Glenn reacts to the lifetime ban of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling

On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference to hand down a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Silver also called on the NBA Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team. Sterling, who has owned the Clippers for nearly 30 years, had been under investigation by the NBA for alleged comments in which he repeatedly asks his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who is both black and Mexican, why she associates with “minorities” and instructs her “not to bring [black people] to my games.”

“This has been a painful moment for all members of the NBA family,” Silver said during the press conference.

Watch highlights of the press conference below:

While Glenn has certainly never fancied himself a sports fan, he has had trouble reconciling the various calls for Sterling being forced out of the league. Now that the official opinion has been handed down, on radio this morning, Glenn explained that while Sterling is undoubtedly a “dirt bag,” the free market should have decided Sterling and the franchise’s ultimate fate.

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“I watched ESPN quite a bit yesterday, and I didn’t hear one single person say, ‘Can we stop a second and look at: Is this the right thing to do,’” Pat said. “It feels good [to ban him], and that’s why everybody went with: ‘The guy is an A-hole.’ We all realize that. But do you take his team away because you want to show what an A-hole he is in his private life?”

Glenn took particular issue with the swiftness in which Sterling was punished. Again, while Sterling’s comments were offensive, they were made in what he believed to be a private conversation. Meanwhile, professional athletes often make headlines for engaging in violent acts towards women and other crimes, but such actions are swept under the rug. Glenn found the double standard troubling.

“Here’s the two problems I have. Aren’t there like rapists, killers, wife beaters, serial cheaters, guys who have fathered, you know, 40 children out of wedlock and then just bashed the woman’s head into the side of the elevator,” Glenn asked. “I mean the NBA is not exactly squeaky clean, and if you’re going to hold up moral turpitude, then you should hold it up for everybody.”

“I would like to see the case. I don’t know, maybe there is a case to be made. But make the case to me that beating the hell out of a woman is not worse saying horrible things in private,” Stu agreed. “So if you can’t make that case, then promise me in the future that every time one of these guys gets in trouble, one of your players, A, the players are all going to rally around and say they need to be eliminated from the league. And B, I want press conferences. I want everything under your power to pressure them to never be able to enter an NBA arena ever again.”

As Pat said, that will never happen because these professional sports leagues “don’t treat the two instances the same way.”

While athletes, celebrities, and others took to social media in droves to commend the NBA’s decision, a few notable individuals expressed some concern over the punishment. Stu read a portion of an op-ed NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar penned for Time that by no means condones Sterling’s actions but does question the merits of the outrage.

And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing “pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.” She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee.

They caught big game on a slow news day, so they put his head on a pike, dubbed him Lord of the Flies, and danced around him whooping.

I don’t blame them. I’m doing some whooping right now. Racists deserve to be paraded around the modern town square of the television screen so that the rest of us who believe in the American ideals of equality can be reminded that racism is still a disease that we haven’t yet licked.

What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise. Now there’s all this dramatic and very public rending of clothing about whether they should keep their expensive Clippers season tickets. Really? All this other stuff I listed above has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun?

Read Abdul-Jabbar’s entire article HERE.

“That’s brilliant. He’s right,” Glenn concluded. “It is your right to be a racist. It is your right to be a bigot. It is your right to be smart, to be enlightened… In your private life you can say whatever it is you want.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    If you don’t hold up moral turpitude for one person you shouldn’t hold it up for anyone. Malarky.

    Donald Sterling has a long history of racism and being a slumlord, it has cost him millions of dollars in legal judgements. He should have been culled from the ranks of NBA owners years ago. This latest incident is small potatoes.

    It’s not just basketball it’s all of professional sports and even collegiate sports. It wasn’t the players who make the decisions like rehiring Michael Vick it was the billionaire owners in the NFL.

    When players in college are allowed to commit rape which has results in suicides and get away with it you have a problem. That starts at the top with people like Donald Sterling.

    Sterling’s wealth was made off of publicly funded high school and college sports programs and publicly funded sports facilities. Billionaire sports franchise owners are the real welfare queens.

    Get rid of them. Get rid of the Donald Sterlings Joe Paternos and the rest.

  • Ron Bockman

    he just recently made a 3 million dollar donation to UCLA for cancer research, the man is a lifelong philanthropist

  • ISawTheLight

    America smell that keep turning away .

  • JW Appling

    It’s funny how they do nothing while he commits actual RACIAL DISCRIMINATION (not renting to people because they are black is a crime) but gives outrage with both barrels when he says something racist, funny? When his CRIMINAL racism was actually harming people they did nothing. They couldn’t care less about his racism this is about getting in front of bad press and all these people who are jumping on the band wagon now should be asking the NBA where were they when his CRIMINAL racism was actually harming people. I’m so sick of this dog and pony show everyone involved with this is in the wrong and I’m sick of all the praise they are giving the NBA for giving in to the mob. The NBA’s management looking the other way for years while he was committing RACIAL CRIMES should be the real issue. The NBA lost the moral high ground a long time ago and its too late to pretend they care about Black people now.

