Bob Costas: The media must do its part to convince Donald Sterling to sell his team

posted at 4:41 pm on April 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, does this sound like a guy who cares what the media thinks of him? Actual quote from a deposition Sterling gave a few years ago:

Tip of the iceberg. See, for instance, this 2009 Deadspin list of Sterling lowlights featuring multiple allegations of racism, sexual harassment, and egregious skinflintery. The man’s defining characteristic is shamelessness, so much so that I’m surprised that he questioned the accuracy of that recording of him rambling about black fans at Clippers games. He’s 80 years old, financially invulnerable, is looking potentially at a billion-dollar profit if he sells the team, and seems to all appearances to relish being a boor. Why not own it at this point and laugh in the public’s face? “The Magic Christian” is long overdue for a sequel anyway.

All of which is to say, what does Costas think the media can or should do beyond simply reporting this out to humiliate this guy into liquidating his showcase property? Why, for that matter, does he want the media actively trying to help the NBA out of its PR clusterfark in the first place? Let the commissioner and owners deal with it. There’s little they can do under league rules to take control of the team unless it’s in financial distress, but presumably a lucrative enough offer will ease Sterling out the door. (We’ll call the difference between the team’s appraisal value and the sales price in this case the “racism premium.”) Having the owners demand that he sell might be the only form of peer pressure on him that works; the social circles he moves in might have looked the other way at his previous misdeeds but they can’t look the other way at this. The only other obvious solution is for the Clippers to go on strike (preferably next year instead of right now, in the middle of the playoffs, for the fans’ sake). That would force Sterling either to sell or to replace them with a bunch of scrubs who would be roundly destroyed by every team they play … thereby making them exactly like most of the Clippers teams that have played for Sterling since he bought the team in the early 80s.

Exit question via former NBA star Larry Johnson: Is it time for racially segregated basketball leagues? I’m going to vote no.


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The media stopped reporting the news at least as far back as 2007…

HiJack on April 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM

It goes back at least to 1964, but it certainly got much worse when the “Watergate Generation” graduated from “J-School.”

bw222 on April 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

And don’t forget, Walter Duranty of the NY Times got a Pulitzer for not reporting the news…80 years ago.

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM

I’m speaking only in terms of philosophy, though. Practically, Sterling will be forced to sell/relinquish control. Doc Rivers is already publicly against him, and a team needs a coach more than it needs an owner (except for when paychecks need to be signed, of course).

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 6:03 PM

When people discuss Mr. Sterling please put “Democrat” after his name…

albill on April 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM

And who is going to get rid of Spike Lee who never gets challenged for his racist crap

HAGGS99 on April 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Golly, I hope this means we’ll be treated to another Serious Conversation by Costas during Sunday Night Football next season! Cause lord knows, I’ve been on pins and needles waiting for him to denounce the remarks. /

What Sterling said was deplorable, but these public shaming campaigns for thought crimes are a far more worrisome trend.

changer1701 on April 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Did any body see meet the Press and they hinted about the MLB owner down in Houston.

“@EvanDrellich: B. Gumbel today said MLB has “an owner down in Houston who has kind of the same tortured history as Donald Sterling” http://t.co/ZKE1HnUsEd”

“@EvanDrellich: Al Sharpton: “But the danger is that, if we get past this Sterling moment, we’ll never deal with the guy in Houston or anywhere else.”

Notice they never use his name.

Patricksp on April 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

When people discuss Mr. Sterling please put “Democrat” after his name…

albill on April 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM

LA Times “reporter” claims Sterling has been a registered Republican since 1998.

That must be why the NAACP likes him so much!

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Why does the news media have to be a party to this controversy? I thought their job was to report what’s happening, not be a party to it. Sterling should turn over control of the team to his wife, who apparently has more sense at this point than he does.

oldennis on April 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Why does the news media have to be a party to this controversy? I thought their job was to report what’s happening, not be a party to it. Sterling should turn over control of the team to his wife, who apparently has more sense at this point than he does.

oldennis on April 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM

That’s Old Skool.

Costas is New Skool.

Bitter Clinger on April 28, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Exit question via former NBA star Larry Johnson: Is it time for racially segregated basketball leagues?

So if a white guy suggested this I wonder what the outraged reaction would be?…..
What next will blacks suggest? Segregated schools? Buses? Drinking fountains?

albill on April 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Why should making him sell the team be a goal, though?

In the past, I would have been all for ousting Sterling; not for any of his personal stances, but because he was a lousy owner who produced a horrible product. But the Clippers are finally ascendant. Hardly seems like the time to force him out, so it might be a perfect time for him to sell.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Because this is a PR nightmare for the NBA and it’ll get exponentially worse if Sterling still has control over the Clippers by the start of next season.

