Well, it looks like Donald Sterling will not be getting that NAACP lifetime achievement award he was set to receive at the civil rights organization's 100th anniversary celebration in Los Angeles in May.
Allegedly, Sterling's 30-something girlfriend, a model who goes by the name of V. Stiviano, whom Sterling's wife of 50 years is suing, taped these remarks of the 80-year-old owner of the L.A. Clippers:
"You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it ... and not to bring them to my games.
" ... Don't put him [Magic Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to have to see ... and don't bring him to my games."
This rant of the octogenarian owner swept the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II right off of page one of the New York Times, whose headline blared:
"Amid Uproar, Clippers Silently Display Solidarity."
The Times story told of how Clippers' players turned their warm-up sweatshirts inside out and donned black socks and black wristbands in protest of Sterling's remarks.
Not exactly John Lewis at Selma Bridge. And, still, the Clippers got waxed in the playoff game against the Golden State Warriors.
But the Times was not nearly done with this monstrous moral outrage, which even elicited the indignation of President Obama in Malaysia. The banner across the entire sports section of the Times read: "Vortex of Outrage Trails Clippers Owner."
A photo of the team standing solemnly in their red warm-up suits covered half the page, and two Times' columnists decried the horror.
Wrote Michael Powell of Sterling: He stands "exposed as a gargoyle, disgorging racial and sexual animosities so atavistic as to take the breath away."
Finally getting his breath back, Powell went on:
"The Clippers players and coaches are no doubt mortified to have awakened in the midst of a playoff run to find that they are working for the Bull Connor of Southern California."
But how could Sterling be the Bull Connor of California when he has a girlfriend who describes herself as black and Mexican, hired a black coach for his Clippers, Doc Rivers, and pays his players, mostly black, millions of dollars a year?
If memory serves, Bull Connor was into using fire hoses, billy clubs and German Shepherds on civil rights demonstrators in his hometown of Birmingham. Sterling regularly sits courtside to cheer on the predominantly black team he has proudly owned for 33 years.
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