TO DONALD STERLING, (hopefully soon to be former) OWNER OF THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
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 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.
A longtime fan of Southern California sports who does not want to see the Clippers go back to their bad old days.