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Knicks executive and former player Larry Johnson had a decidedly different but still strong reaction to the racially insensitive remarks Clippers owner Donald Sterling is alleged to have made.
On Saturday night, Johnson tweeted: “Black people your Focusing on the wrong thing. We should be focusing on having our own, Own team own League! To For Self!!’’
originally posted by: ketsuko
Clearly, the BLM should descend upon him with a militarily armed force, shoot his basketball team or attempt to round them up for slaughter ... oh, and they should confiscate his land. He deserves it. He is racist.
That is the mindset of some people on this forum currently.
Now, seriously, we have to remember that there is a larger issue of a different lawsuit involved, and this may be a completely acrimonious attempt to put public opinion so squarely against him so as to bring the lawsuit favorably in the court of the other party.
I'm not saying it is or isn't, but the politics of personal destruction are being used very successfully and all too often these days. They are very powerful, too powerful, and too many people are buying them.
The fact that you say he has had more of a reaction to this ( a brief statement) than to russia, which has dominated the political headlines for weeks, is absolutely political trolling. As I said, I am no fan of his, I didnt vote for him, but you are looking for any reason to drag his name in here.
originally posted by: matafuchs
a reply to: captaintyinknots
It was not political trolling, it was some sarcasm and truth. This is not something that he needs to weigh in on. It is something that the NBA needs to deal with. It is like when he made his comments about the 'Redskins'.
If the players want solidarity they can all not show for their game. Take a pay cut. Stand up to the 'racism'. But you know what, they won't and they will take their check from the 'white devil' just like the NAACP did. HOW important it is to them? Reverend King gave his life to try to change...how about these guys give up a payment on one of their rides to make a stand.
Used car dealership chain CarMax and airline Virgin America jumped ship as sponsors of the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday as advertisers pondered their partnerships with the team in the wake of racist remarks allegedly made by owner Donald Sterling.
State Farm, Kia Motors America and Red Bull have condemned the alleged remarks, and said they will suspend their sponsorship and advertising obligations, closely monitor the situation and assess their options.
Why not? They did "shut up": they did a silent protest, in a way that allowed them to "shut up and play". It was quite brilliant, really.
Then the players should not wear their shirts the way they did and shut up and play.
You know what you said. You know why you said it. All it was was an reach to find something negative to say about him.
It was not political trolling, it is the fact he should stay out of it like you said the players should.
Because it is irrelevant (and for the record, I did speak about it in one of my first posts in the thread). The NAACP has nothing to do with the NBA. Therefore, it has nothing to do with this.
Lastly, why nothing about the NAACP I posted?
originally posted by: captaintyinknots
I wont be surprised, though, if his players and coaches go to him and say they will not play for him next season. Whats he going to do then?
Cant. Players hold out all the time. the NBA Players Association protects their right to do so.
Probably sue them for breach of contract and not pay them while forcing them to sit out the length of their contract with him.
Most of the players didnt sign with him, most were drafted by the team or traded to the team. Not a lot of choice there.
.It's not like they didn't know he was a racist old douche bag when they signed contracts with him.
Exactly why the new commisioner cannot, and will not, let it slide.
Pretty much everyone in the league knew who he was and how he acted.
Again, cant happen. The only options are to void the contract (buyout), trade the player (which just passes the buck as the next guy wont want to be there) or pay him. NBA contracts are guaranteed.
It will be hard for Chris Paul to walk away from 88 Million and not play for the next 4 years...........
1)His mistress isnt black.
originally posted by: BABYBULL24
Don't really care either way but:
The guy has a black girlfriend & appears he was set-up by her.
He employed Oscar Robertson as his GM for 22 years.
Was due to receive an award from the NAACP.
Has paid numerous black players millions of dollars on a yearly basis for 30 years.
Paid $12 million for the team which is now worth $750 million & he will be kicked out of the league.
She is a "defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would 'get even,'" Clippers president Andy Roeser said in a Saturday statement on behalf of Sterling that served as the first official response to the recordings.
Players have held out many times in the past. They lose a small part on their salary on suspension, then are either a)traded, b)re-signed to a bigger contract or c)bought out of their contract. It happened this year with Andre Miller.
You will have to show me where in the CBA a player could wilfully decide not to play for a team he is under Contract to and still get paid.
Also show me where a player under contract with one time could just up and sign with any other NBA team.
The NBA can fine and suspend an owner, but they can't strip him of a team for being an Ass and racist in private.
It will be sold because of outside pressure. He is losing money every day that goes by. Sponsors are dropping out. His coach is hinting that he'll quit. No players will sign there in the offseason. Jersey sales will drop. Ticket sales will drop.
The team will be sold more because of the divorce than any pressure put on the owner.