There are No Winners in This Donald Sterling Thing

Photo credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Silver did what he could. Donald Sterling will be fined the maximum $2.5 million (an evening out for him), banned for life from the NBA (he’s 80 and will probably die soon), and will be forced to sell his team for an estimated 5000%-10000% profit on the roughly $13 million he paid for it in 1981.

There are no winners here.

The NBA did what they could, and a big part of that is standing up against a racist asshole and removing him from the game. Their efforts should be applauded. Silver, a lawyer, was an absolute badass at his press conference today. But like Bomani Jones told Dan Le Batard, this is just a necessary reaction to comments that encapsulated Sterling’s well-known and well-documented worldview.

Silver danced around questions about the myriad accusations of racism hurled at Sterling over the years– instances where Sterling’s actions spoke much louder than the words he was recorded saying. Lacking legal grounds, but mostly the necessary public outrage, the league was able to ignore those previous missteps. But now… now that Sterling’s words are on tape… they had their chance to drop the hammer, and that’s just what they did.

But Sterling doesn’t lose. Is his legacy tarnished? You bet. But something tells me that a guy who has the sort of pride that allows him to tell his girlfriend that she can sleep with other men so long as she doesn’t take pictures with them isn’t the type of guy who is overly concerned with his legacy. Sterling is a special type of sociopath. He’s concerned about wealth and winning in a way that you or I will likely never know. And you’re crazy if you think that there’s a billionaire alive – even a really old one – who cares more about something as intangible as his legacy when there’s money at stake. Lots of money. When Sterling sells the Clippers for $1,000,000,000 (that’s nine zeros), he won’t be thinking about what we think of him. He’ll be patting himself on the back for being the most hated sports figure in the world who just completed one of the greatest business investments of all-time.

We can all feel better that Sterling is getting publicly shamed and ostracized by the league. But there are no winners here. And it’s a screwed up world when the the loser retreats to one of his mansions with comically large bags truckloads of cash.

44 Comments

  1. Skimmed, but does this mean Sterling is looking for a new fluffer? I love LA!

  2. TLDR, but Sterling is in the market for a new fluffer girl, right? I love LA!!

  3. Well said.

  4. The NBA feels pressure to make an example of this douche. The best way to do it, give him a team full of white guys.

  5. Carmen Sandiego

    April 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    UT OH – opening the door for a race debate is bad news. Thought we have been through this before with Riley who blacksout harder than I do.

    Adam Silver definitely watches child pornography.

    #freesandusky

  6. ThePhillyFlash

    April 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I beg to differ, there IS one winner: Sterling who’ll laugh all the way to the bank after he’s forced to sell the Clippers. But I will agree that Sterling probably doesn’t give a damn about his legacy, only his bank account.

  7. Hey Kyle now may be a good time to address your motivation for posting on your blog every time someone calls a local black athlete the n-bomb on twitter. Like how you call attention to it and open the comments section for a wave of racist comments that you don’t delete. Because they are somehow less offensive that what people say about a certain famous Nova-grad local TV reporter. Just a thought.

    • On second thought, I should be spending my free time trying to come up with a way for Temple to win a fucking basketball game, and not trying to set policy on the CB blog.

      My bad…

  8. Kent Shitwhistle

    April 29, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Why did you let Marcus Hayes write this on your site?

  9. Evil Ed Snider

    April 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I’d love to suck on kacie McDonnell’s big fake Tities

  10. It doesn’t matter….. 50 years from now we’re still going to have issues like this. Thoughts like what Sterling has will continue to be echoed. Racism will still be around.

  11. I’d say the players and coaches are winners because they no longer have to go through the cognitive dissonance of doing what they’re paid to do and trained their whole lives to do, while simultaneously representing and financially supporting a racist asshole. Yeah, Sterling doesn’t lose either way, but at least the players and coaches can finally wipe their hands of this guy and just play ball.

    • Hey douchebag,

      The players weren’t “wiping their hands” after receiving fat paychecks from Sterling!

      Grow a pair, and stop parroting what the PC media tell you to say.

  12. Evil Ed Snider

    April 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I’d love to suck on kacie McDonnell’s big fake Tities !!!

  13. Kyle's deleted pat on the back

    April 29, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    What happened to Kyle’s earlier post about how TMZ broke the story that Donald Sterling was suspended indefinitely but would not lose his team? And how blogs and their ilk were the best thing since sliced bread? You mean he took it down when it came out they were totally wrong?

    • Jon Marks' Goatee

      April 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      I was wondering the same thing…..

