The Water Cooler – The Owner of the Los Angeles Clippers

April 29, 2014 12:00 pm · 143 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Today, the NBA banned the owner of the L.A. Clippers, Donald Sterling, for racist comments he made during a secretly taped private conversation. The NBA is also fining Sterling $2.5-million and they plan to force him to sell the team.

Do you think the punishment is fair, or too hasrsh?

Talk about it….

101 vindex April 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

The guy is obviously a racist and a bigot… Don’t you have the right to be a racist and a bigot in America?

102 gimli April 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Rich people problems. Say anything you want, get fined 2 million and sell the team for 600 million.

103 RunDogRun April 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM

It looked to me like the Clippers
threw the game to retaliate against
Sterling and force the league to act,
but then I’m not a sports fan.

104 Cat Wrangler April 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Who cares? Clearly, the players, the fans, the sponsors, me and my 7 year old grandson who is wearing black socks today in solidarity with the players. Private or not, prejudice is oh-so-ugly and unacceptable n any and every situation and thankfully, no longer quietly accepted today as SOP.

105 Shelly April 29, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Not too hasrsh.

106 Atticus Thraxx April 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I guess your right Connie. I saw her picture and my skeezer alert started going off and wouldn’t stop ’till I pulled the batteries. Dark souls, the both of them. And I’d never heard of either one of them until yesterday about this time. Maybe CNN will find some plane parts and we can all forget about this, as I could give a damn about the dignity of NBA players. Homophobic bastids anyways.

107 dave April 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

he will win in court. no worries for the rich guy!

108 Pyrrhus April 29, 2014 at 9:29 PM

@RunDogRun And you just proved you’re a racist like Sterling. You are seriously justifying the use of the N word? Why don’t you all go hang out at stormfront or something.

@Tinfoiler if you are stupid enough to sleep with someone that will run their mouth then don’t be surprised when people react badly to it.

109 Me April 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

@Rundogrun – point taken but I believe that it was Wilt Chamberlain not Kareem Abdul Jabbar

110 lg April 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

His girlfriend is a piece of crap just like him!! I hope she gets sued!!! That beng said, doe we really want the ‘thought” police!!! We are not free anymore!!! A prvate conversation in your own home can ruin your life!!!! Crazy!!!!

111 lg April 29, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Also, it`s a double standard. Those players are making racist comment all throughout the game. Not to mention the politicians and holloywood stars ! It`s dispicable to single one out and let all the others off with a free pass!!! I DON`T like hypocrites!!!!

112 Walnut Creek Resident April 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

I think if our private conversations or thoughts were televised to the world we would ALL be in hot water. I am still very uncomfortable with his racist remarks. I just feel it was more to the story after his kept woman turned on him. He is being punished for that and all the racist remarks. It is terrible that he has all those black people working for him and he believes that one should not be seen with a black person, Maybe he was jealous and said that so that whore of a girlfriend would stay away from them as men. Maybe he really does not think blacks are bad just that he was jealous of them with that lady. Am i crazy? Just an idea.

113 Cat Wrangler April 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM

@ Urban Spaceman – Actually, Ray Kroc was a salesman of milkshake machines which he sold to the brothers called Dick and Mac McDonald. He was so enamored of their system that he bought them out and expanded it to the great enterprise we know today. :)

114 Beverly April 29, 2014 at 10:24 PM

That is an honestly very sad story, what he said out of jealously or racism never needed to be said. She may have deserved it.

115 Suzie April 29, 2014 at 10:31 PM

She is a tramp and he is a whoremonger. That’s all that needs to be said about them. All this he said she said crap is ridiculous!

116 Langston Hughes April 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I Dream a World
Langston Hughes

I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn.
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind–
Of such I dream, my world!

117 Dr. Jellyfinger® April 29, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I thought it was fairly harsh.

That sure was one expensive romp under the covers tho! Sheesh! bidges be crazy.

118 caskydiver April 29, 2014 at 10:49 PM

why should anyone be subject to a multimillion dollar fine for simply expessing their thoughts/beliefs?? This is terrible.

Whatever happened to “I may disagree with what you say, but I defend your right to say it”?

119 RunDogRun April 29, 2014 at 10:51 PM

@109Pyrrhus I’m not a racist. I’m
a redneck bigot and proud of it.

120 Walnut Creek Resident April 29, 2014 at 11:02 PM

We know one thing: ” the he said and the she said” is no more. Now we are left with relief after they have been exposed. bye bye The media will make us sick of the whole thing.

121 Cracky McGee April 29, 2014 at 11:03 PM

The REAL lesson to be learned here ….

When a woman born Maria Vanessa Perez in October 1982 in Los Angeles successfully petitions to change her name to V. Stiviano in 2010 dates you when she is just 31 years old and you are 80 years old … Don’t give her over 2.5 million in gifts and expect her to be involved in your life because she loves you and loves the sex ….

122 RunDogRun April 30, 2014 at 5:49 AM

@109 Pyrrhus
The “black experience” pales by
comparison to what Native Americans
have suffered in this country, yet
we hear about it day in and day
out by a bunch of whining one
percenters who play basketball.
The poverty on some reservations
in the United States is staggering.
But, I don’t see any of these
douchebags offering their
assistance. No, they are too
busy whining about what one
of their own said to his whore
in private. Give me one reason
why they deserve any sympathy
from me?

