On Saturday evening and into Sunday morning Racism showed its ugly head, but on Tuesday Justice showed up and kicked Racism right in the face and knocked it out. What am I talking about you ask? This is a follow up posting to my last article to express how I feel about the Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano audio tapes released by TMZ Sports.
In a sense it is not “real justice” involving a court or a jury but the NBA and it’s Commissioner Adam Silver are the Jury and the Judge and I can’t tell you how happy I am with what he has done today. The Commissioner Adam Silver said on Sunday after this story broke that he will launch an investigation of the audio clip that alleged to have been Donald Sterling and his Mistress V. Stiviano having an argument and Donald Sterling having a “Race filled Rant”. A lot of former players also voiced there opinions about the rant and all said “their is no place in the NBA for behavior like this”. They also stated that the new Commissioner would do the right thing after he had thoroughly looked into this matter. Well, to everyone shock the Commissioner had a Press Conference announced by Monday to release the results of his investigation. The Press Conference was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at 2:00pm. Talk about “Swift Justice”.
As the Commissioner steps up to the pedestal you can tell that he is visibly upset and that his decision has been made with a lot of heart and emotion. His first words are “Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life, from any association with the team or the NBA, he can not attend any NBA games or be present at any Clippers facility or participate in any decisions having to do with the team. He will also be barred from attending any owners meetings or league activities. I am also fining Mr. Sterling $2.5m the maximum allowable fine under the NBA Constitution”.
Thats all I needed to hear about the decision to make me happy. Not often in a situation like this do you get a quick and positive response but when it comes to a race issue at such a high level it almost never ends like this. Mr. Sterling got a Lifetime Ban from NBA basketball. That to me is amazing. Also as a black man I think it is pretty historical. For a League or an Organization to drop the hammer like this is un-heard of. This to me says a lot about the NBA and how they feel about racism. It is not acceptable and it will not be tolerated and it seems like it won’t be tolerated at any level. This is the type of forward thinking our country as a whole needs to embrace. After today I really do think that a giant step towards ending racism has been made. Not a lot of people will agree with this, and I’m cool with that, but this is my opinion. For Adam Silver to only have been in this position of Commissioner for only a couple months and to make a tough decision like this is groundbreaking. So Mr. Silver I applaud you sir!
Alot of questions came out after this announcement this afternoon. Questions like ” was Adam Silver pressured by the players to do this”, “is this just a smoke screen to make it seem like the league is really going to do something” , “Is the league gonna punish players for this same thing”. You know crazy questions like that. I guess we will see soon enough, but I think Mr. Silver has already made an impact on his tenure as Commissioner already and it seems like a lot of the players are happy with this decision and are behind and supporting their new leader. Thats what these young guys need. They need someone they know is fighting for them. We all need that in our lives.
Now comes the question of whats going to happen to this mistress of Mr. Sterling. Is she now going to just disappear from the spotlight or is she going to try and continue to cash in on this story. What did she have to gain by recording there argument and what was her motives behind it? Did she get paid by TMZ for allowing them to release the audio clip? Why would a young woman with her looks be with a guy like Donald Sterling? We all know in our minds that its all about the money, but is it really? Does she really love this guy or was it her sole purpose to set Donald Sterling up? Will we be seeing her on the next L.A. House Wives or L.A. Mistresses? I think that all “Gold diggers” are out for their 15 minutes of fame and she is right about 5 minutes in right now. I’m disgusted with everything this woman has done from setting this guy up, to being with him in what ever type of relationship they are or were having. Like I said in my last posting lastnight, why would she whore herself out like that? Why would any woman lower herself just for money and the spotlight? It’s not sexy, it’s not cool and in the end its not going to be rewarding for you either. Yes, you are a pretty woman but from what you did and what you are looked upon as, you are Ugly and you should be ashamed of yourself. This is how you should spend the rest of your days. This is what you wanted so now enjoy your new fame and fortune.
I would like for all Professional Athletes, Entertainers, Politicians or anyone in a public position or the eye of the media to stop walking around with blinders on a realize that in this new “connected world” that anything you say or do can be recorded or video’ed and put out there for the world to see or hear. No one ever said you can’t have an opinion on somethings but if you have a negative opinion on someone or something then you need to keep it to yourself and quit verbally expressing because their is always someone watching or recording. Don’t be stupid, open your mind and your eyes.
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