On the NBA and Donald Sterling

(reposted from my Facebook personal timeline)

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LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million by Commissioner Adam Silver for his racist comments about African-Americans.

Donald Sterling is about to engage in the centuries-old practice of “owners” seeking the greatest possible compensation for setting their “property” free. Want to know why Haiti has been a fiscal basket case since the time of independence? The payments they made to France as compensation for their freedom put the country behind the financial 8-ball (which is black, of course) and they never fully recovered. John Graves Simcoe, widely praised for the law he passed that led to the establishment of the Underground Railroad, chose not to press for full emancipation of slaves currently in Upper Canada because the slaveholders in the legislature would never go for it. Instead, those Blacks remained in servitude (and their children until they reached adulthood) while Blacks fleeing America were free the moment they set foot in present-day Ontario under Simcoe’s law.

Simply put, Black flesh is valuable and ownership over it will not be relinquished without a fight and substantial compensation. Sterling said yesterday that the Los Angeles Clippers are not for sale. Even after a unanimous vote of the NBA Board of Governors to force a sale of the team (a virtual certainty), Sterling will pull out every legal trick in his toolkit, tossing wrenches into the works for however long it takes. Ultimately he will lose the legal battle but it will be a long, arduous process to get him to accept the inevitable. But when you’ve lived a long life of entitlement, wealth and delusions of racial superiority, admitting when your time is done and making a graceful departure is all but impossible.

Donald Sterling, if permitted to stay as Clippers owner, would cause irreparable harm to the NBA and therefore he has to go. The players know it, the fans know it, the other organizations know it, the commissioner knows it. The only one who will NEVER get it is Sterling. His property is his to do whatever the hell he wants to do with it. And never forget — the eventual forced sale will earn this racist man an incredible premium over his original investment. Even when “owners” lose, they still win.


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