Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why aren’t we also outraged that Donald Sterling was secretly recorded?

posted at 11:21 am on April 29, 2014 by Allahpundit

This isn’t a defense of Sterling, whom he hopes loses the team, just a plenty-of-blame-to-go-around scolding — and a good one, too. Read it all. He blames Sterling for old-school bigotry, the media for ignoring Sterling’s history of racist behavior until it was served up on a silver platter last weekend, and Sterling’s girlfriend for violating his privacy by recording their conversations. That last bit is an interesting analog to the reaction among some righties after Cliven Bundy said what he said about slavery and the welfare state. Just because the man holds outre views, Bundy’s defenders argued, doesn’t mean that the feds’ land-use policies are correct. Abdul-Jabbar’s making the same point about Sterling’s privacy, a small rebuke to the idea that when it comes to punishing a cardinal social sin like prejudice, the ends justify the means. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is worried about the same thing.

“Again, there’s no excuse for his positions. There’s no excuse for what he said. There’s no excuse for anybody to support racism. There’s no place for it in our league, but there’s a very, very, very slippery slope.

“If it’s about racism and we’re ready to kick people out of the league, OK? Then what about homophobia? What about somebody who doesn’t like a particular religion. What about somebody who’s anti-semitic What about a xenophobe?

“In this country, people are allowed to be morons.”

Here’s Kareem. Just one question: Was Sterling’s privacy violated?

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.

They caught big game on a slow news day, so they put his head on a pike, dubbed him Lord of the Flies, and danced around him whooping…

Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? Although the impact is similar to Mitt Romney’s comments that were secretly taped, the difference is that Romney was giving a public speech. The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime. We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it.

“I hope whoever made this illegal tape is sent to prison,” he concludes. Is the tape illegal, though? Well, California is a two-party consent state when it comes to wiretapping; if Sterling didn’t consent, his girlfriend could indeed do time for recording him. The curveball here is that she claims he did consent. Supposedly, she has more than 100 hours of audio of him rambling about God knows what, all of which was done with his approval because, she says … he had trouble remembering things and used the tapes as memory-fresheners. Which raises a new legal/ethical question: Does an 80-year-old man with memory problems have the capacity to “consent” within the meaning of the wiretapping law? (Follow-up: Should an 80-year-old man who needs audio to remember things he said be running an NBA franchise?) That’s not to suggest that Sterling’s “plantation mentality,” as Abdul-Jabbar aptly describes it in the clip below, is a product of age. Kareem’s whole point is that he has a long history of dubious racial behavior and only now is being closely scrutinized for it. But does the ends justify the means in exposing him — even bearing in mind that Sterling’s gotten a free pass for stuff like this his entire, very comfortable life? To see him swing from 80 years of near-impunity to public enemy number one overnight is odd, but is it unjust?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s going to make an announcement about Sterling today at 2 p.m. ET. At a minimum he’ll face a huge fine; what they can do to him beyond that is unclear, but stay tuned. Exit question via policy genius Al Sharpton: Should the Clippers disband?


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Bingo! +100000

melle1228 on April 29, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Should the Clippers disband?

Hell no…

OmahaConservative on April 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

When it comes to Social Justice we need to be prepared to forgo a few rights.

Bishop on April 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Well done Kareem.

gophergirl on April 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

But, the ends justify the means…
/sarc

fortcoins on April 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Kareem – elder statesman.

jake-the-goose on April 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why aren’t we also outraged that Donald Sterling was secretly recorded?

…because the government does it?

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

So he does work hard enough on defense! And he tries during the playoffs! Take that, Joey!

cbenoistd on April 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Finaly a man who understands the problem… A private conversation should remain private… The little gold digger wants a payday.

Kuffar on April 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Everyone is being recorded. This isn’t like a new fad.

upinak on April 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Exit question via policy genius Al Sharpton: Should the Clippers disband?

That would be one stupid move. If the players refused to play for Sterling, he can refuse to pay them their salaries. Then again, the only part of Al Sharpton that is sharp is the the first 5 letters of his last name.

