If the rules of fundamental decency, privacy and fairness can be suspended for Sterling, they can be suspended for all of us.
Let's not get crazy. Let's not take the NBA's rather surprising and (cautiously) encouraging smackdown of racist billionaire team owner Donald Sterlin...
You could argue that the woman on the recording didn't really set up the man on the recording; instead, she let events play out in a way that seemed quite characteristic for the Clippers owner.
We can't eliminate every hurtful person in the world, but we can define our collective values as a sport and a nation when we, not the haters, have the last word.
Why selling the Clippers to the fans is the best way to respond to Donald Sterling's racist rant.
While the racist comments of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling shocked the sports world, they came as no surprise to those who have followed his record, explains sports columnist Dave Zirin.
For a man whose history is lined with repeated issues with race and discrimination, it's remarkable that it took us so long to get here. In fact, it get begs the question: Why now?
How the players on the Los Angeles Clippers decided to protest what their boss Donald Sterling was allegedly recorded saying was not up to anyone else to decide, and harshly judging them for that decision is arrogant and out-of-line.
Aside from the obvious fact that Olivia would not be welcome at a Clippers game (the character is played by African American actress Kerry Washington), there are a few tips any crisis expert would have advised.
For the better part of the last decade, the Washington Wizards have been a walking NBA representation of Murphy's Law. But the team has finally made a jump to become an Eastern Conference contender.
If our society complacently allows power brokers like Donald Sterling to go unpunished for their prejudice, it will be maddeningly difficult for America to progress towards a more just and equitable future.
It's easier to fight an individual than it is to fight an institutionalized system, but this is what is needed. Its always good to see a racist buffoon go down and feel righteous about it, but it serves little purpose, nor does it change much.
Donald Sterling's alleged words about African Americans are poignant to a culture of denial. These comments seem to show a thought process that epitomizes the great American contradiction.
This week's audio recordings of Sterling's racist rants came as no surprise to Clippers fans, but rather served as the "smoking gun" after years of allegations.
The market will take care of this. The arena will be empty and the TV money will dry up and that, my friends, is how Mr. Sterling will be taken care of. And that -- I submit to you -- is stronger than any message the NBA can or will be able to send.