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May 3, 2014

Morgan: Watch out for TMZ

Corsicana — I’m not worried about the NSA spying on me. Whatever they find, they keep to themselves. The thing that scares me more is TMZ. Don’t believe me? Ask Donald Sterling.

Donald Sterling is a lecher, a bigot and an overall despicable person. It’s nothing new. People have known that for a long, long time. It has been public knowledge forever.

The legendary Elgin Baylor, the onetime Clippers’ general manager, sued Donald Sterling for discrimination.

Eleven years ago, he was sued by a group for discrimination in housing. Sterling refused to rent to Hispanics because, “They smoke, drink and just hang around the building.”

He refused to rent to blacks because, “They smell and attract vermin.” He preferred to rent to Korean Americans because, “They will live in whatever conditions he gives them, and they still pay the rent.”

No one was surprised by Sterling’s rantings, at least they shouldn’t have been.

The NBA had turned a blind eye to his racial bigotry for many years. The NAACP was just about to give him his second lifetime achievement award (due more to his donations than his views).

The public knowledge of the 81-year old philanderer didn’t do him in. His coup d’gras came from an illegally taped private conversation with his (“black”) girlfriend.

His weren’t public statements. They were statements made in a private conversation with someone he thought he could trust.

Even Kareem Abdul Jabbar, a civil rights activist back before Al Sharpton discovered Weight Watchers, said that what happened to the Clipper’s owner was chilling in view of the fact that it came from a private conversation. Think about it for a minute.

What if the things you said about your mother in law in the Corsicana Country Club locker room became public?

Will you be looking for a hidden camera at Roy’s Café before your next tirade about your boss? Thinking back to that last big party, was that really a wine glass in Frank Means’ hand or a cleverly disguised microphone? Makes you think.

Donald Sterling has no business being associated with the NBA, and I think the new commissioner did the right thing in fining him and suspending him for life (which could be several months).  

I’m not too sure he can force him to sell the team. Oh, I’m aware of what it says in the NBA constitution. However, I’m not sure the NBA constitution can supersede the U.S. Constitution. (I mean, in order to teach government I did have to read the book). If it can, that could be even more chilling.

It’s a funny thing about forgiveness. Apparently, if you are a billionaire, it’s easier to get forgiveness. It seems as though his wife has forgiven him. Well, at least there is no word of an impending divorce. She is suing his former girlfriend claiming she made away with $1.8 million. I think that’s on top of the $2 million condo he bought her, or the Ferrari or the two Bentleys or the Range Rover. Had he been a thousandaire, I’m not sure she would have forgiven him so quickly.

And, the NAACP quickly came out and forgave him. They withheld their award, but followed their biblical obligation to forgive.

 I wonder if the millions he had given the group had any affect on that. Donald didn’t even ask for forgiveness and got it.

The NAACP hasn’t forgiven Allen West, Tim Scott or Condoleezza Rice for the sin of being black and conservative. In fact they toss out phrases like Uncle Tom or Oreo when discussing them. Liberal racists are acceptable while black conservatives are not.

Speaking of Condoleezza Rice, aren’t a large group of students at Rutgers racist for protesting her coming there to speak? How ironic that the Augusta National Golf Club is more accepting than an institution of higher learning.  Isn’t it funny what is and isn’t racist these days.

Donald Sterling is a racist. Donald Sterling has no place in the NBA or much of anywhere else that I can think of.

The funny thing is how it came about after all these years. Donald Sterling doesn’t scare me. The breathing of the NSA guy listening in on my calls home doesn’t scare me.

 However, the next time I see Harvey Levin walking down the street, I’m running the other way.

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