Bitter Clinger on April 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM

At a minimum he’ll face a huge fine; what they can do to him beyond that is unclear, but stay tuned.

According to Bill Simmons (who also wants you to know he thinks the comments were deplorable, in case anyone thought otherwise), it’ll be much more than a fine. I bet they strip the franchise from him…the mob will stand for nothing less. The punishment must fit the (thought)crime, after all.

changer1701 on April 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM

More info on Joey. Way OT, I know.

22044 on April 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Hope she gets jail time.

albill on April 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

At least Kareem is level headed in this whole mess. Strangely he mat come out the winner. Sharpton and Jess ewill talk just to hear their heads rattle and Magic looks like nothing more than an opportunist.

Tater Salad on April 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I noticed that we’re not also outraged that he’s an adulterer or that his wife and family seem to have accepted it.

“In this country, people are allowed to be morons.”

Indeed. Unfortunately, they seem to outnumber the rest of us.

EA_MAN on April 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Well, California is a two-party consent state when it comes to wiretapping; if Sterling didn’t consent, his girlfriend could indeed do time for recording him. The curveball here is that she claims he did consent.

He didn’t consent to having those recordings publicized. What she should be worried about is the civil suit. Sterling the litigator is going to make her his new hobby.

RadClown on April 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Wow, “head on a pike”, Lord Of The Flies – he hits a lot of points. Kareem is dead on. Sterling is a jerk, no doubt, who deserves plenty of scorn, but he’s a old, doddering fool who’s been betrayed by this bit of tail. What a sad, sorry episode.

Ward Cleaver on April 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM

This reminds me of Kobe Bryant’s comment on Zimmerman, the gist that blacks shouldn’t support Trayvon Martin just because he’s black. Of course he was vilified for saying that by some.

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/27/kobe-bryant-on-the-trayvon-martin-case-i-wont-react-to-something-just-because-im-supposed-to-because-im-an-african-american/

I suspect Kobe gained a perspective when he was accused of rape, while KAJ has the education, experience, and standing to say what’s on his mind without fear of getting publicly smeared as a race traitor.

LashRambo on April 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Mr. Abdul-Jabbar is from the era, when basketball players on scholarship earned credible degrees. His degree was in History.

This is one of his best books:

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Profiles-Courage-African-American-Achievement/dp/B001PIHVRG/ref=la_B000APM058_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398785582&sr=1-5

patch on April 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Well written, meanwhile, Shaq shows on Instagram a face mimicking a man with a physical disorder.

What difference is Shaq making fun of a man with a disability and what Spencer did?

The fact is, “racism”, but actually “ism’s” are all over…some make fun of bald, short, fat, ugly, skinny, it’s just about not being sensitive, and that is not breaking any law.

If Sterling said don’t bring any Russian’s around here, or midgets/dwarfs around here, it wouldn’t be nearly the outcry, some but not as much…

Move on, the guy is an idiot, he doesn’t like black people…

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

If the PC progs have their way, Sterling will be stripped of the team and the Clippers will go to Magic because…social justice… I’m not saying Earvin is in on this. Just follow the $$$…

fortcoins on April 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Good on this dude.

Also, why is Bundy called a “racist domestic terrorist and supremacist” and Sterling is only called a “closet racist”?

Because he’s a mega-Democrat-donor.

Media, die in obama’s azz.

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

“In this country, people are allowed to be morons.”

No kidding? MSNBC has a full staff.

Tater Salad on April 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

OT, if only the Rs were worth a thought.

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Exit question via policy genius Al Sharpton:

I don’t care what the question is.

The answer is: Tawana Brawley…

JohnGalt23 on April 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

By my count the Clippers have had 10 seasons with at least a .500 record in their 44 (?) year existence.
I’d say it’s debatable whether they really qualify as a professional basketball team….

dentarthurdent on April 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Did anyone mention he is a Democrat donor?

Tater Salad on April 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Kareem, (Louis as Coach Wooden endearingly called him) is a much better writer than actor.

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Racists deserve to be paraded around the modern town square

Just as long as you are white.

You never see it happen to anyone else.

