In the wake of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling purportedly being caught on tape stating some rather disparaging comments about blacks in general, a chorus of media and sports figures have called for either his suspension from the National Basketball Association, if not completely forfeiting his ownership of the LA franchise, as reported by NBC News on April 27, 2014. In a 9:26 tape recording posted to the internet on April 26,2014 by the Hollywood gossip-centered website TMZ.com, Sterling was allegedly overheard arguing in a private conversation with his current paramour, curiously known to the public only as V. Stiviano, in which the billionaire divorce and personal injury lawyer was berating her for being seen in public with black people.
Yet as the outrage against Sterling mounts from diverse sources ranging from NBC’s commentator Al Sharpton to Rapper Snoop Dogg to former NBA-players Ervin “Magic” Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal, it has been noted on April 27, 2014 by the right-of-center news portal The National Review that the vast majority of American news services are inexplicably failing to mention that the $1.9 billion man in question also has quite the history of being active in the Democratic Party. As cited, Sterling has donated $6,000 to the Democrats. He has also a history of support for former Democratic Governor of California Gray Davis as well as former US Senator from New Jersey, and also a former Democratic candidate for the US presidency, William “Bill” Bradley.
In the TMZ released audio tape, Sterling allegedly made quite clear his personal disdain for blacks, especially when it came to his beloved posing in off-the-cuff snapshots of her with Magic Johnson, which have since been posted by Stiviano on the photo-sharing internet site Instagram. Sterling seemed unphased when told by his girlfriend that she was of mixed Mexican and black bloodlines. Despite his alleged personal bigotry, the individual identified on the audio recording never used any racial epitaphs against blacks or any other race and/or ethnicity. Neither was there any evidence of advocating discrimination based upon race, which is illegal.
Other than giving thousands of dollars to the Democratic Party, Sterling was also slated to receive a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). As reported by the Los Angeles Times on April 26, 2014, the LA Chapter of the NAACP has yet to announce if the honoring of Sterling has been cancelled or not. As scheduled, NBC’s Al Sharpton is suppose to share the stage with Sterling. The NAACP gala, slated for May 15th, has Sharpton pegged to be named “Person of the Year.”