January 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) meets with Los Angeles Clippers small forward Matt Barnes (22) following the 107-102 loss at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Donald Sterling mentions Kobe Bryant in 32-page response to league


Somehow, Donald Sterling finds a way to one-up his own ineptness with more ineptness as he’s been sticking his foot in his own mouth since “Tape-gate” took place.

This time he involves Los Angeels Lakers star Kobe Bryant as Sterling has responded to the charges placed by the NBA last Tuesday. In a 32-page response, here is what the Clippers owners says, comparing his words to that of Kobe Bryant’s a few years ago, as he looks to defend himself as remain owner of the Clippers franchise:

It’s facially ludicrous that what Mr. Sterling said in these circumstances could produce the equivalent of the death penalty while Kobe Bryant called a referee a “fucking faggot” on national television sustaining only a modest $100,000 fine. Mr. Sterling did not deny that the words he uttered were “stupid, foolish, [and] uneducated”.

via Donald Sterling’s Answer to Charge | USA Today Sports

It doesn’t take much to see that Sterling doesn’t have a clear grasp on what is all going on. While Bryant’s words were extremely distasteful, it was a one time instance and there was no indication of Bryant’s past that he held any hate toward the LGBT community. The same can’t be said for Donald Sterling due to his discriminatory past. He’s withheld housing from occupants due to their race, has degraded his own NBA players, and employees, most notably NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor. By removing Stelring from the NBA as a whole, Adam Silver was doing what David Stern failed to do many years ago.

The faster the NBA can remove Sterling from the league, the better it will be for the players, executives, employees, and fans.

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  • Henry Soria

    Tristy, the problem I have with your commentary is that Sterling is
    being penalized for the changes made against him by the Commissioner,
    and those charges do not include the issues you raised in your
    commentary. Sterling’s attorney’s have a good point, I think. If
    Kobe’s words were broadcast to millions of viewers on national
    television, then Sterling’s words in a private, illegally recorded
    conversation do not warrant, in light of Kobe’s $100,00 penalty, what
    the Commissioner is proposing.