Also, they’re going to fine this guy for comments he made privately? That’s scary.

They can’t just take his team away from him either. The other owners could probably vote his team out of the league or something. But they don’t have the balls to so that.

Moesart on April 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I don’t care what the NBA does in terms of internal fines, or even if they boot him from the league. But it’s ridiculous to suggest he could lose ownership of something he OWNS because he said something disgusting. Racism is disgusting and deplorable, but it isn’t illegal and is protected by the 1st amendment. And it certainly isn’t grounds for losing property or intellectual rights.

bossmanham on April 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

What difference is Shaq making fun of a man with a disability and what Spencer did?
right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Nothing, but we can’t call out Shaq being a disabled racist, on a little black disabled kid.

upinak on April 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

The media will go to any length, including sacrificing one of their own (Sterling is a Democrat donor) to distract the stupid public from their Messiah’s failures…

PatriotRider on April 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

-You are cleared for take-off.

-Roger!

-Huh?

Bat Chain Puller on April 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

…so when will libfreeorgan show up on this thread?

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

“In this country, people are allowed to be morons.”

Indeed. Unfortunately, they seem to outnumber the rest of us.

EA_MAN on April 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

And the morons get far too much assistance and encouragement from the courts and government and skools to not only remain morons, but celebrate and revel in their being morons.

hawkeye54 on April 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Nothing, but we can’t call out Shaq being a disabled racist, on a little black disabled kid.

upinak on April 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

And how have you been?

Great to see your post, I was thinking of you the other day…good thoughts of course.

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

“In this country, people are allowed to be morons.”

Allowed? Our public education system ENCOURAGES it.

dentarthurdent on April 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Is it the thought police or the word police? We don’t know what this Sterling dude was thinking (although apparently, not much) – from what I’ve seen of his comments, it could be he was just trying to hurt this goofy lady and found a soft spot. I’m sure most people have said things they don’t believe, just to get a reaction.

The man employs a lot of black people, and pays them a lot of money. He can’t hate them that much.

Lance Corvette on April 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

According to Bill Simmons (who also wants you to know he thinks the comments were deplorable, in case anyone thought otherwise), it’ll be much more than a fine. I bet they strip the franchise from him…the mob will stand for nothing less. The punishment must fit the (thought)crime, after all.

changer1701 on April 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM

If it’s anything less than losing the franchise, the mob will indeed be unsatisfied. They will not give up until he is destroyed.

DisneyFan on April 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

And how have you been?

Great to see your post, I was thinking of you the other day…good thoughts of course.

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Good, still in college.. working my butt off.

But I was pretty ticked off when I saw Shaq on teasing that kid. That was a stupid move.

upinak on April 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Everyone is being recorded. This isn’t like a new fad.

upinak on April 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Clearly this idea makes you very happy.

oscarwilde on April 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Kareem’s whole point is that he has a long history of dubious racial behavior

Because Sterling worried about the value of his real estate and wanted to choose who to rent to? Puh-lease. Anyone who gobbles up this junk is a moron. There are certain facts about real estate and everyone knows them. Yes, it’s fashionable for people to pretend, these days, that they have no idea … but this ain’t rocket science and it also is not without ample evidence to support. The fact that people think that business owners or property owners should be forced to hire and rent to whoever the mob decides (or the mob’s enforcer, the feral government goons) is beyond pathetic.

I couldn’t care less about Sterling or the NBA or any of these idiots but all this junk about his ‘obvious racism’ – either with the taped comments or Cuban or Jabbar’s references to business decisions in the past – is ridiculous. Enough, already.

Maybe the NBA and Jabbar and Cuban want the Clippers taken from Sterling and sold to Jeremiah Wright? After all, they love the guy who sat in Wright’s crypto-Christian, Marxist dirtbag church for a couple of decades …

“Raaaacissts!!!!” … LOL.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Our public education system ENCOURAGES it.

dentarthurdent on April 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Its a coordinated effort from the Leftist progressives across the spectrum of institutions of influence. They can get away with a whole lot of mischief with a nation full of morons, more so than with a nation full of educated and intelligent people.

hawkeye54 on April 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

All over the latest in a long line of rich white celebrities to come out of the racist closet. (Was it only a couple days ago that Cliven Bundy said blacks would be better off picking cotton as slaves? And only last June Paula Deen admitted using the “N” word?)

