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The Sport industry responds to Mr. Sterlings racist remarks, where is outrage when sexism and abuse occurs by players

May 7, 2014

I just finished watching the press conference about the NBA’s decision to ban Mr. Sterling (owner of the LA Clippers) from being involved with the LA Clippers, due to his racist remarks. (Now mind you he was in the privacy of his home, which brings to light its own impropriety.) He was immediately fined 2.5 million and will most likely be pushed out of ownership; and he was banned from any NBA games. Bravo!! To bigots, racists, sexists everywhere, be warmed: this will not be tolerated in the modern day in which we live. Beware of what you say and to whom. If there is hate in your heart you will be routed out.
But let us not forget the other systemic problems in the NBA and the rest of the sports industry as a whole; where constant bad behavior of its players is played out in the press. The whole sports industry has dealt with common offenses such as sexist behavior, abuses to player’s wives and other women, rape, gangster involvement and even murder. Many of our sports hero’s think they are above the law.
I would like to see such outrage the next time a players wife says she’s been abused, we should expect to see all the Mayors of LA and Sacramento, the NBA or NFL to stay up and boldly outcast one of there own. You know who you are, players who continue to play, continue to be treated like celebrities. Who have committed these crimes.
Zero tolerance should mean zero tolerance for all hateful acts.

Diane DeVillers Eugene Oregon

Comments

Jennifer Faith's picture

Amen!

Dear Diane,
I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments and I am hoping for the day when the abuse and sexualization of women by sports "heroes" is not openly accepted in our culture. Thank you for post!
Jennifer

girlpower's picture

Jennifer

Thanks for your comment, sometimes I wonder how long women have to wait until we are respected and honored. I appreciate your support. Just recently 3 of our college's basketball players are being banned due to a suspicious alleged rap of a woman in a restroom where all three of them raped her. The DA is saying there isn't enough evidence, typical trying to sweep it under the rug. What better proof than the woman saying it happened. Our local paper hasn't published my letter which is very timely as it addresses the whole sports industry professional and college and high school even. Its sickening how these institutions coddle these men who should be sent to jail. girlpower

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