Sterling Case: It Was Bound To Happen

Racism Donald Sterling returned to him in the face and cost him his place in the most amazing NBA.Mais rest his head did not fall sooner.

The Donald Sterling will probably remain as the first great success of Adam Silver .

Real estate mogul and Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team owner Donald Sterling attends the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SPORT BASKETBALL) - RTR31HGC

Ricochet, it will remain as one of the failures of his predecessor, David Stern. Because what the (future ex?) Clippers owner , who wanted to ban that which was presented as his mistress to appear in public with people of color, including Magic Johnson, did not surprise many people. “The first thing that came to mind was to say:” OK, this is clearly disturbing and sickening, “said the American journalist Steven A. Smith, the show First Take But I must. admit that I also had a smile. Because I was not surprised. Believe it or not, Donald Sterling always came to me when I attended a Clippers game to tell me how much he liked my work. But I remember one time when it was at the Staples Center a few years ago, Baron Davis, who played for the Clippers, took me aside and asked me if I knew the history of this man. But I strictly had no idea. ”

He quickly understood by studying the CV of Donald Sterling, born Donald Tokowitz.


This rich American businessman 81 year old man (he celebrated the … April 26, the day the records were published by U.S. site TMZ), who trained as a lawyer but who made ​​his fortune in real estate do is in fact not his first attempt on racism. And quite frankly, the case that cost him his place in the National Basketball Association is not the most shocking in the pan cookware he drags behind him.

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Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, who worked for Donald Sterling Clippers as general manager, had sued his former boss, whom he accused of having a “plantation mentality Boss” in 2009 for racial discrimination . He had been dismissed. But he had appeared at the trial that was called D. Sterling eg able to enter the locker room of the team with a friend for him to admire his players “beautiful black bodies.” “I’d have a white Southern coach to coach poor black players” would one day Sterling launched at Baylor, according to the latter.

The Noise And Smell

Three years earlier, Donald Sterling was accused by the Justice Department of the United States to refuse to rent housing to African Americans and Hispanics, or make life of those already in the apartments to push from.

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to Stiviano.  NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive."  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

According to Sumner Davenport , D. Sterling employee at the time, it would have allowed himself to comment on the smell and dirt assumed blacks, or the laziness and taste for alcohol or Mexican drug. Several sources indicate that Donald Sterling, who has other “titles” to his record on racism, concluded that dark matter by a financial arrangement that cost him $ 2.75 million in 2005. Indeed his wife Rochelle Sterling, would not be so open-minded that she recently claimed to distance themselves from the scandal nascent if one believes the Los Angeles Times … In short, everyone knew. Including players. But nobody did nothing.

A Check To Ten Digits For Donald Sterling

The worst part of this sad story is that Donald Sterling could be “rewarded” for his deviations … a check to ten digits. If he sells the Clippers, he also purchased in 1981 for a dozen million dollars, it could indeed earn up to a billion dollars. True, Forbes evaluates the value of the franchise in California than 575 million greenbacks. But American publication estimated the Bucks at $ 405 million. However, the franchise Mikwaukee, who finished last in the regular season (15v-67d), no longer had a round in the playoffs since 2001 and is set in a town with limited economic potential, was recently sold for $ 550M …!

Admittedly, the market value of the Clippers has probably taken a hit in recent days along with his image. Of course, the departure of some sponsors is not good for business . But there are few markets as attractive as that of Los Angeles. The Staples Center is one of the most beautiful caskets League. Besides the roster of the Clippers (Chris Paul, Blake Griffin … and the presence on the bench as a reference Doc Rivers provide guarantees in sport. In summary, the “Clips” play in a category other than the Bucks. And the selling price will be based … Especially the demand exceeds supply in the closed juicy and of course market NBA franchises.

Magic At The Time, Mayweather Also?

Remains to be seen who will acquire. Magic Johnson? Despite denial shy about its intentions , as reliable as Yahoo Sports say that the former Lakers star remains interested sources.

Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson waves as he is introduced during a ceremony to unveil a bronze statue of former teammate and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Star Plaza, outside Staples Center in Los Angeles November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) - RTR3AICL

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is also in the running . Close to buy the Kings there is a year to bring the franchise to Seattle, Chris Hansen could remember the good memories of Adam Silver shortly. One thing is certain: the NBA is a very profitable business and have a franchise in Hollywood is an amazing platform in terms of image. This is why Donald Sterling will probably cling like hell to its jewel. It is also for this reason that prices will blaze but buyers will not miss the time comes. For the sake of Finance Mr. Sterling, whose fortune is estimated at nearly $ 2 billion.

A Vaudeville Gone Wrong?

Behind this whole thing, there would be perhaps a sad farce. V. Stiviano (20 years), the young woman that we hear on the recording published by TMZ, which would have had a relationship with Donald Sterling, is being sued by the wife said Sterling, Rochelle Sterling, because her husband made her gifts for $ 1.8 million. “This person is accused of embezzling more than $ 1.8 million and told Mr. Sterling avenge it,” stated Andy Roeser, president of the California franchise in a statement. Obviously, she would have succeeded … Note that representatives of V. Stiviano argued that the latter gave the records to the press.