Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling was banned from NBA basketball and fined $2.5 million for making disparaging remarks about black people in a private conversion with his girlfriend.
In announcing this penalty, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said:
The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful; that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.
As a private organization, the NBA can decide whatever it wants to do regarding its business. But it is a sad reflection on our current culture that the following actions are not offensive and harmful or cause damage or outrage Mr. Silver.
- Having a mistress when you are a married man. Donald Sterling is married to Rochelle Stein. Sterling has been in the news more than once for stories about his mistresses. Not offensive.
- Racist, misogynistic hip hop music. Instead of spouting his own racist statements, perhaps Sterling should have quoted hip hop lyrics from Tupac Shakur, Too $hort, or Geto Boys. Not offensive.
- Uncontrolled promiscuity. The late LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss had hundreds of teen or near teen girlfriends. In his autobiography, LA Laker Wilt Chamberlin claimed 20,000 sex partners. LA Laker Magic Johnson also claimed thousands of sex partners, a cause of his acquiring HIV. Not harmful.
- Fathering multiple illegitimate children. Charlotte Hornets player Larry Johnson has 5 children with 4 different women. Seattle Super Sonics player Shawn Kemp has 7 children with 6 different women, and it could be as high as 11 children. Chicago Bull player Jason Caffey has 10 children with 8 different women. Houston Rockets player Calvin Murphy has 14 children with 9 different women. No damage.
- Being arrested for sexually assaulting a 19-year old. This happened to LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant in 2003. The victim refuse to testify and a related civil action was settled out of court. No outrage.
For a humorous post on the NFL considering banning racist words on the field, read here.
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