]The frenzy over the repulsive, racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling reached the Sunday talk shows this weekend. Sterling is said to have made the comments to his girlfriend.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” trotted out Rev. Al Sharpton as its expert on the subject of what should be done in the aftermath of controversy.
The Hanging Shad has made no secret of my disdain for Sharpton, once just a phony but then turned dangerous, ruining lives. This past fall, Sharpton was plugging his new book on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” a program I enjoy. (MSNBC is the cable network that actually gave Sharpton a show called “PoliticsNation.”). In doing so, he continued to defend his actions in the infamous Tawana Brawley case.
Sharpton has had every opportunity over the years to make right his destructive role in that controversy. He refuses to do so. In fact, he makes it worse. Until he does, The Shad will have no respect for him and I reject any show that uses him as any sort of expert.
As far as Donald Sterling is concerned, if I was coach Doc Rivers or any African American player on the Clippers, I’d consider refusing to play until Sterling apologizes and sells the team, assuming it is confirmed it’s him on the tape. There is no room in our society let alone the NBA for that type of sentiment.