No Blacks Allowed? NBA Sanctions Discrimination

Lenn Durant, rollingout.com, November 8, 2009

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Last week Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling agreed to pay $2.73 million in a discrimination lawsuit settlement brought by the U.S. Department of Justice for refusing to rent apartments to African Americans and Hispanics.

{snip}The settlement is the largest in U.S. history for housing discrimination.

NBA commissioner David Stern, the NBA and the NBA Players Association have been silent in response to the suit. To complicate matters, this is just one of several law suits against Sterling that involves racial discrimination, housing discrimination and even sexual harassment.

Hall of Fame great Elgin Baylor was the general manager of the Clippers for 22 years. The 75-year-old Baylor is currently suing Sterling, the Clippers and the NBA for being forced out of his job because of his age and race.

Sterling also settled another unrelated housing discrimination suit for an undisclosed amount and a reported $5 million in attorney’s fees. That settlement in 2003 was two weeks after a sexual harassment suit that also alleged housing and hiring discrimination. {snip}

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If NBA and NFL players are held accountable for their actions, so too must the owners. As a whole the black community should be outraged and should join forces to make their voices heard.

If you believe racist owners have no place in the NBA, which is over 90 percent black, then make your voice heard. Contact the NBA offices in New York and file a complaint at (212) 407-8000. Also let the L.A. Clippers know your position by calling (213) 742-7500.

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