A $2.5 million fine, a lifetime ban from the NBA and potential confiscation of his personal property through the forced sale of the L.A. Clippers? Are you kidding? That’s it? Donald Sterling is a racist pig. “First stone” first shmone. This thing ain’t over by a long shot.
As CBS reports, “Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA isn’t enough, NAACP says.” Al Sharpton agrees, adding, “No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language.” Sharpton warns that he is “prepared … to rally in front of the NBA headquarters if this matter is not immediately dealt with.”
Sharpton says that a racist bigot like Sterling shouldn’t “be allowed to own a team.” Let’s take Sharpton’s demand to its reasonable and logical end. Should anyone with any unpopular or otherwise politically incorrect opinion whatsoever be allowed to own anything?
Just ask them. The “progressive” power class alone is qualified to make that call. And they have. The answer is an unequivocal “no.” Not in today’s Amerika at least. We’ve progressed way beyond that.
Furthermore, since under the Obama administration and AG Eric Holder we’ve officially abandoned such antiquated concepts as “the binding contract,” “due process” and “the law,” I say, why stop there? Political correctness is today’s Pièce de résistance and properly trumps all.
Civil rights attorney Brian Claypool agrees. USA Today reports that he’s “disappointed that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in response to a question, said the ban from participating in any NBA or Clippers activities does not apply to other members of the Sterling family.”
“‘What’s to prevent his wife from buying the team?’ Claypool said. ‘I’m truly troubled by that. … He (Silver) should have placed a prohibition on any member of the Sterling family being a part of any new ownership.’”
But, again, why stop there? I mean, shouldn’t Donald Sterling really be flayed alive?
Bear with me. It only makes sense. Xfinity’s “On Demand” can air the flaying with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton playing host. All proceeds can be donated to the NAACP, Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign in equally divided shares.
How else can we really make an example of a racist billionaire fat cat for exercising his First Amendment right to say stupid and repugnant things in a private conversation with his trollopy mistress?
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).