Mendoza: Of all people, latest racist is NBA owner?

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By Al S. Mendoza

All Write

Monday, April 28, 2014

I STILL can’t understand why racism still exists in the NBA. By golly, of all basketball leagues in the world, the NBA, the bastion of everything good and great in the sport, getting itself enmeshed in Jurassic issues nearly 70 years after its birth?

Either some whites are born to raise hell a la Klu Klux Klan cultists or are simply inherently stupid.

The cultists, they can be easily eradicated. But the stupid? Incurable. Un-repairable. Hopeless. Like scorpions, they sting their own kind.


Donald Sterling was supposedly heard over a voice video to have told his girl friend to avoid befriending blacks after having seen her being with Magic Johnson, black, watching a Los Angeles Clippers game.

Sterling owns the Clippers and for him to say that – if ever he did – was completely below the belt, and an outright insult to his own self, I tell you.

Such racist remarks have no place in this time and age when blacks and whites have become one in mind and heart, in words and in actions. Isn’t President Obama black?

But even as the incident is being investigated thoroughly, it is not surprising to see the NBA stars gang up on Sterling, whose top Clipper guard, Chris Paul, is black and who happens to be president of the National Basketball Players Association.

“This is a very serious issue which we will address aggressively,” said Paul, who signed last season a five-year deal with the Clippers worth $107 million. “We have asked (former NBA star and Sacramento mayor) Kevin Johnson [black] to expand his responsibilities with the NBPA to determine our response and our next steps.”

Reacting with scathing remarks to the remarks of Sterling were active stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, and retired stars James Worthy, Shaq O’Neal and Charles Barkley – all black.

Said Glenn “Doc” Rivers, Clippers coach: “It upsets all of us. There’s not one guy who is happy with this situation.”

I wonder how Sterling would get out of this big, big hole.


(Deepest condolences to Charles Maxey and to the other many loved ones of Davao’s icon of a journalist Ram Maxey, who had passed on Sunday. Ram, my great glass-mate, was 92.)


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 29, 2014.


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