So Democrat donor and Clippers owner Don Sterling has a lifetime ban from the NBA, and a $2.5 million fine, This is because he made racist remarks on tape, which is not, in fact, against the law. The nooze media are enjoying an orgy of back-slapping: “Hah, we really got that no-good racist pig!”
To put it in historical context, consider some of these other suspensions.
In 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers’ manager Leo Durocher was suspended because of allegations that he was involved with “gamblers.” Since the Black Sox scandal of 1919, baseball has been acutely sensitive about gambling. (That’s why the all-time base hit leader, Pete Rose, is on a lifetime suspension.) My wife’s family remembered it as Durocher being suspended for writing love letters to movie star Laraine Day–whom he later married, but who at the time was married to someone else. But the official reason given was consorting with gamblers. You’d think, if there was substance to it, that charge would have gotten him more than a one-year suspension.
In 1973, New York Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich were suspended for a year for swapping wives (and, later on, the family dogs and children, too). Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn said he levied the suspension because it was his duty to serve as “the conscience of baseball.”
From 1996 to 1998, Cincinnati Reds’ owner Marge Schott was suspended for allegedly making racist comments about all sorts of people. I think her problem was that no one in the baseball establishment liked her because she was a loose cannon. Owners are not supposed to be colorful. (That was George Steinbrenner’s problem, too.)
We observe, then, that what happened to Sterling has happened to others, more or less.
What is different about this example is that the nooze media arm of the Democrat Party intend to use it as campaign fodder in this year’s mid-term elections.
When your policies fail, one and all, and your leaders are schmucks, and it looks like your gang is about to lose the Senate–well, that’s when you play the race card. Over and over and over again–and hope you scare your voting base into turning out for you.
Which is more despicable–big sports or big politics?