In one corner, the NBA, still reeling from the abhorrent, ugly comments from one of its owners -- a controversy of the highest order. In another corner, the National Football League, and the draft of its first openly gay player.
Is a year-long suspension a precedent that everyone should expect when an NCAA athlete is caught using marijuana? If that is the case, expect to see more college basketball players leave for the NBA draft as soon as possible.
If the Clippers win the championship, as the franchise is handed the Larry O'Brien trophy, it signifies that consumerism has triumphed over morality. It makes it clear that we all just want to celebrate, even if the host we are celebrating with despises us.
The name of Washington, D.C.'s football team is a racial slur, a racist epithet. The U.S. trademark office agrees; so does the dictionary. But more importantly, Native American people feel it. How important is that to the rest of us? That is the moral question for all of us: Are we going to show respect for our nation's original citizens?
Well, who would'a thunk? No one anticipated that he'd enlist his wife Shelly to essentially take the role of Lurleen Wallace in order to keep the team in the family.
I feel fortunate to be able to relate to Kevin Durant's affection for his mom, and I'm sad that there are many people in the world for whom that type of relationship is a foreign concept.
The Bible tells us to "run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1)," and this is harder than it sounds. Just ask the Washington Wizards of the NBA.
A friend on Facebook last weekend posted a provocative meme by Ricky Gervais that said, "Blasphemy: a law to protect an all-powerful, supernatural de...
In any emotionally-charged situation, the courage to do what's right is within all of us--we just need to be mindful enough to make the right decisions.
Silver's tone was perfect. His remarks were appropriate and substantive. The league's timing was ideal: not too rushed, yet not protracted. While Silver was spot-on, much of the subsequent commentary and analysis misses key points.
This week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver brought the hammer down on Donald Sterling over the LA Clippers owner's leaked racist rant, banning him from the NBA for life and pledging to force Sterling to sell the team. It wasn't just the harshness of Sterling's racism that shocked, but also the casualness. The resulting media firestorm reignited questions about the way the league had long turned a blind eye on Sterling's even-more-outrageous history of housing discrimination based on race -- and why the LA chapter of the NAACP was nevertheless on the verge of honoring Sterling with a lifetime achievement award. Meanwhile, on Thursday the Obama administration released a list of 55 higher education institutions under investigation for not adequately handling allegations of sexual assault. The scrutiny and transparency are good first steps but real progress would mean greatly reducing the assaults themselves. As Dr. King said, "The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause."
Professional sports owners are largely untouchable. But what happened this week with Clippers owner Donald Sterling proves that once an owner threatens the financial welfare of the league and the other owners, he's gotta go.
An African-American owner, or ownership group, of a team in the nation's second major media and sports market in the nation will be tantamount to an economic emancipation for black sports ownership.
Thinking about Donald Sterling, his life story, his success, his amassing of wealth, it cannot be a great surprise that he ended up where he did.
In the very least, today those who share Sterling's disdain for persons of color must do so very privately. You can no longer state your deeply held beliefs in the inferiority of other human beings. That does not mean, regretfully, that we have abolished racism.
The larger question now is how we as a society effectively respond to and punish philandering, racist, bully billionaires in a country where wealth and gender dictates politics and repercussions of onerous behavior.