      Adam silver sounded like he was going to pass out at the beginning of the presser…

    • StraightSherman

      April 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Please somebody find a screenshot of that story or the google cache link. Looks like he deleted all tweets mentioning that too. Not even a response to the comment Kyle? Come on dude you mercilessly rip any other media outlet that does this sort of thing, just own it…. and let us laugh at it….please.

      • Kyle Scott

        April 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm

        Oh calm down. That’s why I never write posts ahead of time, because you hit the publish button too early. It was up for 2 minutes, mistakingly, and I took it down.

        I was anticipating TMZ’s report to be right. It was half right. No use in leaving it up there.

        • Don’t understand your response. The scripturals of a dying medium don’t have a delete button, so they’re gonna pump out shit (yea I agree half of it is shit) that may be incorrect or edited poorly, yet you sit here, write out a terrible “I told you so, tmz and nj is dah shitz and I is like tmz lyte” and just hit delete? Fuck you

          • Mistakingly isn’t a word dumbass. It’s mistakenly. You’re a Nova grad who get paid to “write” and you don’t know that.

        • StraightSherman

          April 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm

          Well I wouldn’t go as far as Mr. Russo. The fact that you just deleted it and wanted to sweep it under the rug is very relevant. One of the main issues I have with “new media” is this incessant need to put information out right away without confirming jack shit. What was the point of posting that MINUTES before the actual announcement? And then you try to use it to beat your chest about “new media”? The irony of that is just too funny. If you want people to give “new media” more credibility maybe stop doing things like this… just a thought.

          • Kyle Scott

            April 29, 2014 at 6:14 pm

            I think you missed the part where I said it was a mistake. I meant to save and hit publish. I took it down precisely because it was half wrong and would be ironic to rip mainstream media when I got something wrong. That said, TMZ has killed it on reporting on this. And the biggest sports stories of the past year has been broken by online outlets. What else do you want me to say?

          • To be fair, I think Kyle is pretty responsible about making sure the information he posts is accurate before he posts it. He messed up on this one today, but I really can’t think of many others.

          • Kyle's backpedal

            April 29, 2014 at 8:17 pm

            So Kyle writes a post about how TMZ scooped the Donald Sterling suspension and how “new media” is the best and traditional journalists suck but as soon as it turns out TMZ was wrong he deletes the post and claims he mistakenly published the post??? I smell bullshit. Lots of it. A responsible publisher of news content would own up to the mistake and issue a correction not just delete it from the site.

        • I’m curious as to why the comments were closed/disabled on the Philadelphia Union from last week…

  14. Hey Kyle now may be a good time to address your motivation for posting on your blog every time someone calls a local black athlete the n-bomb on twitter. Like how you call attention to it and open the comments to a flood of racist comments that you don’t delete. Because they’re somehow less offensive than way people say about a certain famous Nova-grad local TV reporter. Just a thought.

  15. Bet Dallas fans are wishing Jerry Jones was a racist. Lol

  16. Red on Roundball

    April 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Not true at all. When Sterling and his family are out of the league everyone wins.

  17. Ruben Amaro Jr. Is Racist

    April 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    What do we have to lose?

  18. Silver looks very sickly, like he’s dying of cancer or something

  19. Mikey Miss had me laughing with his Clippers white boy team.

    Here’s mine…

    Pg-Goran Dragic
    Sg-Gordon Hayward
    Sf-Chandler Parsons
    Pf-Kevin Love
    C-Marc Gasol

    My Bench…
    Pg-Steve Blake
    Sg-Kyle Korver
    Sf-Mike Miller
    Pf-Chris “BIRDMAN” Anderson
    C-Nic Vucevic

    Your thoughts.

  20. Mike M, the most honest man in America

    April 29, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    He’s so special, She’s so special.

  21. I’d say the NBA, the team’s players and coaches, and anyone else who finds Sterling’s bigotry offensive are winners today.

  22. “He’s concerned about wealth and winning in a way that you or I will likely never know.”

    When exactly did Donald Sterling care about winning, Kyle?

  23. Fucking pussified commissioner, owners, and talking heads-in-general.

    This owner has been doing this for decades, while players cashed his checks and league officials looked the other way.

    Now than Magic Johnson wants to buy the team, all of a sudden Sterling is such a monster that he must be banned for life and sell his team.

    FUCKING hypocritical NBA pussies! Let’s hope that at their next circle-jerk, many of them slip on the “wet” floor, hit their heads, and die.

  24. No way, ESPN is the winner here. They get a ‘big story’ to breathlessly cover for a week.

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