In an opinion piece written by former NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and published by Time magazine, Abdul-Jabbar wonders why it took so long to react to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's long public record of remarks and behavior denigrating minorities.
In the piece Abdul-Jabbar also writes that Sterling's "girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing 'pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.' She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee."
Abdul-Jabbar also writes: "What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise."
And he adds: "Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizens' privacy in such an un-American way? Although the impact is similar to Mitt Romney’s comments that were secretly taped, the difference is that Romney was giving a public speech. The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime. We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it."
We urge you to read Abdul-Jabbar's entire piece, which, again, you can find if you click here.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once coached the Los Angeles Clippers