The NBA has criticized L.A. Clipper owner Donald Sterling for his statements that many regard as racist. However, shortly after the recording of his conversation became public the NBA took an action that was a racist insult to the black players of the L.A. Clippers. The NBA offered to make a "grief counselor" available to the Clippers.
Grief counselors are often provided to children to help them cope
with the death of a classmate. The NBA commissioner's office
essentially was indicating that it believed the Clippers were such
immature children that a minor questionable statement was the
emotional equivalent of a death. I can understand the black
players being upset by Sterling's statement, but not grieving
about the statement.
Discussion of Sterling's comment to V. Stiviano about attending
games with black athletes has focused on what was said and ignored
the situation itself. His decision to order her not to attend
games with black athletes is consistent with the behavior of a man
who is having trouble getting a daughter or granddaughter to follow
He doesn't explain his reasoning very well, a common occurrence when
a man tries to offer dating advice to someone young enough to be his
granddaughter. He appears have been attempting to warn her of
the sexist stereotype image of NBA players, especially
black players, that comics have encouraged with jokes about NBA
players leaving children all over the country. I don't
know the attitudes of L.A. residents, but, putting it bluntly,
Sterling is suggesting that people will think she's just some kind
of a sex toy if she attends a game with black athletes, especially
admitted lothario Magic Johnson. He seems to have been
attempting to warn her of the attitudes of others rather than
talking about his own attitudes.
Johnson along with the late Wilt Chamberlain are largely responsible
for creating the [probably exaggerated] image that NBA
players are frogs rather than princes. A frog
jumps from bed to bed. A prince is devoted to his
princess. Chamberlain claimed to have sex with over 20,000
claimed he once had
300- 500 sex partners per year.
A passage from a book by Jerry West says: “That November, as a new
season was set to open, Magic Johnson announced to the world that
he was HIV positive, a stunning event that brought revelations
about the climate of sexual frivolity around the Lakers. Johnson
admitted he had been sleeping with 300-500 people a year. The
team’s locker room, and its sauna, had been a place where the star
and other players had entertained women, even right after games.
Johnson would retire to the sauna after a game, have sex, then put
on a robe and return to the locker room for his post-game media
interviews. How far had the team gone in condoning such
questionable behavior? ‘I cared,’ West said in his interviews for
this book. ‘I did things for those guys. It was ridiculous, some
of the things I did for those guys. If the public knew they’d be
outraged. It was a pretty crazy period for us.’"
Kobe Bryant was arrested
for rape in 2003 when he misinterpreted a visit by a female hotel
employee and thought she was there for sex like the other women he
After my first post on this subject I received an email about Rev.
Russ Weaver's sermon titled "Easily
Offended" that he delivered that week on Cowboy
Church. Weaver's most important is that people can
choose to be a "Victim" who lets himself be offended or a
"Victor" who doesn't allow someone to control him with mere
words. I'll remind readers that I'm a Vietnam Vet so I
know what it's like to be called names.