  • Guest

    Am I the only one who can see the obvious truth here??????????????

  • Deckard426

    Since all the players are Black, why is the NBA commissioner White?

  • ISawTheLight

    No !
    I’m right there with you maybe when stupid becomes a crime people will get a clue .
    Have a good one .

  • JB2012

    All I have to say is John 8:6-11

  • Anonymous

    Democrats are targeting people for political reasons, find the emails

  • landofaahs

    Frankly I find this funny. I am no fan of professional sports. These people will eat their own eventually because we should all demand the players to also be held to absolute standards as Sterling. These athletes are double digit IQ people for the most part. I can’t wait to see popular star players fired and banned for life from these sports. Otherwise it is just racism to hold one person to a high standard and nobody else.

  • landofaahs

    Behind ever dark cloud there is a silver lining it’s pocket.

  • Moozmom

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I just heard Glenn a 5:15 PM today on TV stating that nothing good has ever happened to a country that has unhooked from the gold standard. I remember standing in the living room of my first apartment when the president came on the radio (yes, we listened to radio then) and explained we were going off the gold standard. Wasn’t sure of all the implications, but knew it wouldn’t be good for us and it is not; it’s been a slow slide down.

  • landofaahs

    I want equal treatment when the players use any comments in public or in private that are racist. I want them fired immediately and banned from the NBA for life. Let’s include that in baseball and the NFL too.

  • Jeff Bonczyk

    thing is the free market DID determine Stirling’s fate. think about it. if Silver didnt do anything in this case, do you honestly see companies like state farm and wells fargo coming back to sponsor the NBA? they were leaving the Clippers in droves.

    also, what about the players. there was talk of boycott if the lifeban wasnt implemented.

    finally, where did the government come in to this? besides the president making a statement on it, there was nothing. and sorry, love or hate obama he is a minority and has a right to say something about this issue. yes, he SHOULD remain neutral, but i cant really blame him for reacting. he IS human after all. we all want to sit on our high horse and say we wouldnt have reacted.. but until you are actually in that situation, you dont know for sure.

    i do agree though that there is major hypocrisy. the very fact Stirling got a lifetime acheivement award by the NAACP is evidence of that.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    What’s funny is that Sterling is ok with his mistress sleeping with MAGIC JOHNSON but don’t bring Black people to basketball games?

    It isn’t the NBA it’s all of professional and collegiate sports that draws no boundaries.

    College stars get away with rape, in one case at Norte Dame the young woman ended up committing suicide but no one does anything, not because they are protecting the players, they are protecting the multimillion dollar programs.

    Sterling stood a the top of the pile. He should take the fall.

    And it is just the NBA? What about the rest of the community?

    Sterling gave money to various groups including the NAACP and Jewish groups so he got a pass. They knew his history but took the money. Shame on them.

    If this were a one off incident he might have gotten away with it. Not after his long history.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Because almost all of the NBA owners are white.

  • Richard Watts

    I wish more Americans realized how slippery the slope to American slavery is when you start punishing people for their spoken comments. I found Sterling’s comments vile but I defend his right to say stupid things. This is the same right that Reverend Wright has or the idiot in the White House has.

    Unfortunately, Americans are being conditioned to accepting punishment on whom ever the prevailing pundits deem has used “hate speech”.

  • Anonymous

    Donald Sterling deserves to be banned from the NBA, however, the judgment came down a little too fast. I think that Adam Silver made a quick and severe decision that he felt was the right thing to do with the commercial enterprise that he heads. I think that if he had thought about it a little bit longer he might have suspended Sterling a couple of years instead of the lifelong ban. Since the guy has been a racist for a very long time, I think it finally caught up to him and he got what he deserved. I’m only bothered by one thing besides his nasty comments…everybody and their grandmother in this country are all shouting about this in a contest to see who can be the most outraged. Nobody is going to care about this thing in a month’s time. Enough with the faux outrage.

  • shashiznick

    The NBA is full of millionaire black people. They don’t care about black people? Really? This is all bullcrap. The press and everyone in politics is falling all over themselves to see who is the most anti-racist. This is absolutely disgusting. Glenn included. This is much ado about nothing. The guy was goaded, illegally recorded into making racist comments to his colored girl friend, he never used the “N” word he just displayed his disdain for Blacks. Back in the 70′s we used to all laugh at Carol Oconnor for the same thing. Now suddenly it’s a felony to even think racist. There is no one on this planet who doesnt have a prference for race. And all of you freakin liars on here feigning outrage are full of crap and lack man parts. This is not America anymore and you are not Americans. You are all phony Europeans. Pack yer sh*t and go to france you phony bast@&ds.
    Next we’ll be impaling people on a pike because they don’t have any black people in their families. You all may think what this guy said was “reprehensible”. That is the word for the week. No one thinks his adultery is the worse of his sins. Gads. You are all mad. And we have descended into the abyss.

  • Anonymous

    So do I have this right ? They want to ban him from all things NBA, and force him to sell the team. Then on his way out you want him to cut a check for 2.5 million dollars ? And exactly why should he pay a fine to a club you want to kick him out off ?!

