Racism in sports: NBA team owner's racist comments

by lm13 on October 1, 2014 - 8:29pm

The article "LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's Racist Rant Caught On Tape: Report (UPDATES)" by Braden Goyette explains the situation in the NBA, where the LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, told his girlfriend that he did not want her to hang out with black people at basketball games, nor does he want he to post pictures with them on social media. On the tape, Sterling goes on by telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who has been seen with Magic Johnson at basketball games, that he would rather she spend time with black people in private rather than in public, for the world to see. However, Donald Sterling defends that what is heard on the recording does not reflect or represent himself, his views, his beliefs or his feelings. Nevertheless, this is not the first time Donald Sterling has been heard saying racist comments. As a matter of fact, Sterling was sued in 2005 and 2009 for discriminating against tenants at properties he owned. These tenants were either black or Hispanic people. Moreover, the former Clippers' manager, sued Donald Sterling for racial and age discrimination in 2011, although the lawsuit was not accepted in court.

 

I have to admit I was shocked when I read Donald Sterling's racist comments. I thought that such beliefs about black people, or Hispanic people, or any other "race" were beliefs of the past. However, this proves the opposite. Sterling's comments show that there are still people, in my opinion, who are narrow-minded and simply cruel. I believe it is cruel to discriminate people based on their skin color, and even worse is the fact that Sterling tries to forbid people in his entourage to reject these people. This situation makes me think about Jane Elliott's experiment with adults, where they intentionally discriminated against blue-eyed people. This experiment showed us that black people go through a lot of cruel things and those who aren't concerned, don't quite realize how much cruelty they are faced with. In the article about Donald Sterling, the writer mentioned many negative comments that Sterling has been heard saying, generalizing about Blacks and Hispanics. These beliefs, in my opinion, are poorly educated comments, because they are simply not true. Not all Blacks smell bad, and not all Hispanics smoke and drink all the time. What I find ironic and that is also mentioned in the article, is that Donald Sterling discriminates against black people, however most of the players on the NBA team he owned at that time, the LA Clippers, are African-American. I find it truly unfortunate that today, in the 21st century, some people still think such horrible things about various groups of people.

 

Goyette, Braden. (2014, April 24). "LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's Racist Rant Caught On Tape: Report (UPDATES)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 28, 2014 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/26/donald-sterling-racist_n_521857...

Comments

First, I agree that Donald Sterling should not generalize other ethnic groups considering the fact that most of his NBA players are African-American. If he didn't like them, why would he take them in his team ? I think that it all start from different types of stereotypes such as all black people are steelers, which isn't true. Also, I don't understand why it was not accepted in court, because in my opinion, he should pay for everything he said because I'm not sure that Donald Sterling knows how hurtful his words could be.

You wrote a great article with a lot of good points. I follow the NBA religiously, and when I heard the news about Sterling, I was as disappointed as you. Rasicm doesn't have his place in society or any sports. It is alarming that the owner of a team led by one of the best point guard in basketball, Chris Paul, who happens to be black, make discriminating comments about African-American people. It should not be tolerated, and that's why the NBA took action and forced Sterling to sell the team.

I find this article quite interesting. It is in fact quite surprising that even after so many revelations on race throughout history, people are still so naive that they have to think each race and ethnic background is different. We are indeed all just humans, we are all the same inside, we only have physical differences. The most unfortunate part about this situation is that even though Donald Sterling lost his basketball team, his personality will not change. He will always be discriminatory towards Black people, no matter the situation. All he did was lose a bit of money and he probably does not think it is such a big deal. Also, I think a big reason why he thinks he can say whatever he wants is because he is rich. Sadly, in our day, being rich gives you a lot of power. And it makes a person feel like they can do anything and say anything they want without any consequences. Just like how in Jane Elliot's experiment where the brown eyed people who had more power felt like they could do whatever they wanted.
Anyway, it is a good thing, a man like Donald Sterling is not part of the NBA anymore. Otherwise, who knows what other inappropriate situation might occur.

I wasn’t aware of this issue before reading your post and found it very interesting because it is about sports. For me, this is not only about racism. David Sterling told his girlfriend that he would prefer that she spent time with black people in private rather than in public, and it is because his girlfriend is seeing Magic Johnson in basketball games. But what if his girlfriend was watching a basketball game with a Black girl? Will Donald Sterling still be mad at his girlfriend? In our class, we learned about men’s behaviour. Some men are very sensitive when it comes to their loved ones, especially with their girlfriends. Some men do not want other boys to talk to their girlfriends or flirt with them. In Donald Sterling’s case, he does not want anyone to be on top of him. He has this kind of white male superiority complex. It is also possible that he just wants to protect his girlfriend. While I was trying to look for some links that will help me understand this post, I saw this news about Donald Sterling telling Magic Johnson that he should be ashamed of being HIV-positive and suggesting that he has not financially supported minority communities. (The link is at the bottom of my comment).

http://www.si.com/nba/point-forward/2014/05/12/donald-sterling-magic-joh...

