Donald Sterling Fighting Losing Battle in Asking Courts To Block Sale Of Los Angeles Clippers

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Donald Sterling is the nightmare that just won’t go away.

A little over a week after Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, won a lawsuit in the Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles that allowed her to move ahead with the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Sterling surprised no one on Friday when he asked the same court to issue a stay on the original ruling:

I don’t understand how Sterling is supposed to come out as the good guy in all of this. I mean after all, it was his words that caused his collapse in the first place. Sterling is trying desperately to look like the victim of a witch hunt, and to be frank, nobody is buying his shtick anymore. In fact, I don’t know if anybody even bought it in the first place.

While Sterling continues to throw a temper tantrum over losing his team, the Clippers are suffering under the weight of his actions. Head coach and general manager Doc Rivers went public two weeks ago, saying that the drama surrounding Sterling and the sale of the team has hurt them in luring free agents that can help the team. And Chris Paul is rumored to be seriously considering sitting out the season as long as Sterling is still the owner.

Sterling needs to look out for the good of the franchise and allow his wife to sell the team. The team would be in better hands with Ballmer, in that he will be flushed with cash to improve it. The Clippers need to move on from this modern sports tragedy, so it can get back to the business of winning games.

It’s time for Mr. Sterling to exit stage right before he does permanent damage to the team he claims to love so near and dear.

Kareem Gantt covers the NBA and breaking news for Rant Sports. For more from this author, ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google

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  • Cornell Kimball

    [ continued, 3rd of 3 parts ]
    Maya Angelou means well with her comments too, but really, I think the reactions to Donald Sterling’s comments and to Robert Copeland’s comments, which turned into national witch-hunts with millions of angry people vs. one, are a sad sign of society actually becoming less nice and moving backwards socially. Some people see Jane O’Toole as a hero. Others of us see her as a McCarthyite-for-anti-racism. Is that where this country is headed?

    Also I have a question: As to this theory that at some point in the not-too-distant future racism will be eradicated — what exactly is this based on? How does one have enough data to predict that racism will be eradicated within a certain time? And what data does one have? Or anecdotal evidence even?

    Anyway, I’m not a nice person. I’m white and I don’t like black people. I prefer to not be around blacks. I ask the non-blacks I know to not bring any blacks to my residence or any event I put on, etc. I don’t like black people.

    There are people who wish Donald Sterling and Bob Copeland would die. Some people have suggested some pretty horrible ways. And many people are waiting, just waiting, for racists like me to die.

    I don’t like black people. But I don’t wish for any black person to die. I’m not waiting for certain black people to die.

    This “wishing for people to die” thought is one of the reasons I cannot support the Civil Rights movement as it’s being conducted these days. It’s sad enough that Dr. King’s message of peace and his practice of peace has now become “No Justice, No Peace.” I’m white so I’m not allowed to have an opinion here (and, c’mon, I’m a racist), but I think “No Justice, No Peace” is a huge insult to Dr. King’s legacy, an incredibly stinging slap to all the work he did with his philosophy of peace.

    With Regards,
    Cornell Kimball
    Los Angeles

  • Cornell Kimball

    [ continued, 2nd of 3 parts ]
    But it’s also my observation that in our efforts to drive out racism, etc., we Americans have become a much more mean-spirited society. Much more mean spirited.

    And this is the first part of an email I earlier sent to three officials in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire re: Bob Copeland:
    What kind of mob mentality world is the U.S. turning into? We’re not progressing forward into an age of greater acceptance of one another. We’re going backwards to vigilanteism.
    I am appalled that we live in a time when private citizens essentially stalk one another, as Jane O’Toole did in her further researching of a fellow citizen whose conversation she’d overheard. Jesus, this is getting quite worrisome to me. I don’t want to live in such a vengeful, mob mentality world.

    How many of you are social scientists? Psychologists? How many of you have a detailed understanding of human nature? How many of you have a detailed knowledge of the history of particular place or places over time? In general, in human affairs, things do not continuously improve. Things improve for a while, and then matters either plateau out or things get worse.

    I hope that where the U.S. is headed in the next few decades won’t be a repeat of the Nadir of American Race Relations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But we humans sometimes do repeat history. Now some of us humans will say, “Wow, what a great quote, so true” when we hear the George Santayana quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And then we promptly fail to remember that.

    Mayor Garcetti, in your heart of hearts you probably think what you’re doing is the most compassionate thing to do, the best route to take. To the three officials from Wolfeboro, I’m sure you also truly believe in your heart of hearts that the outrage and subsequent result is the best solution.

    But really, there’s been an AWFUL lot of venom being spewed across the U.S. in the past few weeks. If the goal here is for people to be more respectful of one another, that’s not what’s ocurring. Overall this has resulted in many hateful comments. I don’t see many people treating one another with dignity here.
    [ continued in next post ]

  • Cornell Kimball

    This is an email I sent to the Mayor of Los Angeles and a few L.A. City Council Members (I live in L.A.), to the Town Manager and Board of Wolfeboro in New Hampshire, and to several other politicians and a few reporters, bloggers, Web hosts, neighborhood group volunteers, and a historian/race relations specialist:

    My email also refers to comments made by:
    Wolfeboro (ex-)Police Commissioner Bob Copeland, sometime in March — used the N-word to refer to Barack Obama
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, on April 26 — said Donald Sterling’s comment was despicable, etc.
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, on April 28 — editorial in “Time”, “Welcome to the Finger-Wagging Olympics”
    Michael Jordan, on May 6 — said he was racist against whites when he was a teenager
    Wolfeboro Town Manager David Owen, on May 19 — said Bob Copeland’s Obama N-word comment was reprehensible, etc.
    Maya Angelou, on May 20 — said drumming out Mr. Sterling is racial progress
    Mark Cuban, on May 21 — admitted he’ll cross the street to avoid blacks, others

    Date: Thur May 22, 2014 9:15 PM

    Honorable Mayor Garcetti, Councilmember LaBonge, Councilmember Parks, Selectperson Murray, and everyone else,

    I just want to sort of publicly say Thank You to Michael Jordan (again) and to Mark Cuban for being HONEST. Yes, many many people are upset about the main example Mark Cuban used. But still, THANK YOU Mark Cuban for speaking the truth.

    I also want to “publicly” say thank you again to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who looked at MORE THAN JUST ONE SIDE of the Donald Sterling controversy.

    Repeating the first part of an email I earlier sent to members of the Los Angeles City Council and others re: Donald Sterling:
    We humans have been trying to completely get rid of some human traits and human activities for millennia. Many people have tried to wipe out prostitution, as an example, or gambling, as another example. Has anyone succeeded?
    Realistically, I don’t think we will ever be able to eradicate every last racist from the world. I just don’t think it’s possible.
    In the past few decades, we Americans have made many strides toward people treating one another better. We have worked to get rid of racism, we have worked to make things more accessible to all, and worked to extend rights and freedoms to all regardless of race, gender, orientation, etc.
    [ continued in next post -- this is the 1st of 3 parts]