I've been really surprised over the years by the lack of reaction that many fans seem to have to the exploits of Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling. The question of whether fans should care about who owns the team has come up again with the Bomani Jones article Friday, and I couldn't agree more that it's something that Clipper Fans and all Sports fans should be thinking about.
The Jones article picks up on the themes in Dan Wetzel's outstanding 2009 article for Yahoo Sports about this very issue. Even though the Jones article doesn't reveal anything new about Sterling's issues over the years, the bottom line is that Sterling is a disgusting and offensive figure and shouldn't be allowed to own an NBA team, period... and by allowing him to remain as owner the NBA is sending a message: That the NBA has no core values beyond profitability. What does it say about this game that everyone in this forum so loves, and what kind of message does it send to our kids and everyone else, to say that it's ok for a person to consistently demean other human beings, as long as they have enough money to be a financial player in the administration of the league? These issues remain, no matter how good of a basketball team the Clippers become this season, and it's a sad and pathetic reality surrounding the team. It's unfair to the players, it's unfair to the fans. And Sterling's actions DO NOT warrant forgiveness, as he unapologetically continues forward without any acknowledgement of wrongdoing.
It's grotesque, and it's bothered me since I first heard the stories of Sterling's real estate discrimination and his "visits" to the team showers, so much so that I stopped financially supporting the Clippers under his ownership. I will not pay money to this pig. Some things are more important than basketball. I am not judging anyone who disagrees or pays to go see the Clippers. BUT... It is the fans who pay without complaint that makes the team profitable, and keeps Sterling in the picture. If more people were aware of the issues that these articles remind us about, fans would have protested long ago and forced Sterling or the NBA's hand. Letter to the NBA league office, anyone?