Racism Dead? Think Again.

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Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; NBA legend Magic Johnson laughs during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game Legends Brunch at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Mayors, presidents, current players, hall-of-fame players, entertainment icons, coaches, execs, commissioners and fans are condemning what could be the final straw that broke this old camel’s back. The NBA is conducting a full investigation on the alleged conversation, and if they find it is indeed him, repercussions may follow. I’m not sure to what extent can the powers that be do anything about it. Will he have to cash out and sell his team? Will he be fined? Boycotting has been mentioned as a possible reaction. I’d say boycott the hell out of his team, but what would that really do? Clipper fans deserve to see their team compete, and the players deserve to do what they shed their blood, sweat and tears for. One person does not have to control that however something must come from this.

Donald Sterling – if the conversation is authentic – has a heavy debt to pay to the world, much bigger than what he can afford. We’ll see what follows, but the entire sport world need to take notice: If you are a bigot, that’s fine. You’re protected by the 1st amendment, so the government cannot do much of anything about it. However, it’d be wise to keep it to yourself, and out of your business affairs and public life because no amendment can protect you from losing what you worked so hard to get.

I would hope that this issue helps the NFL decide to enact the proposed rule banning the usage of racial slurs. That would not be enough to end racism in sports, but it’ll be a great first step in the right direction. This is a very serious issue, and it’ll show people that racial slander is upsetting, and there is no room for it – especially in sports. It must not be tolerated.

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