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Clippers Owner Donald Sterling: “I Am Not A Racist” (Cue Eyeroll)

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  • Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers appeared on “Anderson Cooper 360″ to discuss the audio that appeared of him complaining to his mistress about bringing Black people to NBA games. Sterling  insisted to Cooper, “I am not a racist” and that he only “made a terrible mistake.” Sterling claims he was “baited” and blamed his mistress for the words that came out of his mouth, whining “I don’t know why the girl had me say those things.” He has been banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million. [Huffington Post, CNN]
  • Shelly Sterling, Donald’s wife, said she intends to divorce him. [TIME]
  • Meanwhile, eight law firms have told Sterling they aren’t interested in helping him sue the NBA. [TMZ]
  • Miley Cyrus cracked a joke about roofieing people for sex, because ugh, Miley. [TMZ]
  • Miami Dolphins player Don Jones has been excused from his team and fined after tweeting critically about Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay athlete. Sam was drafted on Saturday by the St. Louis Rams. [ESPN] Keep reading »

V. Stiviano Defends Donald Sterling As “Not A Racist” In “20/20″ Interview

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Defense Secretary Asks Military To Review Rules Targeting Black Women’s Hairstyles

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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked the military to review new Army rules regulating hairstyles which mostly target Black women. The new regulations ban dreadlocks, twists and larger cornrows. [New York Times]
  • Jessica Valenti has a moving essay about having a preemie baby and her own complicated feelings about later-term abortions. Ultimately, though, Valenti says seeing up close how complicated pregnancy and childbirth decisions are have made her more pro-choice than ever before. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Fined $2.5 Million And Banned For Life By The NBA

Donald Sterling Fined $2.5 Million And Banned For Life By The NBA
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The Soapbox: On Donald Sterling, America's Culture Of Racism & Coming "Home"
Thoughts on the Clippers owner and America's culture of racism. Read More »

Earlier today, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced at a press conference that Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA, after an audio recording of Sterling going on a racist rant was leaked on the internet this past weekend. “Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” said Silver during a news conference in New York. Sterling has also been fined $2.5 million and Silver said he plans on doing “everything in [his] power to ensure” that Sterling is forced to sell the Clippers. The image above is all that appears on the Clippers current homepage. [ABC News]

Oh, and after the jump, a photo of Sterling’s mistress V. Stiviano — who recorded Sterling’s rant and maybe/probably leaked it — wearing a Donald Duck T-shirt and a futuristic face-shielding visor… Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Donald Sterling, America’s Culture Of Racism & Coming Home

The Soapbox: On Donald Sterling, America's Culture Of Racism & Coming "Home"

The media frenzy surrounding the racism of Los Angeles Clippers’ team owner Donald Sterling reminded me why last year, at the age of 23, I decided to leave the country I had been calling “home” for nearly two decades. As a black woman of Caribbean descent, I felt alienated and lost in a sea of endless racial divide and turmoil. Everyday in America I was drowning. My sanity and sense of stability slowly deteriorated, submerged in disillusionment. I did not want to leave, I had to leave. A fiery rage set ablaze feelings of anger, resentment, disappointment that could not be quelled. How could the country that raised me on the notion that all men are created equal, cast me into a reality of segregation and racism? The questions swarmed incessantly like a mosquito’s annoying buzz. The answers never came. Instead, I left. Keep reading »

Los Angeles Clippers Display Silent Protest Against Racist Owner Donald Sterling

  • Over the weekend, TMZ released a recording in which Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, tells his mistress he wishes she wouldn’t bring Black people to games or pose in photos with them on her Instagram. “Don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me,” Sterling is heard saying. “And don’t bring him to my games. Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo, broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” One person Sterling is referring to is Magic Johnson, the retired Lakers player. In a silent protest during warmups yesterday, the entire Clippers team wore their shirts inside out (so the team’s name was not visible), as well as black armbands and black socks. Sterling was barred from the game while the NBA investigates the recording. However, Sterling’s wife attended the game, also wearing all-black. [New York Times] Keep reading »
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