Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Donald Sterling: fair sentence or shakedown

Donald Sterling: fair
sentence or a shakedown


Hypocrisy reigns
throughout the American landscape. Racism and sexism are the new tools to
destroy careers, businesses and one’s personal circumstance. Paula Deen’s heart
and soul were ripped from her when it was discovered she uttered a racial
remark years before it came to light. Her punishment; she was banned from the
human race, profound financial loss and collapse of her career. More recently
Brenden Eich, CEO of Mozilla, was forced to step down because he made a
$1,000  contribution in support of
California’s Proposition 8, which was against same sex marriage. Years later
this information surfaced forcing him out of the company he founded. Why? He
believes in traditional marriage only. Octogenarian Donald Sterling, owner of
the Los Angeles Clippers, is the newest victim of his own verbalizations. In
the privacy of a phone conversation with his mistress she prompted him to
discuss his bent on race relations. Unbeknownst to Sterling he was being
recorded with the intent of discrediting him at some later date. Once made
public his words provided a noose permitting the media crowd to perform a lynching
of him openly. Accusations of prior infidelities along with his previous
collisions with racism were hurtled in his direction. Banned for life from the
NBA and fined 2.5 million has not satisfied those who want to see Sterling
drawn and quartered. Those shouting the loudest have sordid histories of
incongruous race relations themselves.


Oprah has no business
throwing aspersions of racism towards Sterling. She has exploited race for
personal gain over the last 30 years. Interviewed by the BBC in November of
2013 she noted the older generation of racists (whites) must die to preclude
any more racism from occurring.  Oprah’s racial rants are well known yet she
was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama, for reasons still
uncertain. President Obama chimed in noting the NBA did the right thing
punishing this horrific person never considering many of Sterling’s rights were
suppressed in the process. President Obama has used the race card himself
whenever it would score points with the crowd which elected him. Al Sharpton, a
racial connoisseur, had the audacity to throw mud at Sterling. Long known for
his hatred of whites he had fed off the trough of racism for decades. A long
line of people with questionable histories on race relations spoke horrifically
of a man who held the Clippers together for 33 years. Sterling’s team players
accepted multiple million dollar checks from this so-called racist every year.
Apparently money negates racial considerations.


Many questions have arisen
since this scandal broke. Can Sterling claim he was entrapped by the recorded
nature of the phone call that exposed his hateful rhetoric? Is there a tertiary
party behind the scenes that prompted Donald’s mistress to rat him out? Was a
felony committed by Donald’s mistress by not revealing to him he was being
recorded? Does the NBA Constitution allow for due process? Why was there a rush
to Judgment? Should Sterling’s past factor into the sanctions levied against
him? Dozens of questions arise concerning the dubious nature of the charges
brought against him. How does the First Amendment factor into this complexity?
Donald Sterling has been very quiescent in the last few days. Perhaps he is
gathering his forces for a counterpunch against his accusers. One question that
lingers is: Will the Clippers and the NBA be free of racism in the event
Sterling moves on? From this writer’s perch the answer is a resounding no.


Mark Davis, MD Author,
Journalist, Media Consultant and President of Healthnets Review Services. Dr.
Davis’ Latest book is Obamacare: Dead on Arrival, A Prescription for Disaster.

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