“You can’t be racist no more?” -Patrice O’Neal
In the latest chapter of this astonishing saga, the news came out this week that demented 107 year-old Donald Sterling and his floozy of a “wife” will not go quietly into that good night, and intend to fight the NBA’s hostile takeover of his sagging franchise for conceivably years to come.
And I couldn’t be happier.
Not because Sterling isn’t an asshole, he is indeed of the of the large and cavernous variety, but just being an asshole doesn’t mean you should have your goddamn team taken away. I don’t care what the guy said (and by the way it was disappointingly mild: not an N-Bomb in sight) to hijack his team out from under him and fine him 2.5 million dollars is absolute horseshit any way you slice it. And I don’t recommend slicing horseshit.
First off, let’s remember that the old coot’s getting in dutch for something he said while being unknowingly taped in private conversation. What’s next, thought crime? And if you saw his cringe-inducing Anderson Cooper interview it’s fairly obvious to see that Sterling spouts the rambling idiocy of an Alzheimer’s patient. This is the guy the NBA is going on a witch hunt for? Give him another few months and he won’t even remember he owns the team.
Also, I can’t fathom the public outrage that an eighty-year old said something vaguely racist. Welcome to every Thanksgiving ever. Besides, if Sterling was a hockey owner nobody would even care what he said. And it’s not like his whole team is that upset; I heard Blake Griffin’s only half-angry.
I mean really, who gives a shit about the mock outrage of the NBA? If the fans want Sterling to lose the team, then do it the old-fashioned way: simply boycott The Clippers. Otherwise you’re just robbing an old man blind, and that’s his wife’s job.