KAJ loses me here. Bundy was comparing the evil of working as a slave with the evil of not working as a welfare dependent. And Paula Deen admitted (when she was asked, under oath) to using the “N-word” once 20 years ago, so she’s a racist? Pretty big leap there, KAJ.

LashRambo on April 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Finally, a reasoned voice. Delivered the way KAJ played the game: with class, skill, intelligence and determination.

Marcus Traianus on April 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I love that the NAACP had to withdraw a previously announced lifetime achievement award. Wiping away tears of mirth.

That’s gotta smart.

Prufrock on April 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

They can’t just take his team away from him either. The other owners could probably vote his team out of the league or something. But they don’t have the balls to so that.

Moesart on April 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Yes, they can. If enough owners agree, they can terminate his franchise. I think that’s likely. If they don’t, then they’ll be said to condone his remarks by the mob looking for Sterling’s head. They want this to go away while receiving pats on the back, and the way to do that is to take his team away. That’s an insane penalty and an incredibly slippery slope, but I have to think that’s definitely in the cards.

As we’ve seen recently, the mob isn’t satisfied until they have their pound of flesh.

changer1701 on April 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Kareem, (Louis as Coach Wooden endearingly called him) is a much better writer PILOT than actor.

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

FIFY

connertown on April 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Clearly this idea makes you very happy.

oscarwilde on April 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The butthurt is strong in you.

I guess stating the obvious, isn’t obvious enough for you?

upinak on April 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Bat Chain Puller on April 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

One of my all-time favorite films!! And Kareem was funny!

But his analysis is probably the most intelligent thing I’ve seen in print on this whole “controversy”.

oldleprechaun on April 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Let Ludwik handle it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kbJcQYVtZMo

celtic warrior on April 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

They won’t disband.

Sterling will be suspended indefinitely.

Off-season, Clippers will move into a conservatorship while they work on a sale and eventual move to Anaheim.

Good for Jabbar.

He’s taken the stance because of how the Association treated him when it came to his cannabis use. They blacklisted him from becoming a head coach.

Sterling was willing to hire him to work with the players. They all knew who Sterling was, but they all were willing to make business.

Cuban is dead-on, and this is the real fear of not just the owners but the players. They’re all afraid of letting the larger culture turn this into a leftist cause.

Players think they’ve done their part – supported Barry and 0Care, got the gay dude a bench job he didn’t deserve but had to be done for the statement.

But they know if the progs jump in and go PC crazy, they’re all going to pay. Players are very libertarian in how they live. They know if progs start killing owners off, the surviving owners are going to make life hell for them.

We have the possibility of another lockout coming in about two years. If the progs go nuts, they owners will lock the door.

budfox on April 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Rush Limbaugh should offer to buy the team, if the NFL won’t have him maybe the NBA will. Watching the heads explode would be amusing.

Fenris on April 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

If it’s anything less than losing the franchise, the mob will indeed be unsatisfied. They will not give up until he is destroyed.

DisneyFan on April 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

He’ll be lucky if they ONLY destroy him business-wise.
Some lefties on the earlier “racist” Rancher Bundy threads were calling for Cliven Bundy to be shot by the BLM.

dentarthurdent on April 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Did anyone mention he is a Democrat donor?

Tater Salad on April 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Mostly left unsaid and unwritten and best left that way from what I’ve observed of the LSM which will make no voluntary mention of that fact. As if to let people assume he’s an old white rich conservative Republican. I mean he could’t possibly be a racist if he’s a Democrat AND donor to that party, now could he?

/snark

hawkeye54 on April 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Lenders who wouldn’t give loans to poor credit risks in the Red Line were also called “racists” and were forced by the feral government to create those bad loans for people who had no business with them … which brought us the credit crisis and ended up costing us a few trillion (at least) and the brought on Barky and the end of America. But, at least they fought the “raaaacists”!!!!

