Stupidity isn't a crime in the United States

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 05:55 PM.

Am I the only one who sees the irony in Jewish attorney Donald Sterling, owner of the the Los Angeles Clippers, and Jewish attorney Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association being destined to collide as they have in the recent brouhaha over Sterling’s racist comments? Sterling-Silver? Get it?

Sterling silver has value. But there’s little value in the recent event that shares their names. There’s enough fool’s gold to spread around on both sides.

Sterling made private, idiotic comments to his girlfriend that were recorded. A firestorm erupted (typically 10 days later America has moved on and there’s nary a flicker) when his interpreted as racist comments were released by a website. Sterling admitted making the comments. NBA Commissioner Silver banned NBA franchise owner Sterling from professional basketball for life, fined him $2.5 million dollars and has threatened to force him to sell his property: the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.

We put too much emphasis on talk. While a man’s talk is important, his “walk” should define him. In Sterling’s case, though, both his talk and his walk have led many to think of him as a very flawed man — even a racist — albeit a very rich man. The recording made of Sterling’s comments he thought were part of a private conversation, combined with his reputation for racism, became the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

I don’t know and have never met Donald Sterling. I can’t know, therefore, anything about him except for what I read. And since I don’t believe everything I read, I have to take what I do read and hear on the radio and see on TV and the internet with a big grain of salt. Nonetheless, Sterling does seem to be one of those people who can buy anything he wants — except class and self-respect.

Regardless of Sterling’s moronic comments, if we’re fair we must ask the question if Sterling had made similar private comments but about whites instead of blacks would the reaction have been the same? If he had told his girlfriend not to be seen with whites or Orientals or Indians or Christians or Jews or other women or homosexuals, would Silver’s reaction and that of the press, the NBA owners and players and other critics have been the same?

No way. The NBA consists of a majority of black players.

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