  • Deckard426

    If somebody paid me $20 million a year to drop a ball through a circle, they could say anything they wanted about me, and it wouldn’t bother me a bit.

  • Mike Nelson

    Should he have been culled before, or after, Jay-Z?

    Moral turpitude, indeed.

  • Boo2

    Amen! But do you really think anyone commenting here will take the time to look it up & actually read it??!
    Here’s another one….Romans 1:21-32.
    That, people, is where we are now. But I’m sure a lot of “foolish hearts are darkened.”

  • Boo2

    Also for these so-called ‘musicians’ (rappers) of all colors!

  • Mike Nelson

    Why would people here not take time to read it – if they don’t already know the verse?

    Judge ye not.

  • Anonymous

    I’d be bothered, but I’d get over it.

  • Boo2

    Did you look it up?
    Do/did you already know the verse??

  • Anonymous

    Regarding Silvers, is this a case of a jew making a living off a bunch of gentiles? Don’t rock the boat? Is that it? The reality is the woman behind this is jealous of Sterling, has an ego problem and thinks she will one day be president of the country. Another overpaid (whatever) living in la-la-land. Grandiose Is an understatement.
    As far as past transgressions against people of color in rentals, maybe he was just trying to avoid renting to people who prefer to pay “rent” by exercising their “rights” rather than paying in dollars. While most black people do pay their rent, Judgments won in court against these “po’ folk” (whites and latinos alike)amount to a forced loss in any business. If someone exercising their “rights” destroys a dwelling unit, the landlord gets a worthless judgment for thousands of dollars, and the tenant smiles all the way to the bank. However if they take twenty dollars out of the till at the bank, they go to jail for years. If the steal a t-shirt, they go to jail. Screw up a house, they are rewarded with free rent. Our government is completely out to lunch, an entire body of government that needs replaced, and badly.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and Co. use a sweeping generalization of athletes being criminals. That may be true for football but despite the negative stereotypes incurred by the Malice at the Palace in ’04, the NBA is a relatively trouble free league. One percent of the league has committed any major crimes in the last decade, which is essentially 4 or so players. To say this is a hypocritical double standard is wrong.

    Sterling is a buffoon. He has a right to say what he said but none of the punishment is violating the First Amendment. The government is not censoring or forcing the sale of this team; the NBA, which has the option to force sale in it’s Constitution, does have the right to remove an owner under the right circumstances. Words don’t come without consequences. It’s the same thing as saying derogatory things to co-workers or sexually harassing them.
    And players don’t make racist comments to the tune of Donald Sterling. Maybe with friends as a joke but there are no current players who would suggest that a race should not attend games.

  • Mike Nelson

    When I said “Judge ye not,” it seemed to me that anyone who knows not to cast the first stone would recognize the reference… but apparently you missed the boat on that one (and yes, that, too, could be a biblical reference…).

    Perhaps you would do better to read the book for more of the Message, judge others less by your words, and stop trying to trap me with them. Perhaps, too, if more were concerned with their own affairs, they would cast less stones into others’ worlds.

    You do Christians no service in your confrontational posture.

    Matthew 7:16

  • Boo2

    Matthew 7:20
    I don’t know where you got ‘confrontational’ from any of my comments.
    And I don’t read a ‘Message’ I read God’s Word-The Bible.
    And you certainly seemed ‘concerned with my affairs’.
    To repeat my first comment…’Amen! But do you really think anyone commenting here will take the time to look it up & actually read it??!’
    I suppose that could be considered ‘judging’ by someone looking for a ‘fight’ but it was said in a discerning spirit, meaning most people do not take the time to stop & look verses up. And by the way this country is going away from God, most don’t have the desire to do so. Which is why I won’t copy/paste the verse. If someone is truly interested in what the verse(s) is saying, they will take the time to look it up.
    So if that is ‘confrontational’, I did not mean it to sound that way.
    Is that the meaning behind your ‘tone’?
    Your answers certainly ‘sound confrontational & judging’.
    And if you read that into mine, I’m sorry.

  • Jaamoose

    Isn’t it sweet – two Christonuts arguing about who knows their mythology better….

  • Six Edits

    A lamp I’ve found useful for eluding the dark and despotic march of most of mankind: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • notpilgrims2

    “Meanwhile, professional athletes often make headlines for engaging in violent acts towards women and other crimes”

    But shouldn’t professional athletes be reprimanded for their violent acts? For example, Pacman Jones, an NFL cornerback, was suspended for one or two seasons after he continuously got into bar fights, one of which involved a gun fight. (He came back after he stopped getting into fights.) Shawne Merriman, an NFL linebacker, was suspended for one-fourth of the season for using steroids.

    If players are reprimanded, should not executives be reprimanded?

  • notpilgrims2

    Reverend Wright should have been reprimanded for his comments. If I were the director of his church, I would have fired him. But his church is a radical extremist church for radical extremists (thus Barack Obama attended it), so hate is exactly what they want.