Maybe we’ll get some articles and a post on how those creditors and their “history of racist behavior” was so unconscienable and how Barky was a hero for threatening those terrible “raaaacists” and extorting money7 and loans out of them? Yeah … great stuff.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

policy genius Al Sharpton: Should the Clippers disband?

Absolutley Al. In fact, get rid of the NBA completely and destroy this years watermelon crop, and African Americans will NEVER be the butt of a joke again!!!!

(they got rid of the incandescents to save the rest of us)

WryTrvllr on April 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

The recording I would like to hear is one of this gold digger saying… “Would you like fries with that?”

MontanaMmmm on April 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

But I was pretty ticked off when I saw Shaq on teasing that kid. That was a stupid move.

upinak on April 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

The timing was perfect, it just shows that “racism” or any “ism” is just that jerks who are either ignorant, or have so much money they feel they don’t have to conform to society.

Shaq, Sterling, Holder, we all have our “issues”, quite frankly, some clowns freak me out a bit, and I get irritated by “big guys” who get in your face using their physical size to try to dominate you.

We all have people that we shake our heads at…guys with shaved heads and fully tattooed on the shaved head, just weirds me out…

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Rush Limbaugh should offer to buy the team, if the NFL won’t have him maybe the NBA will. Watching the heads explode would be amusing.

Fenris on April 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Now THAT would be one helluvan entertaining fireworks show!!!!

dentarthurdent on April 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM

So he does work hard enough on defense! And he tries during the playoffs! Take that, Joey!

cbenoistd on April 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Well played, sir. Well played!!!

IrishTexan on April 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I noticed that we’re not also outraged that he’s an adulterer or that his wife and family seem to have accepted it. -EA_MAN

Exactly – wife, family, friends, associates…. His opinions on race were not news – even to this “girlfriend” who used him then set him up to be publicly shamed. It’s all very ugly.

MAzingrace on April 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Rush Limbaugh should offer to buy the team, if the NFL won’t have him maybe the NBA will. Watching the heads explode would be amusing.

Fenris on April 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

That would be hilarious…

Rush takes over from a democrat racist…

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM

We all have people that we shake our heads at…guys with shaved heads and fully tattooed on the shaved head, just weirds me out…

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Ahhh… right, that is kind of like saying the PGR is the Hells Angels. Same concepts.

upinak on April 29, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Good for Lew Alcindor.

ToddPA on April 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

policy genius Al Sharpton: Should the Clippers disband?

Yeah, a few years back they could have with few tears shed and perhaps some applause for the riddance of their perennial badness. Now that they seem to be eclipsing that other LA NBA team you’d have some disagreement from fans on that topic.

hawkeye54 on April 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

“In this country, people are allowed to be morons.”

How quaint.

Donald Sterling is a reprehensible person. But remember, liberals will put every one of us in a pen or a grave if they get the chance.

K. Hobbit on April 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

KAJ is wrong! Wrong, I tell you. We all know that the legal and constitutional protections don’t exist for racists! If you are deemed offensive by the public it is open season, and I say good riddance. //

melle1228 on April 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I know there’s only about twenty of us on HA who actually watch/follow the NBA, and of that twenty, I think five of us played college ball. So heed me on this.

It’s not about the recent comments. It’s about how he’s losing his mind.

It’s about what AP and the former players keep saying – everybody knew he was this way, since the 80′s, yet no one did anything. But it matters now because he’s finally got a great team and he’s destroying it.

He’s 80-something and buying escorts, paying employees for sex, and giving millions away to some plastic latina.

Because he’s afraid of death, he decided to blow up his personal life and become a cialis-addicted old fool.

It’s now destroying the team, and that is not fair to everyone whose giving their all, past and present, to make that franchise survive while he ran it like a closeout store.

budfox on April 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Rush Limbaugh should offer to buy the team, if the NFL won’t have him maybe the NBA will. Watching the heads explode would be amusing.

Fenris on April 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

My gosh! If such a vulgar offer were even considered it would surpass this Sterling racism business by such a wide margin that the NBA should just as well be terminated as a whole.

