Shocking Signs of Racist Talking Donald Sterling Were Always Obvious

Shocking Signs of Racist Talking Donald Sterling Were Always Obvious

Here are some signs that were evident of Donald Sterling’s racist intentions over the years as L.A. Clippers Owner:

1) The NBA, under David Stern, tolerated it for years.

In a 2009 wrongful-termination lawsuit that was eventually rejected by a jury, former Clippers general manager and NBA legend Elgin Baylor claimed that Sterling had a “plantation mentality.” From Baylor’s lawsuit:

“[Sterling] said, ‘Personally, I would like to have a white Southern coach coaching poor black players.’ And I was shocked. And he looked at me and said, ‘Do you think that’s a racist statement?’ I said, ‘Absolutely. That’s plantation mentality.'”

In the suit, Baylor also claimed that three top Clippers players — Sam Cassell, Elton Brand, and Corey Maggette — complained to him that Sterling was bringing women into the locker room to look at the players, and once said to one of the women, ” Look at those beautiful black bodies.”

2) In 2006, the Department of Justice brought housing-discrimination charges against Sterling for allegedly refusing to rent to African-Americans at his Los Angeles residential complexes. The suit was settled three years later for a record $2.75 million, with Sterling avoiding an admission of liability.

In sworn testimony, one of Sterling’s top property supervisors Sumner Davenport claimed he made racist comments about black people living in one of the buildings he had just acquired:

“That’s because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they’re not clean. … And it’s because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day.”

Davenport also told a story about Sterling saying “just evict the b—-” when a black tenant complained about water damage (via ESPN’s Peter Keating):

“Kandynce Jones’ refrigerator dripped, her dishwasher was broken, and her apartment was always cold. Now it had flooded. Davenport reported what she saw to Sterling, and according to her testimony, he asked: ‘Is she one of those black people that stink?’ When Davenport told Sterling that Jones wanted to be reimbursed for the water damage and compensated for her ruined property, he replied: ‘I am not going to do that. Just evict the b****.’

Sterling has many other bad personality traits that have rubbed many people the wrong way. Read more HERE.