At what point, if you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Clippers, do you throw up your hands and holler, “I give up!” Those who follow the town’s other NBA franchise are a hardy bunch, still led presumably by celeb season ticket holder Billy Crystal. But even he may be hard-pressed to keep cheering them on after the latest developments.
In what is just the beginning of a media whirlwind, other outlets are starting to pick up on a 2009 deposition obtained by the LA Times that alleges several instances of racist comments by team owner Donald Sterling. According to plaintiff Elgin Baylor, Sterling once reacted to the prospect of Jim Brewer as head coach with the affirmation that he’d “like to have a white Southern coach coaching poor black players.”
Then there’s this recollection from Baylor about contract negotiations at Sterling’s house with 1988 no. 1 NBA draft pick Danny Manning:
Donald T. said, ‘Well that’s a lot of money for a poor black … ‘ – I think he said kid. For a poor black kid I think. For a poor black something, kid or boy or something. Danny just stormed out of the place… He never came back to the house.
Surprising? Given Sterling’s previous landlord transgressions, no. Sad? Extremely.