/snark

hawkeye54 on April 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

The problem is you have a Kid that is bullied and records them, that too is against the law. I agree with what the kid did but their has to common sense.

Patricksp on April 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Follow the money. Who has the most to gain if he is “forced” to sell? How can Sharpton and his buds get in on it?

cpomustang on April 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

It’s now destroying the team, and that is not fair to everyone whose giving their all, past and present, to make that franchise survive while he ran it like a closeout store.

budfox on April 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I am not sure how BB franchises work, so maybe I am completely off base here. Seems to me if he owns it, doesn’t that include the option to destroy it as well?

melle1228 on April 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

budfox on April 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

So what you’re saying is that the cries of “racist!” from the lefties is all a pretext. Sounds like business as usual.

Fenris on April 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Rush Limbaugh should offer to buy the team, if the NFL won’t have him maybe the NBA will. Watching the heads explode would be amusing.

Fenris on April 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

That would be awesome…which means it won’t happen :(

changer1701 on April 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM

It’s okay to break the law to bring injustices to light unless you’re an ignorant rancher or something.

rogerb on April 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM

How can Sharpton and his buds get in on it?

They get a substantial cut on the Clipper’s home game concessions and souvenirs? That would be fair and just.

hawkeye54 on April 29, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Legally I doubt they can make him sell. The market will take care of that though as sponsors jump ship. That’s already started. Eventually someone will get him to sell if for no other reason than the value of his now depriciating asset.

cpomustang on April 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

One caveat in the otherwise laudable piece: the bit about Romney would leave many readers with the impression that he said things similar to Sterling. We all know the exact contents of the Romney quote and that they were in no way comparable, but some readers won’t.

bobs1196 on April 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Rush Limbaugh should offer to buy the team, if the NFL won’t have him maybe the NBA will. Watching the heads explode would be amusing.

Fenris on April 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

…ok!…that is a good one Fenris! I can imagine the humor!

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

“They caught big game on a slow news day, so they put his head on a pike, dubbed him Lord of the Flies, and danced around him whooping…” Got to give him props for this line.

cpomustang on April 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Good for Lew Alcindor.

ToddPA on April 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Exactly!!!!!!!

Jayrae on April 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

This reminds me of Kobe Bryant’s comment on Zimmerman, the gist that blacks shouldn’t support Trayvon Martin just because he’s black. Of course he was vilified for saying that by some.

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/27/kobe-bryant-on-the-trayvon-martin-case-i-wont-react-to-something-just-because-im-supposed-to-because-im-an-african-american/

I suspect Kobe gained a perspective when he was accused of rape, while KAJ has the education, experience, and standing to say what’s on his mind without fear of getting publicly smeared as a race traitor.

LashRambo on April 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Kobe quickly stepped back onto the plantation.

cptacek on April 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Kareem’s comments were spot-on, but I can’t help but thinking (while I try to get the nose-coffee out of the keyboard) that no white guy could ever get away with ‘pin the fried chicken on the Sambo’.

JEM on April 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM

His adopted Muslim name means ‘slave of Allah.’ Dude’s a retard.

WhatSlushfund on April 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The electorate has lost all critical thinking capability. We shouldn’t encounter this much difficulty in convincing the masses that several discrete variables are at play with Bundy and Sterling. They probably don’t even know what discrete means. God, help us.

brentspolemics on April 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I hope whoever made this illegal tape is sent to prison,” he concludes. Is the tape illegal, though? Well, California is a two-party consent state when it comes to wiretapping; if Sterling didn’t consent, his girlfriend could indeed do time for recording him.

I think a person has a right to keep a record of any conversation they are part of. A fundamental right, I mean — independent of any usurping law. I also think any “special friend” holding a recorder up to the ear-piece to gather what you are saying with your pants down is a piece of work. I also think that you are a piece of work if you are pulling your pants down for such a special friend.

Setting the two-party hijack aside — it makes you think. The guy has all the money and worldly success a person can have, and this is the best personal life he can come up with?

– Anyway, on with it — standard procedure for capital political and cultural misfits: murder him and take his stuff.