Right now, Silver is telling players and sponsors “Don’t worry, I get this, carry on”. They’re giving him time. So he’ll have to do something with that time – convince Sterling to step away.

joana on April 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM

You know, I so don’t even care anymore. It’s not illegal to be a racist. Be racist. Whatever. It’s allegedly a free country. And if a racist wants to own a basketball team, so be it.

Shump on April 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Why does the news media have to be a party to this controversy? I thought their job was to report what’s happening, not be a party to it. Sterling should turn over control of the team to his wife, who apparently has more sense at this point than he does.

oldennis on April 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM

They ceased to see that as their job a long time ago. Now, they’re in the business of pushing agendas, so this is right in their wheelhouse.

changer1701 on April 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

When people discuss Mr. Sterling please put “Democrat” after his name…

albill on April 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM

alas, this won’t fly. Because ready for it? He has been a Registered Republican for 25 years. That is the party he put on his voting card.

He is a registered Republican.

Stay strong.

coolrepublica on April 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Donald Sterling has the mother of all PR problems that will resolve itself without Bob Costas – one way or the other. My question is, when did the media switch from being the mouth piece of political correctness to the enforcement arm? Eh, Bobby Short Pants? Any answers?

nico on April 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Because this is a PR nightmare for the NBA and it’ll get exponentially worse if Sterling still has control over the Clippers by the start of next season.

Right now, Silver is telling players and sponsors “Don’t worry, I get this, carry on”. They’re giving him time. So he’ll have to do something with that time – convince Sterling to step away.

joana on April 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM

So let the NBA handle that. I’m saying why should it be a goal for your average fan, or for people who don’t care about the NBA at all.

Anyway, do they really want to set a precedent that owners can be forcibly ousted if they say anything a bit too touchy? I remember some people got mad because of Dan Gilbert’s famous “comic sans” open letter about LeBron. Should that be grounds for dismissal by Lord Silver?

And God forbid, what about Mark Cuban? I can’t imagine him existing in a world where he might get canned by the league for saying something controversial.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

favorite Costas pic.

arnold ziffel on April 28, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I don’t know how racist Sterling actually is, but I do know that his remarks were taken out of context, that Stiviano got a sizeable amount of money out of him, and that she was recording their private conversations.

oldennis on April 28, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I don’t know how racist Sterling actually is, but I do know that his remarks were taken out of context, that Stiviano got a sizeable amount of money out of him, and that she was recording their private conversations.

oldennis on April 28, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Reminds me of the Mel Gibson voicemails.

Mel said a lot of terrible stuff, and I don’t think it was right, but Oksana was also a conniver who set a trap for him.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

He has been a Registered Republican for 25 years. That is the party he put on his voting card.

He is a registered Republican.

Stay strong.

coolrepublica on April 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Too bad you can’t find any records of him donating to Republicans the way he’s donated to Democrats (and the NAACP) in the past. Let us know when Mother Jones finds them.

STAY STUPID

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Maybe the NBA should just require Mr. Sterling to attend Sensitivity Training Classes and all will be good.

pain train on April 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Costas apparently talks about these controversies to keep people from falling asleep during his monologues.

oldennis on April 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Too bad you can’t find any records of him donating to Republicans the way he’s donated to Democrats (and the NAACP) in the past. Let us know when Mother Jones finds them.

STAY STUPID

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Have you ever heard of the word optics?

Yesterday some people here were in a giddy that he could be a democrat. Well today the wind is blowing the other. Sterling identifies as a Republican.

Don’t blame me. Blame Sterling. FYI I think it sucks too. It would have been nice that he was a registered democrat to show that racism does not stop at one party line. But it was not meant to be.

coolrepublica on April 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Is this racism or a case of performance anxiety?

Bob Costas wants to grow up to be Howard Cosell

meci on April 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

They both wear small dead animals on their heads.

slickwillie2001 on April 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM

If I had a dollar for each time an NBA used the “N” word in the locker room this season, I could buy the Clippers.

Bask in the warm, warm glow of glaring double standards.

turfmann on April 28, 2014 at 7:07 PM

You know, I so don’t even care anymore. It’s not illegal to be a racist. Be racist. Whatever. It’s allegedly a free country. And if a racist wants to own a basketball team, so be it.

Shump

If a racist can be president(as is currently the case), why should anyone care about an NBA owner?

xblade on April 28, 2014 at 7:09 PM

does this mean no basketball, please?

elifino on April 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM

she was recording their private conversations.

oldennis on April 28, 2014 at 6:38 PM

There is no such thing as a private conversation anymore.

scalleywag on April 28, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Ann Coulter says the Democrats are the Party Of The Mob.

I think Bob Costas just proved her point.