When I have read your post about Donald Sterling saying racist comments about African American plus what he said to his girlfriend on who and what she can do in public because it reflects on him and does not want her around those kind of people I had to google him and find out for myself because it made no sense to me when there is many best NBA players are African American plus that Donald Sterling two best players are Blake Griffen and Deandre Jordan are black. It proved your post to be a shocking eye opener which is attention-grabbing and I agree with you Im13 that it’s cruel to have narrow mined opinions.
Donald Sterling’s moral problem lays in his character meaning, he does not have good virtue ethics. As for virtue ethics is about the agents character how much qualities does one have to make them virtuous as in a good person. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtue_ethics
In order to fix Donald Sterling’s moral dilemma which is in his character over view of people. He should have made a formal apology would be the first step. He should take example from his peers in the NBA. For example Steven Kerr his white and coaches for the Golden State and his two main player are African American as well with other black and white player. Steven Kerr team is quite successful because he has respect for his players, keeps them motivated by saying positive things, good communication and encourages them to do better without neglect. These are all qualities that Steve Kerr obtains which make him virtuous and the outcome of this is a great career and a good team. If Donald Sterling who have been the same in these qualities toward people who would have not ask to leave and pay a 2.5million dollar fee for his disrespect. As for now the best to solve and help grain good qualities would be with the young players by volunteering at a gym to help basketball players get better or at a high school where he can meet many diverse people and learn from them and gain respect for all kind a people and in time become a virtuous person.

When I have read your post about Donald Sterling saying racist comments about African American plus what he said to his girlfriend on who and what she can do in public because it reflects on him and does not want her around those kind of people I had to google him and find out for myself because it made no sense to me when there is many best NBA players are African American plus that Donald Sterling two best players are Blake Griffen and Deandre Jordan are black. It proved your post to be a shocking eye opener which is attention-grabbing and I agree with you Im13 that it’s cruel to have narrow mined opinions.
Donald Sterling’s moral problem lays in his character meaning, he does not have good virtue ethics. As for virtue ethics is about the agents character how much qualities does one have to make them virtuous as in a good person. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtue_ethics
In order to fix Donald Sterling’s moral dilemma which is in his character over view of people. He should have made a formal apology would be the first step. He should take example from his peers in the NBA. For example Steven Kerr his white and coaches for the Golden State and his two main player are African American as well with other black and white player. Steven Kerr team is quite successful because he has respect for his players, keeps them motivated by saying positive things, good communication and encourages them to do better without neglect. These are all qualities that Steve Kerr obtains which make him virtuous and the outcome of this is a great career and a good team. If Donald Sterling who have been the same in these qualities toward people who would have not ask to leave and pay a 2.5million dollar fee for his disrespect. As for now the best to solve and help grain good qualities would be with the young players by volunteering at a gym to help basketball players get better or at a high school where he can meet many diverse people and learn from them and gain respect for all kind a people and in time become a virtuous person.

When I have read your post about Donald Sterling saying racist comments about African American plus what he said to his girlfriend on who and what she can do in public because it reflects on him and does not want her around those kind of people I had to google him and find out for myself because it made no sense to me when there is many best NBA players are African American plus that Donald Sterling two best players are Blake Griffen and Deandre Jordan are black. It proved your post to be a shocking eye opener which is attention-grabbing and I agree with you Im13 that it’s cruel to have narrow mined opinions.
Donald Sterling’s moral problem lays in his character meaning, he does not have good virtue ethics. As for virtue ethics is about the agents character how much qualities does one have to make them virtuous as in a good person. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtue_ethics
In order to fix Donald Sterling’s moral dilemma which is in his character over view of people. He should have made a formal apology would be the first step. He should take example from his peers in the NBA. For example Steven Kerr his white and coaches for the Golden State and his two main player are African American as well with other black and white player. Steven Kerr team is quite successful because he has respect for his players, keeps them motivated by saying positive things, good communication and encourages them to do better without neglect. These are all qualities that Steve Kerr obtains which make him virtuous and the outcome of this is a great career and a good team. If Donald Sterling who have been the same in these qualities toward people who would have not ask to leave and pay a 2.5million dollar fee for his disrespect. As for now the best to solve and help grain good qualities would be with the young players by volunteering at a gym to help basketball players get better or at a high school where he can meet many diverse people and learn from them and gain respect for all kind a people and in time become a virtuous person.

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