123 RunDogRun April 30, 2014 at 6:28 AM

The “black experience” pales by
comparison to what Native Americans
have suffered in this country. The
poverty on some reservations in the
US is staggering. Do these douchebags
care? No, day in and day out we hear
these whining one percenters carrying
on about what one of there own said
to his whore in private. Give me one
good reason why they should get any
sympathy from me.

124 RunDogRun April 30, 2014 at 6:30 AM

The “black experience” pales by
comparison to what Native Americans
have suffered in this country. The
poverty on some reservations in the
US is staggering. Do these douchebags
care? No, day in and day out we hear
these whining one percenters carrying
on about what one of there own said
to his whore in private. Give me one
good reason why they should get any
sympathy from me. There are people
in this country who actually deserve

125 He's a Toad April 30, 2014 at 6:36 AM

How sad that so many people are defending him because they worry what would happen if their private conversations were taped.

Many of those people are also calling it liberal PC bs and one person even said Sterling was a Democrat even though Wikipedia has him listed as a Republican.

So we have people worrying about having their private conversations taped because of racist things they may have said pretty much hewing to the Fox News model of beliefs.

Yet they claim there’s no racism against Obama. Yeah, right.

126 Cowellian April 30, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Well, if Wikipedia says it’s so, . . .

127 The Mamba April 30, 2014 at 7:27 AM

I think the league reacted to the full extent that it could, and therefore did the right thing. I think there are some legal questions that will come up, but on paper it looks great.

128 @Cowellian April 30, 2014 at 7:55 AM

I hear you, but have you seen anything to the contrary?

129 Anon April 30, 2014 at 8:21 AM

There is no denying he is a total p.o.s, but it is probably safe to assume his lawyers are working 24/7 to appeal that decision and fine. Even If he is forced to sell then he will still profit big time. Isn’t the team worth 500+ million or more?

I only heard he admitted it was him in the recordings, *not* that he knew he was being recorded which could be a whole other issue.

130 Suzanne April 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Yep, his lawyers are going to have a field day with that one–I doubt if he’s going to pay that huge fine.

131 Cowellian April 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM

We have no way of knowing how he votes, but we can find out who he gives money to. And I’m pretty sure that Republicans are ineligible for NAACP Lifetime Achievement Awards.

132 RunDogRun April 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM

How can anyone defend these
walking pieces of human garbage
as victims of racism when they
are exploiting their own fans with
$100 pairs of Nikes.

133 @Cowellian April 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

“And I’m pretty sure that Republicans are ineligible for NAACP Lifetime Achievement Awards.”

That’s just ridiculous unless you are confirming that all Republicans are racist.

134 Cowellian April 30, 2014 at 12:34 PM

#134, now you’re just being silly. I didn’t say anything like that.

135 RanchgirlCA April 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

The racist dates a mixed race golddigger. A match made in heaven.

His racist ways are nothing new and she should be punished for the recordings.

136 Robert E. Lee April 30, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I think he wants out, he’s up in age and would get a big payday for selling the team despite the fines. What he said that was reported was in bad taste. But was this taken out of context? He is the owner, he does pay the players,etc. I think his thinking is of the typical Scrooge McDuck types, they just don’t say it out loud. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was high fived at the country club.
As far as the woman, I think he should have insulated himself or found a more mature mate his own age.

137 He Had it Coming! April 30, 2014 at 8:24 PM

His racism is pathetic. Makes the rest of us look bad. If he wants to personally be a racist, that’s his business. But you can’t practice institutionalized racism as a slumlord. It’s against the law. As far as having a mistress who’s black and Hispanic, is he doing it to treat her like crap?

138 cornfed April 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

For a guy who doesn’t like black people he sure has made a lot if them into millionaires. Damn slaveowner.

139 Cal D. Menames April 30, 2014 at 11:46 PM

The politics of hurt feelings…….. enough already.

140 What Security April 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM

That’s like a guy who runs a shelter for abused woman saying to his abused wife, in private let those B’s need to learn a lesson not once but has a track record of degrading woman, beind sued for it on numerous occasions.

141 NotPC May 1, 2014 at 1:31 AM

So why was she taping him?? He has a right to have his opinions As Long As They Do Not Get Reflected In His Work. And, I have to say, they do not. The players and coaching staff, even if he doesn’t like them, are paid the big Big Bucks.

I do not share his opinions, but top be honest, I haven’t heard one, even this week. He was telling his girlfriend (golddigger) not to bring her boyfriends to his games. From the way it was worded between them, it looks as if that would have been the case no matter what race they were.

I’m not making any excuses for this clown, I don’t respect him mainly for the way he ran his housing back when, but he does have a right to his opinions, whatever they are, and to have those opinions be kept private in his own home.

142 NotPC May 1, 2014 at 1:36 AM

@#119 Casky – That only counts if your opinion is PC. If you have a non popular opinion based on your own experiences, throw it away and prepare for re-education camp.

143 Pyrrhus May 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

@NotPC and the NBA and other owners have a right to uphold a brand image and to protect their business. Whether you like it or not, Sterling damages the reputation of the league. The public is outraged, the coach and players don’t want to play for him, and sponsors have already pulled out.

What do you think would happen to a board member or CEO of a company that did something to make the company look bad and caused financial harm? They would be gone. When you work for a company you represent the company both in public and private. That’s why you need to be careful what you say and do even when you aren’t performing your job. Facebook has been the downfall of many employees who don’t understand this.

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