Socratease on April 28, 2014 at 7:41 PM

So let the NBA handle that. I’m saying why should it be a goal for your average fan, or for people who don’t care about the NBA at all.
Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

I don’t know – I can’t even thing of why would you wonder about that yourself. Then again, you seem to have a tendency to say the most bizarre things for no apparent reason.

For the record, I was replying to your question, and I quote ipsis verbis: Why should making him sell the team be a goal, though? I explained why: it’s a PR nightmare for the NBA that affects the league’s value – which should be concerning to any fan as well.

Anyway, do they really want to set a precedent that owners can be forcibly ousted if they say anything a bit too touchy? I remember some people got mad because of Dan Gilbert’s famous “comic sans” open letter about LeBron. Should that be grounds for dismissal by Lord Silver?

And God forbid, what about Mark Cuban? I can’t imagine him existing in a world where he might get canned by the league for saying something controversial.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

You have no idea what you’re talking about. You need to stop being so dramatic and emotional; nobody is going to “forcibly oust” anyone. The NBA is a joint-venture, the by-laws don’t allow them to kick out a partner because of this kind of stuff. Silver will talk him into selling, possibly using some though love. But it’s a matter of persuasion; it’s not like the NBA will sue Sterling to force him to sell the team. Grown ups will talk and sort out a negotiated exit, don’t worry.

joana on April 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Don’t care.

Don’t care if Sterling is a racist OR a Democrat. Both positions are still legal (and in my view being a Democrat is much more destructive to the unity and future of this nation than being a racist.)

I’m not even going to denounce racist thought and speech, because its just one of many poorly thought-out and emotional viewpoints people hold.

There are ACTIONS I will object to and fight against, but holding opinions is still a sacred freedom to a constitutionalist.

The longer we buy into this ridiculous outrageous outrage-y outrage over white guys saying racial things, or straight guys saying homo things, or Christians saying Christian things, the tighter we voluntarily pull that rope around our own necks, the rope that some famous Commie talked about one time.

Just stop it. Stop agreeing how awful terrible horrifying it is that Bundy/Sterling/Zimmerman/Eich said/did/thought such and such.

STOP THE DENOUNCING. The only rational response for a constitutionalist is “Yeah, maybe he’s an idiot. So?”

Dolce Far Niente on April 28, 2014 at 8:13 PM

No cookie for Limbaugh – no cookie for this supporter of the Liberal Agenda.

That is the way the game is played, right?

Who wants a cookie?

famous amos on April 28, 2014 at 8:36 PM

And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing “pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.” She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

J_Crater on April 28, 2014 at 8:38 PM

According to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Costas is a day (or more) late and a more than a dollar short.

She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee.

J_Crater on April 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM

No one is trying to censor the speech of Sterling or Bundy. They have an absolute right to speak. They do not, however, have a right to escape any consequences of their speech.

I may not like what you say, but will fight to the death to defend your right to say it. At the same time, I will not fight for you to be completely and utterly free of any consequences that may befall you.

There is no ‘right’ not to be offended, but there is also no ‘right’ to suffer any consequences resulting from your right to speak.

Constitutionalists know that all rights come with responsibilities.

Resist We Much on April 28, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Have you ever heard of the word optics?

Yesterday some people here were in a giddy that he could be a democrat. I just couldn’t prove it when challenged to do so.

coolrepublica on April 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM

FIFY-

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Sterling, for all the good he has done through charity work for minorities, is a racist dinosaur…

…and He has ever right to voice his opinion…

…and people have every right to choose to ‘punish’ him for that opinion by NOT buying tickets, by NOT going to games, to NOT buy merchandise…to NOT watch them on TV

….but (IMO) they do not have the right or authority to force him to give up or be stripped of his business…people can choose not to give him their business but not ‘take’ his business (unless there is some clause in the group of owners group).

I heard someone say he is running his team like a ‘plantation’. What B$! No one is being held in slavery to work against their will! They are being paid millions to play a game and can walk anytime they want.

I find what he said to be despicable, racist, foul, and wrong…but people need to rein in the vigilante attitude & stop over-blowing this (comparing his remarks to running a plantation). Hit him where it hurts – his wallet…and pity / pray for the man.

easyt65 on April 28, 2014 at 9:36 PM

For the record, I was replying to your question, and I quote ipsis verbis: Why should making him sell the team be a goal, though? I explained why: it’s a PR nightmare for the NBA that affects the league’s value – which should be concerning to any fan as well.

Since when the hell do fans care about the league’s bottom line? I mean, I don’t want the league to go bankrupt, and I don’t want to precipitate another lockout. Beyond that, I give absolutely zero ****s if individual teams are profitable. I could care less if the NBA has a PR problem from this. I don’t watch NBA games to hear garbage PC claptrap, I watch them to see the best players in the world play at the highest level, which happens whether or not Sterling talks about black people.

