Shalom Life | April 30, 2014

Jewish Groups Condemn Donald Sterling

In extended audio acquired by Deadspin, the Los Angeles Clippers owner said that black Jews are 'treated like dogs' in Israel

By: Graham Sigurdson

Published: April 28th, 2014 in Sports » Local

Jewish Groups Condemn Donald Sterling

And the scandal surrounding Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, continues to escalate.

On Friday, gossip site TMZ published a 10-minute recording of Sterling going on a racist rant during a conversation between him and his mistress V. Stiviano. In the recording, Sterling allegedly tells his girlfriend - who is black and Mexican - that she should not been seen with black people or post photographs of herself with black people on Instagram. Likewise, he tells her not to bring black people, including NBA legend Magic Johnson, to his team’s games.

On Sunday, Deadspin released an extended audio in which the man identified as Sterling can be heard elaborating upon his views, saying that they reflect the way the world works, noting that, in Israel, black Jews “are just treated like dogs.”

Stiviano counters that Sterling, being Jewish, should not be advocating discrimination, citing the Holocaust as a source.

Now, several Jewish groups have now issued their condemnations of the racist millionaire, with many suggesting that members of the Clippers are now 'carrying a burden' against the owner, who was notably absent from yesterday's 118-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Naturally, the players want to know what are the maximum sanctions that are available for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (who is also Jewish) to take against Sterling.

The series is now tied 2-2. Hopefully, Silver makes some sort of announcement before Game 5, to at least show to Los Angeles that some sort of justice has been brought to fruition.

In an issued statement, ADL National Director, Abraham H. Foxman commented that “The remarks attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling are reprehensible. If the National Basketball Association’s investigation reveals that Mr. Sterling in fact made these racist and intolerant statements, we expect and anticipate a swift and forceful response.”

“We applaud those within and outside the NBA who have already spoken out on this issue. It is reassuring and affirming to know that such flagrant racism is so widely regarded as out of bounds,” he added.

ADL Pacific Southwest regional director Amanda F. Susskin called on Sterling to reject the statement’s that had been attributed to him, saying that, “In Los Angeles, the most diverse major city in the country, we take as point of pride that our leaders - in business, in government and in the community - embrace and accept this diversity without bias or bigotry. Both are suggest in the shocking language attributed to Mr. Sterling. We hope he disavows both the language and the sentiment behind it.”

Likewise, the American Jewish Committee condemned the remarks and asked that the NBA respond accordingly.

“Donald Sterling’s callous remarks regarding African Americans are a painful reminder that, 60 years after the landmark Supreme court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, and 50 years after the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, there is still work to be done. And that someone so deeply involved in the NBA, which exemplifies the racial tapestry of our country, would think this way is all the more striking,” said AJC Executive director David Harris.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has called the remarks “truly offensive and disturbing,” adding that the league will move “extraordinarily quickly” in investigating the remarks. Magic Johnson said it was a "shame" that Sterling feels this way about minorities.

The NAACP’s Los Angeles chapter had been scheduled to honor Sterling with a lifetime achievement award, which they announced they would be rescinding.


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