April 29, 2014

Yahoo: Sterling a plantation owner because he discriminates against white players

Adrian Wojnarowski writes for Yahoo Sports:
Through the years, [Sterling's] racism has been sometimes subtle and often overt. For those failing to understand why a racist like Sterling never preferred white players, it cut to the heart of his stereotypical stances on athleticism and strength and talent. 
Mostly, he's never loved paying white players. In that way, he has an absolute plantation prism with which he sees players: He always preferred long, strong, physical players. To him, that's a basketball player: Big, black and strong. 
When Sterling became reluctant to honor Rivers' sign-and-trade agreement for J.J. Redick, there was a belief race played a factor. As one league source said, "He thought it was too much to pay for a white player." 
Yes, Sterling didn't want to so easily part with Eric Bledsoe, despite Rivers telling him they could never afford to pay Bledsoe in restricted free agency next summer. That was part of it, yes, but those who knew Sterling – who had history with him – believed largely that his disdain for paying $7 million per year for a white player caused him pause. 
Nevertheless, those days could be soon gone.


JI said...

The logical contortions the pundits are going through are a mother lode for you, Steve. :-)

Anonymous said...

I had to click through to see if you had doctored that excerpt.

It's part and parcel with the shift that's happened since Obama came along and provided a pretty good counterpoint to the idea that blacks are being held down exclusively by society. The explanations of modern racism (see Ta-Nehisi Coates), and how much worse it is than ever, are long, tortured and becoming comically obscure. You used to be able to point to attack dogs, fire hoses and separate lunch counters. Now a big time journalist can use a preference for black players as part of a metaphor for how an NBA owner is like a plantation owner.

To keep racism alive, they've redefined any bad behavior with blacks in the room as racism. I'd say it can't go on, but it seems to keep getting worse.

Anonymous said...

I really don't feel bad for Sterling. This wasn't the result of a few careless comments, it was the culmination of decades of sowing bad will among fans, players, and other owners. Good riddance.

wiseguy said...

Steyn quoted you today in his article about Sterling.

Anonymous said...

Well done to Sterling for doing the impossible and making the NBA interesting.

Well done too for having the wife know about the gifts to the mistress and not having a problem with the situation.

#however must point out that if a rich guy is going to take a mistress shouldn't he go for a looker?

David said...

So will we see more white players now, thanks to Yahoo, Slate, et al.?

Geoff Matthews said...

Wait, wanting to play whites less is the plantation mindset?

Anonymous said...

Seems like the only people willing to defend Sterling are black, like Floyd Mayweather:

"I don't have nothing negative to say about the guy," Mayweather said. "He's always treated me with the utmost respect, he has always invited me to games, always. And he always says, 'Floyd, I want you to sit right next to me and my wife.' "

Black Sea said...

I suppose that the plantation owner of Southern lore never saw it as fitting that whites work the fields alongside blacks. So maybe it's a fit.

Anonymous said...

I think Clippers basketball players then have the answer to "why didn't the slaves fight back?". The equivalent in this scenario is "why don't you refuse to cash your next paycheck?".

Titus Didius Tacitus said...

Eric Blair: "Just stop watching the NBA or any sports with these race commissars.

Enriching con men and thugs isn't what white men ought to be doing."

Good thinking.

Anonymous said...

if a rich guy is going to take a mistress shouldn't he go for a looker?

Indeed. V is what we Brits call 'rough as arseholes'. I mean, really, couldn't he do better than that?

guest007 said...


You are missing the obvious question. Is there anything that Michael Jordan, as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (soon to be Hornets), could say about whites, women, Asians, or Latinos that would get him banned for life from basketball? I doubt if anyone can come up with a scenario that would get any black owner banned (including gambling).

In reality, blacks live in a world where they can be as bigoted and racist as they want to be and they know that they will not ever get into trouble for it.

Anonymous said...

In the antebellum South, white yeoman farmers had to compete against plantation owners and their unpaid but not cost-free slave labor. This was early globalization, since the tobacco market was international and tobacco was a valuable commodity used as currency in some colonies, e.g. Maryland to settle debts and pay taxes. It was an uphill battle for a yeoman farmer and his sons to compete against a planter and his slaves growing tobacco. Perhaps similar to a white guy trying to break into the NBA, the short shot clock, no zone defense, etc. rules establish a game that strongly favors the physical advantages of black players.

