NBA owner Donald Sterling: “You can sleep with [black people]" but don't "bring them to my games"

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donald sterlingSee that beer belly guy above? His name is Donald Sterling. I see his oozy, slimeball grin over and over and over again splashed on page after page of my morning Los Angeles Times. He places more ads than the Kochs during election season. And they're expensive ads.

BIG ads.

Full page ads.

And they all feature his big ol' ego smiling mug. You'd think after being exposed to so much Donald Sterling, I'd know what he was selling, but I don't. Seeing his omnipresent face irks me so much that I literally avert my eyes or turn the page. He's just. That. Annoying.

Well, now he's more than annoying. He's despicable. Via Think Progress:

Donald Sterling, the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, told his girlfriend not to post pictures on Instagram of herself with black people and not to bring black people to his basketball games, according to an audio recording posted by TMZ. [...]

Sterling tells his girlfriend: “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.” [...]

In 2006, he was sued in a housing discrimination lawsuit that alleged that Sterling wouldn’t rent apartments to black families in Beverly Hills and other LA neighborhoods. The suit alleged that Sterling had once said that “black tenants smell and attract vermin.”

Go to Think Progress for the rest. But wait! There's more!

June 12, 2007: Donald Sterling is Homeless and Needs Your Help:

[T]he text is just a jumble of incomplete sentences. The only thing that is clear from the ad — from the giant Donald Sterling head to the giant “Sterling Homeless Center” on the building” — is that this homeless service center is really all about one thing: Donald T. Sterling.

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August 20, 2008: Donald T. Sterling Fakes His Philanthropy in a New Los Angeles Times Ad.

January 10, 2011: Donald Sterling Taking Out Ads in the New York Times: He’s Gonna Need ‘Em

March 1, 2011: The Donald Sterling PR Trainwreck Continues:

You want to celebrate Black History Month in March? And you want to sully your star player’s image by sticking your smarmy mug next to his in an advertisement? AND you somehow want to let in 1,000 underprivileged children for free, without providing any information on how that will work.

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And just when you thought he couldn't get any worse, Donald Sterling Skimps on Copywriting:

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So much for his Sterling reputation. Maybe he and Cliven Bundy can go live on a ranch together far, far away.

Photos via Quixo.com and AdamRiff.com.

Spelling error photos via SonsOfSteveGarvey.com.

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  • mellowjohn

    a rich, old white guy is racially insensitive? i’m shocked, i tells ya, shocked!

    for many, if not most, of these guys, owning an NBA/NFL/MLB franchise is
    a massive ego trip (just like the much, much younger girlfriend and the many, many full-pages ads basically advertising himself).

    and what they put on the court/field – whether it’s made up of blacks,
    whites, latinos, or trained seals – is just a product. it’s something to
    be used, used up, and replaces as soon as the cost of upkeep exceeds
    the cost of replacement.

  • RepublicanSwine

    P.O.S. comes to mind ...