You have no idea what you’re talking about. You need to stop being so dramatic and emotional; nobody is going to “forcibly oust” anyone. The NBA is a joint-venture, the by-laws don’t allow them to kick out a partner because of this kind of stuff. Silver will talk him into selling, possibly using some though love. But it’s a matter of persuasion; it’s not like the NBA will sue Sterling to force him to sell the team. Grown ups will talk and sort out a negotiated exit, don’t worry.

joana on April 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

So as long as a lawsuit isn’t filed, it isn’t coercion? That’s ridiculous.

“Tough love”? LMAO. Have you *ever* followed the NBA? Do you know Sterling’s history? The league has known for decades that he’s a jerk and a racist. He’s a terrible owner, but selling should be his decision.

If he doesn’t want to sell and the commisioner forces him, then yes, that’s “forcibly ousting.” Not that I’ll shed any tears for him, as he’ll make a ton by selling to team. But it’s still a horrible precedent.

You clearly know absolutely nothing about the history of professional sports in this country. Especially in the NBA, the realm of Tim Donaghy, frozen envelopes and the “retirement” of MJ.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I don’t know – I can’t even thing of why would you wonder about that yourself. Then again, you seem to have a tendency to say the most bizarre things for no apparent reason.

joana on April 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

You can’t even thing? What a coincidence! I also have a hard time thinging!

BTW, simply stating that someone says “bizarre things” doesn’t make it true. But you seem to think that you can weave facts out of whole cloth simply by stating them.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM

coolrepublica on April 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Don’t even think of trying to credibly respond to this, as I’ve used variations of this same argument in court, and never lost. In my cases, it had nothing to do with politics, however. And since my argument has held up in court proving that I proved my point without defending the accused party, you’re going to have a wonderful time refuting it.

Being a Registered voter identifying oneself as affiliated with a particular political party is absolutely no proof that said person actually voted for that party’s candidate, as the ballot is secret.

On the other hand, donating to candidates of a certain political party, as well as donating to, and then being recognized publicly for doing so, causes favored by that same other political party, is admissible in court as evidence that said person in question favored one side over the other.

You’re not very good at this. But keep shoveling!

F-

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Well, no one is talking about Bundy anymore.

A couple of things: in both cases, we have surreptitiously recorded remarks used to “out” someone. No one cares about privacy anymore? I guess we only worry about privacy if it’s a Republican admin snooping on cell phone calls or Obama making anti-Semetic remarks at a fund raiser.

It’s pretty obvious Stiviano is a gold-digging whore. She probably did embezzle all that money and taped Sterling for insurance if she got caught.

Lastly, do I need to say Sterling is a thoroughly odious man, a perfect example of a Democrat?

DRayRaven on April 29, 2014 at 6:17 AM

It’s my team. Don’t like it? Don’t come to the games. F*** off and die…

Big John on April 29, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Given how much “work we have to do”, according to president globe-trotter, where are we going to find an owner who isn’t a racist?

Bob Costas must have lost interest in sports a long time ago if these are the matters that interest him.

BTW, I thought the NBA was pretty much a black league already. Time to start working on the white supremacists of the NHL.

virgo on April 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Here is the crux that nobody is talking about:

If they kick Sterling out of the league for what he said in private then they ought to be kicking the PLAYERS out of the league for what they say in private (and in public) … Players should be held to the same ‘moral’ standards… even higher standards if you ask me. Not too many people know who Sterling is… but everyone knows (and looks up to) the players. This is absolutely absurd… Kick EVERY player out who uses the N-word.

I heard the WHOLE tape and Sterling just called them ‘blacks’ and just said, “Honey, don’t post pictures, or come to my games with a black stud, it makes me look bad”.

RedManBlueState on April 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Hope he disbands the team altogether rather than sells it but instead he’ll go on the crying apology tour offering reparations.

Buttercup on April 29, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Bob Costas: The media must do its part to convince Donald Sterling to sell his team

Another liberal Democrat in the media who thinks his job is to change the world instead of clearly and truthfully reporting the news.

RJL on April 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

“No one is trying to censor the speech of Sterling or Bundy. They have an absolute right to speak. They do not, however, have a right to escape any consequences of their speech.

I may not like what you say, but will fight to the death to defend your right to say it. At the same time, I will not fight for you to be completely and utterly free of any consequences that may befall you.

There is no ‘right’ not to be offended, but there is also no ‘right’ to suffer any consequences resulting from your right to speak.

Constitutionalists know that all rights come with responsibilities.”

Depends on what these ‘consequences’ are.How far reaching are they, and who decides?

usmc594ever on April 29, 2014 at 6:45 PM

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