Apr 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Morris Griffin, of Los Angeles, at a demonstration in front of Staples Center asking for the sale of the Clippers. The NBA banned Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life after it was confirmed that he made racist statements recorded by a female friend.The Clippers and Warrior play game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers: An Open Letter to Donald Sterling


TO DONALD STERLING, (hopefully soon to be former) OWNER OF THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

 

Dear Sir,

 

Now that your team’s season has ended due to their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Semi-finals, I think it is high time I offer a suggestion that as sure as I’m typing this, everyone will agree to.

I don’t want to make this a long soliloquy, so I’ll keep this as precise as I can:

We all know that you are not only planning to sue the National Basketball Association over commissioner Adam Silver banning you for life due to the racist comments you made, but also refusing to pay the $2.5 million fine that was imposed on you.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but by doing this you have essentially declared war on your team and the NBA, your lawyer –  incredibly enough - stating that you have done nothing wrong.

I believe you are sincere when you told Anderson Cooper in your recent CNN interview that you are not a racist; I believe that you don’t see yourself that way.

However, what you told Cooper has not changed anyone’s mind about you in any way, shape or form.

Actions speak louder than words, and your antics not only with the Clippers in the form of making comments that were inflammatory enough to cause your former general manager  Elgin Baylor to sue you, but also in the form of your bigoted words regarding African-Americans, Latinos, and families with children  and how you don’t want them renting your apartments, have convinced everyone that your racism is something on the level of former Birmingham, AL Police Commissioner “Bull” Connor.

Having said that, let’s get to the bottom line:

Your suing the NBA will not only maim the league, it will destroy your team.

The lengthy process that this legal action will inevitably take will be what hurts the league, as the longer this situation draws out the worse the publicity and image, which the NBA has taken years to cultivate, will be.

As for your Clippers, if you engage in this fight with the league, don’t be surprised if Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and the rest of the players find another team to play on, perhaps as soon as next .

As such you can forget about any meaningful free agents being interested in joining your team.

Which would be truly sad for Clipper Nation as after enduring more than two decades as fans of a franchise which a high school team could beat, they were so pathetic, they finally have a winner they can root for, before you had to open your mouth.

Let me sum this all up in four words:

SELL THE CLIPPERS. NOW.

Swallow your pride, pick up the roughly $700 million that you will surely get from the sale, and just walk away.

What you are doing is the most selfish thing I have ever seen anyone do in sports; if you care anything about the Clippers and want to see them continue to progress and go forward, you will have no problem taking my boldface advice.

 

Sincerely,

A longtime fan of Southern California sports who does not want to see the Clippers  go back to their bad old days.

 

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  • zeak14

    That “open letter” is a PERFECT example of the intelligence level of California people. Words and in fact words uttered in private, are not actions. What we have going on is a new KKK lynching the jew. The KKK now wear black robes. Why not? The same people who created the KKK are now the ones trying to lynch Sterling.

    Had Sterling spoken the words he did in a public setting, I would almost support the lynching but he didn’t. He spoke words that were personal and private to someone he thought was a friend. She betrayed him. He spoke words that even people like Mark Cuban say are common.

    And now the NBA wants to turn the team over to David Geffen, Opie Winfry, Magic Johnson and Larry Ellison?
    Geffen and Johnson subscribe to the Brian SInger / Harvey Milk school of young boy dating. Opie is a racist. Larry Ellison just cost the state of Washington and US tax payers $500,000,000.00 in damages with a failed healthcare program.

    Take off the black robes, people, look at yourself in the mirror and move along. There is enough racism in each of us to worry about. Let us all deal with our own problems before we lynch someone whose problems are no greater than ours. There is nothing to see here. You are only making things worse.

    Matthew 7:

    1Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.