Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Few choices in the Sterling controversy

From where I sit it looks like the NBA is facing a major headache...

via tmz.com

What options does the league really have to deal with Donald Sterling? Can they force him to sell his team? Not really, and even if they do that's going to cause more problems for the players and fans than for Sterling himself. Given the level of entertainment generated by the Clippers it wouldn't be fair to see the team sold to anyone who was going to do less with the franchise. For the first time in their history the Clippers are dominating LA and it would be terrible to have the team dismantled because the owner is allegedly a racist jerk. Then there's the word 'allegedly'. All of this is from an audio recording. It's really not all that hard to rearrange audio to make it sound completely different from the original intent. But Sterling has remained bizarrely silent. Even when caught red handed, most offenders will offer up immediate denials, followed by a tearful apology and assurances of upcoming counselling. There's been none of that from Sterling. The NAACP has revoked Sterling's lifetime achievement award, and even that seems strange. How could someone so brutally racist be in line for a lifetime award from a organization focused on equality? Add to all of this the NBA is finally giving it's response on Tuesday, a full 4 days after all this started. Of course all this is happening to the most sad-sack team in the NBA. Just when the Clippers seemed to have all their ducks in a row, they turn around and shoot them.

At least that's how I see it and I sit in the cheap seats.

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