              I tip all of your comments, and probably posts too, I can't remember off the top of my head, hopefully only because I'm so busy and not because I'm having a senior moment.

              Hey, I have an article suggesting when older people have senior moments it doesn't necessarily mean our brains our "slowing down" but may mean our brains are so much fuller than young peoples that it takes our "internal filing clerks longer to find things."  

              Like it takes longer to find something in the state library than in the high school library.  That's my story and and sticking too it entlord.

              I just woke up after or late morning conversation. When I get 180 degrees off cycle it wrecks havac on my short-term memory.  So please forgive me it next time I run into you I don't even remember this conversation.

              I have to stay on a 24 hour cycle, but this is so difficult to do, because once I start writing time sort of "disappears.

              Cheers.

              Did anything interesting happen today?  

              Hey is this NN Troots conference coming up soon. That's one of my favorite times of the year because all the Front Pagers are so distracted emerging "Back Pager Authors" like me can sometimes grab a headline even in the daytime while they are all distracted hob knobbing with the big whigs and getting bombed out of those big glass champaign fountains like that time they had it in Las Vegas or where ever it was where they were all drunk all week and I managed to get my first 4 front page recs in the same week.

              That's one of the main reason I have to work the night shift entlord, because without the Front Page window trying to post in the work day hours is a losing proposition.

              The majority of people use Mobil Apps during the work days, to avoid Corporate Security and the Mobil Apps apparently take user to the Front Page - Then to FP Recs and then if you select Recents it takes the User to Community. I don't think they can actually see the real Recent List.  I could be wrong, but I see 20 to 30 posters, even big names languishing in the afternoon with 2 - 5 recs.

              Cheers.

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              by HoundDog on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:18:39 PM PDT

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              •  check out this thread I have going with a newbie (0+ / 0-)

                http://www.dailykos.com/...

                You may wish to trace the thread back to its genesis but the bottom line is this guy is new here and is reciting all the RW talking points.  I have decided to try to keep him around and educate him.  He just has no idea where he has landed and I hope he does not bolt before we can help him see the way the world really is

          •  It is both individual & institutional racism; (1+ / 0-)
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            Together. They feed on each other & cause a lot of problems. Sterling is one example of many individuals who manifest their racism in their biz practices.

            I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

            by a2nite on Tue May 13, 2014 at 06:34:43 AM PDT

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            •  Agreed. (0+ / 0-)

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              by HoundDog on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:21:17 PM PDT

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            •  Excellent point a2nite. So you are saying the two (0+ / 0-)

              views are not mutually exclusive or either or, they could both be true at the same time.

              The total "Accumulated Human Misery Donald Sterling Has Caused People of Color" could be the sum of his "Life time of Misery from Substandard Housing" that entlord mentioned PLUS the "Misery from a Racist and Oppressive Culture Causing Psychological Pain, Discriminating, Loss of Self-Esteem Etc." that I was talking about.

              So you've created the "Sterling Double Asshole Theory." Brilliant a2nite.

              I concede all my points to both you and entlord as you both have convinced me this man is even more of a rotten turd than I even thought previously.

              Impressive a2nite. Perhaps, you should consider a career on conflict resolution. I was growing concerned that entlord and I were going to have to go to weekly meetings where we had to share our feelings, and made lists of things we appreciated about each other. Since we already like each other and I think each of us come from a generation where that kind of a thing is painful so I predict entlord will be just as enthusiastic about endorsing your "breakthroughg" as I am.

              (humor alert.  (Hey just because it is humor doesn't meant there are not a lot of true things in there about Don Sterling being double racis asshole.))

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              by HoundDog on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:32:53 PM PDT

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      •  Bring a slumlord is the action his racism takes; (3+ / 0-)
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        he is projecting his evil thoughts onto MJ. He's an evil impotent ugly man who is exposed now.

        I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

        by a2nite on Tue May 13, 2014 at 05:27:45 AM PDT

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        •  Being not bring nt (0+ / 0-)

          I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

          by a2nite on Tue May 13, 2014 at 05:29:14 AM PDT

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        •  Agreed. You really nailed this one a2nite. I can't (0+ / 0-)

          believe I hadn't seen this angle before. Obviously I had staid up too late. It's cool the way you integrated both of these ideas that appeared to be in opposition to me at first. If I hadn't been so tired I could have debated this with my friend entlord all day just for fun. That's one of my favorite forms of entertainment. Had he been closer I'd have invited him over for a BBQ and spend the whole afternoon try to convince him living in a culture of racism was vastly more oppressive than living in a tenement house and then written him email about it for the next month if I had been unable to get him to agree.

          That's just the way I am. LOL its true. heck that's how some of my friends and I stay in touch. I have one friend from college who I stay in touch with by sending cards back and forth with every couple years arguing about whether or not if he build a AI music synthesizer that had recorded and "scored" "perfectly" Jimi Hendrix playing "Voodoo Chile - A Slight Return" and then got one of those music reader synthizers playing it back "perfectly' it would be exactly the same as Jimi Hendrix playing it himself live.

          I said it wouldn't be and he say, it would be.

          Nothing would be the same a Jimi Hendrix playing the music live. That's totally preposterous, of course. He could not have convinced me of that in a billion years. Jimi Hendrix is may favorite guitarist and after Albert Schwietzer Mahatma Gandhi, and Albert Einstein, at about 16 Jimi Hendrix became my role model, and has been ever since, so he was trying to needle me. He also knew I believe Jimi Hendrix' soul is from a different spiritual dimension, that I am also from, that can't be reduced to some stupid musical score.  

          After 30 years of arguing about this he finally sent me a card saying I was right and he always knew I was right but only didn't want to admit it.

          I think he went to some EST week long course, or some Human Potential Movement course.

