No one is going to argue that Donald Sterling is a despicable human being. He has a long track record of discrimination against Blacks and Latinos as a convicted slum lord in Los Angeles. There are already attempts to discredit the messenger, his long time mistress V. Stiviano. No matter where the recording came, it doesn’t lessen the damage that was done by [Stirling’s] racist comments.
It’s a curious irony that Sterling is the owner of an NBA franchise that has risen like the Phoenix of Greek mythology. A long time laughing stock of the NBA is now a contender. These allegations couldn’t have come at a worse time. The NBA is overwhelming African-American. His team is mostly African-American; not to mention that is mistress is bi-racial (African-American and Mexican-American)
Why we Hate Him – As the NBA Championship winds down, much is being said about the games premier player. Lebron James is the man we all love to hate. Much like overweight women hate Barbie. He has athletic ability others would kill for. He makes it all look so easy. His swagger, his I’m going to do it my way has everyone in a lather. There in lies the problem. Lebron James is one of those black men who forgot “his place.” And a lot of people are not happy with that. This writer says, you go Lebron – keep it up!
Admittedly, Lebron Jame’s hastily planned, televised announcement of where he was going to go was tacky. It was a great example of, how NOT to announce your departure from a team that was desperate to keep you at all costs. Part of Lebron James public relations debacle lies in how his reality television type announcement was done. It ruffled feathers among NBA fans and teams alike.
A controversial article was published this week that makes the assertion that white fans don’t want to follow the NBA because of the overwhelming dominance by black players. The number of white American players is down precipitously over the last decade.
This week as the Boston Celtics make major trades as well as other NBA trades this argument only comes to the fore. The hip hop culture may relate to the NBA. Many young suburban whites are definitely in the fold. They are enthusiastic fans of the NBA.
Sports writer, Buzz Bissinger has tongues wagging with his assertion that most white fans are unenthusiastic about supporting or watching black athletes play in the NBA. There are some quarters that proclaim this is nonsense. Some say the economy is one reason, others admit, there are some whites who have a problem watching blacks do anything. NPR radio featured this story on one of their programs. There are some that state when Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan burst on the scene, the popularity of the NBA skyrocketed.