Daniel Ryan Carr
Unless you are living under a rock you probably heard about the Donald Sterling incident. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver laid the hammer on Sterling giving him a lifetime ban from the league, and $2.5 million fine.
I personally feel like the punishment was somewhat suitable for the crime and that was the only way to try to patch up the wound that was left on the league.
The reason why I say “somewhat” is because of the reason why the league gave out the punishment they did. If you are looking at the past of actions Sterling, because this is not the first time he’s been involved in a racist incident, then no way what so ever should he be allowed to keep his organization.
But everybody, to an extent, knew about Sterling being a racist. In 2009, Sterling and his girlfriend were reportedly talking about the filth, and dirtiness that Mexicans and African Americans live in. So the big question here is why didn’t they try to get rid of him a few years earlier?
Something I’ve also seen since the punishment was handed down by Silver is that people are rejoicing in it. You have to understand that this is not something to be proud of. No matter the consequence this puts a pretty big mark on the league. That hurts the Clippers organization with all the sponsors, which means that the NBA as a whole is losing money.
In no way, shape, or form am I saying that Donald Sterling should have had a lighter punishment. But I feel that he overstayed his welcome. How many more times do you need to violate something in order to be considered “evil?”
I can almost guarantee that Sterling isn’t the only one out there that feels that way about another race. There are black owners, white owners, or any other owners that feel that their race is far more supreme than other races. It’s still out there and you can’t turn a blind eye to it. As history unfolds itself, you’ll see that those major name people in society feel very opinionated about a certain race. That’s just the world we live in and sadly that ignorance is still out there after all these years.