Sean said...

You think Sterling chose a non white mistress because she would be better value for money?

Anonymous said...

Donald Sterling told his girlfriend to stop announcing to the world that she fucks black guys. This kind of thinking has no place in the modern world or the NBA.

- Adam Silver

The Lonely Jew said...

Yahoo's obsessions. Homosexuality and obamalove.

Anonymous said...

Steve in one of your earlier posts you note that Sterling is a little worried about his vim and vigor. Well, nothing like a good old existential threat to his livelihood to flood his system with Testosterone. This should be very interesting. I hope

Anonymous said...

The ludicrous thing is that Sterling was right: right before this all blew up, Simmons criticized Rivers for making such a stupid trade and getting so little value and big-man help for Bledsoe.

Anonymous said...

The test cases continue in this sad totalitarian Idiocracy nightmare society. Even one's inner thoughts must be censored and so the final battle is won against freedom.

Long ago in a freer world, one could order a coffee and quip, "I like my coffee as I like my men, strong, sweet, hot and BLACK" and be assured a smile, titter or laugh at the absurdity. Nowadays, I fear, everyone at table, men and women alike would instead fist-bump their approval. Do you smell that? It's our cooked goose.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Steve, I think the plantation comparison is apt, especially when you consider the large Jewish role played in slavery. Sterling dislikes white players the same way plantation owners thought that their original Irish slaves were inferior workers to Africans.

countenance said...

One of the first things I said after L'Affaire d'Sterling broke out is that if we use the same standard that the Federal judiciary uses for urban fire departments' hiring and promotion, that being disparate impact, you'd have to think that Sterling hates white people.

Only one white man out of the fourteen on this year's Clippers' roster, the head coach and the associate head coach are both black. Sterling held on to Elgin Baylor as a GM way longer than he should have.

Anonymous said...

Steve, this is just soooo rich:

A few weeks ago two GS Warrior coaches were mysteriously "let go." The coach and team remained closed-lipped about what caused their firings.

Now, THIS! One was fired for having SECRETELY taped conversations between coaches and coaches and team.


I'll bet the NBA makes sure those tapes don't see the light of day after their judgment of Sterling.

jody said...

"Just stop watching the NBA or any sports with these race commissars."

i've posted before about how i saw the NBA turning into a deliberate cultural marxist weapon but how i held off for years in making the leap to that conclusion, giving the NBA every chance to show me it was still just about going out there and playing some hoops.

at every turn, the league showed me the opposite. that cultural marxist heterodoxy was the rule, and that the NBA was being turned into a tool, a weapon, to use against historical america.

i long ago stopped watching any ESPN channels (and they have several) but even when i still did once in a while. it was clear that ESPN thinks NBA is the number 1 sport in america, that it's bigger than even NFL, that they spend the majority of their time talking about NBA or showing NBA or covering the exploits of various NBA players, even during NFL season, and that ESPN sees their primary function as to be an advocate and tabloid style reporter on the daily exploits of about 5 or 6 african NBA players. their every move, play, thought, tweet, or word, was covered, re-covered, analyzed, re-analyzed, harped on, and replayed...until the next game, where the process started all over again.

ESPN has been busy phasing out all other sports from their coverage, at least on their flagship channel. they want it to be the case that basketball is the only sport there is, and african basketball players are the only athletes you should know. i dare anybody to say otherwise.

Jefferson said...

Seems like the only people willing to defend Sterling are black, like Floyd Mayweather:

"I don't have nothing negative to say about the guy," Mayweather said. "He's always treated me with the utmost respect, he has always invited me to games, always. And he always says, 'Floyd, I want you to sit right next to me and my wife.' "

The Libertarian Gavin McInnes is not Black and he defended Donald Sterling.

Gavin said on Hannity that Donald should not be forced to sell the Clippers because of something he said in the privacy of his own home. He thinks Donald's Mulata mistress broke the law for recording that conversation without getting his permission first.

Alex Jones and Donald Trump have also taken Donald Sterling's side when it comes to his right for privacy. And neither of them are Black.

Anonymous said...

Funny and telling:
Sports Center anchor has a white-guilt induced mini anxiety attack over his innocent choice of words re: Doc Rivers and Don Sterling.


Alcalde Jaime Miguel Curleo said...

True plantation management is more complicated than we had thought