Sterling’s Contempt for Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson, seen here with Mrs. Jackie Robinson in 2013, is once again the point of contempt of Donald Sterling. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman
Magic Johnson, seen here with Mrs. Jackie Robinson in 2013, is once again the point of contempt of Donald Sterling. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

I was going to start this column about the 2014 NFL Draft that recently concluded. But instead I am writing another piece about Donald Sterling. Sterling doesn’t know how to be quiet. Nor does he want to be. That’s a bad thing-for everybody.

Just when you thought you could get in a good mood and watch the rest of the playoffs without the garbage that came out of Sterling’s mouth about blacks and minorities, Sterling keeps his ignorance ball rolling.

It appears to me that Sterling can’t help himself. He can’t get out of his own way. Sterling  just keep putting his foot in his mouth. People who talk too much always say a little bit more than they should that would land them  in some kind of hot water.

Fools and idiots always have a of revealing themselves and what they’re really all about. That’s just a life lesson I’ve observed. Messy people are always going to be messy. Good people are always going to be good.

Sometimes its best to lay low, be quiet and be still. Sterling, it seems, doesn’t believe in that philosophy. And now that his latest rant has been become public fodder, Sterling looks as if he just dug a deeper hole for himself to crawl out of.

Well, when you’re worth $2 billion, you can afford to climb out o any hole you may be in without too much trouble. Sterling, however, may not be able to climb of being banned for life from the NBA. His latest remarks about Magic Johnson during an interview with CNN’s anchor Anderson Cooper did not exactly endear him to the rest of the world, except maybe George Zimmerman.

Sterling’s latest famous quote about Magic Johnson is sure to draw even more backlash. Here is an excerpt of Sterling’s interview with Cooper: “What has he done?…Big Magic Johnson…What has he done? He’s got AIDS. Did he help anybody in South L.A.? Well, what kind of guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV? Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people?  He doesn’t do anything…He does nothing. It’s all talk.”


That’s saying a lot. Mr. Sterling, please tell us how you really feel. Is this a Clippers-Lakers thing going on or does Sterling even give a hoot about being politically correct about racial dynamics that he helped perpetuate? No, it’s a black thing. Or maybe it’s a man thing. Sterling may have been a little jealous of seeing his alleged boo with a younger and more vibrant Johnson in a reported photo.

But then the words of more than jealousy comes out of his mouth that cuts life a knife. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Remember that? Well, words cut. They hurt. Words can either uplift or demean. Sterling has gone the route of demeaning and putting down African Americans.

Sterling has already lamented his take about African Americans and their place in and around the arena (Staples Center) and in greater society-that we should still keep our heads in the sand and not be seen.  The more Sterling and his wife, Shelly, speaks the more fuel they add to an already growing fire.

Unfortunately, Sterling and this issue are not going away any time soon. That means more things are going to be said, more of Sterling’s words will be dissected and the greater the chance that there may not be a 2014-15 NBA season. That means we all lose.

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