Narfle the garthok.

Axe on April 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I’d love to see the guys in the barbershop in Coming to America have a discussion on this topic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZywE0AT1qY

That’s a young Cuba Gooding Jr. in that chair.

BuckeyeSam on April 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Hope she gets jail time.
albill on April 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yes, yes she is the problem.

I appriciate people saying that sterling should not lose his team for expressing his views because we are a country with free speech and no to thought police and such. Word!

But I am fascinated by the same group people saying that sterling’s girlfriend should be the one punished, or as mentioned by albill go to jail. there seemed to be an agreement that private racist thoughts are fine, but recording private racist thoughts must be punished.

I am sure everyone right now on this thread will support rand Paul for president if he runs, because he too feels that the recording of citizens’ private conversations by the NSA without their consent is a horrible thing.

It’s good to see that support for privacy is not dead afterall. Really good to see.

coolrepublica on April 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Sterling is sewing the mistress for embezzlement…she is scorching his earth so to speak…

He’s still an a-hole but even a-holes deserve free speech and to have their privacy protected.

workingclass artist on April 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I don’t care what the NBA does in terms of internal fines, or even if they boot him from the league. But it’s ridiculous to suggest he could lose ownership of something he OWNS because he said something disgusting. Racism is disgusting and deplorable, but it isn’t illegal and is protected by the 1st amendment. And it certainly isn’t grounds for losing property or intellectual rights.

bossmanham on April 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Could you please explain this 1st amendment thing? Is it something we should all have and how much does cost?

datrashman on April 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

It took Major League Baseball years to convince Marge Schott to sell the Cincinnati Reds.

There’s nothing in the bylaws to make him sell it. All they can do is put financial pressure on advertisers, get all the sponsors out of there.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/04/28/mock_shock_donald_sterling_is_a_typical_hollywood_racist_and_everyone_knew_it

Jayrae on April 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Sterling is sewing suing the mistress for embezzlement…she is scorching his earth so to speak…

He’s still an a-hole but even a-holes deserve free speech and to have their privacy protected.

workingclass artist on April 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

auto correct….

Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on April 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Other than the race hustlers, who is having a good day these days?

Answer: Former NBA commissioner David Stern.

BuckeyeSam on April 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM

What if Sterling had said, ” I don’t want you hanging out with those darn Italians, because I don’t like Italians…?” …I think all this criticism of Sterling is bogus hyperbole….where in the Constitution does it say I have to like everybody I’ve ever heard about?

clandestine on April 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

auto correct….

Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on April 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

More like “auto-incorrect” :)

I think that even mentioning “sewing” with respect to “mistress” is assumed to be a clear example of misogyny, these days … That program had better watch out!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

But I am fascinated by the same group people saying that sterling’s girlfriend should be the one punished, or as mentioned by albill go to jail. there seemed to be an agreement that private racist thoughts are fine, but recording private racist thoughts must be punished.

I am sure everyone right now on this thread will support rand Paul for president if he runs, because he too feels that the recording of citizens’ private conversations by the NSA without their consent is a horrible thing.

It’s good to see that support for privacy is not dead afterall. Really good to see.

coolrepublica on April 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Racist thoughts are not illegal. Wiretapping is.. And furthermore, I don’t support candidates based on one issue. I am starting to disagree with Paul more than I agree with him, so just because I am anti-wiretapping doesn’t mean that I suddenly vote for someone on that basis alone.

Now, Now we all know that you feel that racists should get legal or Constitutional protections, so you don’t have to regurgitate all over these threads what you have been spewing for days on the Bundy ones. We get it..

melle1228 on April 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM

bobs1196 on April 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Great point. There really was no reason for him to mention Romney except to infuse politics into the topic. And maybe to ensure his “street cred” that he is a Dem by surreptitiously saying “see a Republican said the same thing on tape!”

Brat on April 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM

It’s good to see that support for privacy is not dead afterall. Really good to see.

coldpubichair on April 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

…you don’t see anything !Ihavebeenreadingherelongbeforeanyofyouhavebeenpostinghere… Sargent Shultz!

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

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