          I was happy for a little while, but then was sort of sad, because, this was our main way of having fun.  

          In this case, I'm sure entlord and I will be able to make up some new game to amuse ourselves.

          Thanks a.

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          by HoundDog on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:47:39 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, the easiest way to accumulate money (4+ / 0-)
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      is to steal it. Legal thievery is what lawyers devise.
      The law is a tool. Who wields it determines how it is used. The rule of law is not like the ruler of centimeters and inches.

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      by hannah on Tue May 13, 2014 at 03:50:03 AM PDT

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      •  Sterling looks like he is going to make an (0+ / 0-)

        astounding profit on the sale of the Clippers. If he at the slightest bit of good sense of legal advice he would set of a Magic Johnson Scholarship Foundation and donate all proceeds to it.

        Or even better, if I were advising Don Sterling I'd tell him and Shelly to give the entire team outright to Magic Johnson with an apology note, an then leave their entire estate to a Magic Johnson Scholarship Foundation with Johnson as the Executor.

        It wouldn't make up for it, but it would be a symbolic gesture that Sterling finally gets what a complete ass he has been, and that he is, in fact, a racist.

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        by HoundDog on Tue May 13, 2014 at 04:13:16 AM PDT

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        •  If he or his wife cause enough trouble I would (2+ / 0-)
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          Hope that the players, all of them would sit out next season. That would wreck the NBA biz model & decrease the value of his franchise but probably all of them. He's appears to be a scorched earth kind of guy which may be why the other owners didn't want to take him on, before.

          He's a threat to NBA in the long term.

          I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

          by a2nite on Tue May 13, 2014 at 06:46:59 AM PDT

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    •  You forgot about his wife pretending to be a (11+ / 0-)

      public health/safety inspector to scare tenants they targeted out of their bldgs.
      The pair of them are hyenas in designer clothes. And everyone involved with them has known it for years (many years).

    •  Magic Johnson is a successful entrepreneur, who (2+ / 0-)
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      has done a lot for his community, yet of all the ex athletes in the pantheon of ex athletes, Sterling is asking what has Magic done?

      This, it seems, is a particular idiosyncrasy of most racist to overlook the striking accomplishments of African Americans they resent.

      Sounds like some of the people on the Right, as well as on the Left, who always ask "what has Barack Obama done?"

      You know them by their stripes as they used to say....

  •  Thanks HD (3+ / 0-)
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    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Tue May 13, 2014 at 04:14:05 AM PDT

  •  It is not surprising CNN would give Sterling a (3+ / 0-)
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    platform, but honestly I expected Fox to beat them to it.  

    What is it with these people who believe they must announce they are not racist?  Do they really think saying that excuses the vile things they say?  I have yet to meet anyone who starts off a sentence with "I am not a racist, but", that does not prove s/he is indeed one with every utterance that follows that word "but".  

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Tue May 13, 2014 at 04:14:40 AM PDT

  •  I actually think what he said about Magic and AIDS (3+ / 0-)
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    makes him look even worse than what he was saying when tapped by his girlfriend. This one was meant for public consumption. What an arse.

  •  his wife may clean him out in the divorce (3+ / 0-)
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    The NBA is claiming that under the agreement to own the team if one of a group of partners is forced to sell by the 3/4 vote of the other NBA team owners, then the remaining partners are also forced to sell.

    If Sterling owned the team in partnership with Mr. X and Mr. Y, then X and Y would also lose out and be forced to sell their interests also, even if neither of them had a racist bone in their bodies.

    Mrs. Sterling's legal claim thus is not with the NBA but with the bad actor partner owner whose misconduct triggered the other NBA owners to vote to force a sale.  Instead of still being able to (partly) own an asset (NBA team) increasing in value over the years and returning a fair income stream, she is forced to sell her interest when he must sell his.  

    This could make for a huge claim against him in their divorce litigation.  She can sue him for not only the other half of everything they owned as a married couple (California is a community property state for divorces) but also now for her damages because she is forced to sell her partial ownership interest in the Clippers due to his racist misconduct.

    I hope the divorce proceedings are televised.

  •  some people don't know what being racist mean (3+ / 0-)
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    I know if might sound difficult to comprehend, but some people don't know what being racist really mean.
    I know some people who contribute to some charity ... and use it as a proof they ain't racist. And I have plenty of examples like that. Because someone give $$$ to some charity or eat barbecue with some exotic neighbors ... doesn't exclude them from having racist views and feelings.
    I know this man is old and probably acting like an Alzheimer patient ... but man, oh man ... will he keep talking ?

  •  He does not even know what on the tapes was so (3+ / 0-)
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    offensive.  He thinks it was his use of the term "black" instead of African American.  WHat a whiny, mean spirited jackass.

  •  The only part I'm unclear on.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...is whether he's racist because he's insane, or the racism is separate from what appear to be some serious mental issues.

    Anyway... not like I attended Clippers games in the first place to stop patronizing him now.

  •  This whole story is ridiculous: (0+ / 0-)

    Demented old rich guy makes some racist statements to his supposed girlfriend, who records them.
       Media outrage erupts.
       The NBA, after having been fine with the old guy's slumlord activities for years, suddenly can't have him as a team owner any more, despite the fact that he has a life expectancy of about half an hour.
       So, years of wrangling ensue, supposed girlfriend becomes a media figure, and eventually the team is sold at a handsome profit.
       People congratulate themselves for putting this old racist in his place.

      Meanwhile, black unemployment stays at 11 percent, black kids still under perform. Housing and schools are still segregated. Young black men are still imprisoned at rates far out of proportion to their percentage of the population, blacks are still murdered at a rate far higher than other ethnicities, and so on.

     

  •  &remind NBA MrsSterling equally/unqualified 2 own! (0+ / 0-)

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:54:00 PM PDT

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