Nigger in the woodpile ? Donald Sterling doesn’t even have a plantation but he probably wished, he had one ……..

Nigger in the woodpile ? Donald Sterling doesn’t even have a plantation but he probably wished , he had one ……..

So as the NBA postseason meanders towards what the fans believe will be an inevitability , it is interesting to note, that the biggest story now surrounding the league , just happens to be the unfolding episode concerning the statements attributed to Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling that was first reported by entertainment news’ website TMZ .

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Sterling , is said to have made the comments to his girlfriend, that he would rather have her not associate herself , with “niggers” or have them attend the games of the team he owns , while they are playing at the Staples Arena in downtown Los Angeles , California . As to why anyone, would actually be surprised by these statements by Donald Sterling , when it has been a repeated pattern of behavior by one of the NBA’s most malignant owners . Furthermore , it should be noted, that the owner, has been ran afoul of the US government , by way of the US Justice Department ,with his having been successfully sued in US Federal Court in an action brought by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) , for being a ” slum landlord “ , and in having many of his tenants live in squalor conditions in a number of the numerous residential properties that he owns , many of the tenants in question were minorities , of African-American , Asian-American and Hispanic ethnicity , living within the greater Los Angeles area. The fact, that the city of Los Angeles failed to act with any type of expediency when his actions first came to light with regard the ongoing negligent actions as a landlord , and one of the city’s most prominent residential owners , leads me to believe that beyond the city’s incompetency , was due the power able to be wielded by Sterling within the city and among the city council, itself.

Tantamount to this all, has been the sheer naiveté , apathy , downright stupidity and utter gullibility of fans and the NBA hierarchy , who have continually over the years overlooked Donald Sterling’s continued behavior. It has been an ongoing pattern of behavior by the owner, wherein, David Stern has turned a blind eye to the Clippers owner’s ongoing behavior not only as it relates to the racial overtones of his comments , his egregious sexist behavior but also , what is said to be mistreatment of Clippers’ employees within the organization . Stern, long seen as a bastion of presiding over a league, said to be image conscious, but yet during the time that this owner has carried on with boorish behavior , neither the former NBA Commissioner , nor his later successor , Adam Silver , has sought do a thing, to in some way suspend or fine the owner . Yet , the NBA remains a league where in the past , David Stern has seen fit to fine Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks , hundreds of thousands of dollars , when Cuban has been justified in his criticism of the league hierarchy and that of the officiating of regular and postseason games in the NBA. Need we be reminded also , that Stern has also seen fit to actually punish players with impunity for actions , he believes to be harmful to the game or conducting unbecoming ? Yet during his tenure , he has never seen fit to punish Donald Sterling , for previous allegations of having thrown out racial epithets.

I have to ask myself, what would David Stern or Adam Silver deem serious enough for them to take action against Donald Sterling, given his repeated gregarious behavior ? If that was not enough, how much of an apathetic idiot must one be , to try and suggest consider that the country has progressed beyond the racial divide , when in many cases , there still remains an economic and social chasm within this country, along its racial lines ? Also , with the recent incident , with the death of Alfred Wright in Jasper , Texas , which was also the scene of the dragging and lynching death of James Byrd IV . Can someone explain to me, why they are those, who of the opinion, that racism and dare one say “hate crimes “ are on the decrease ? Is it merely, because the US the Justice Department, would try to suggest that, as being a fact? Need we be reminded, who now heads that particular governmental agency and the continued incompetency that has been shown by Eric Holder , as the US Attorney General ?

Now beyond the racial statements attributed to Donald Sterling , his odious views on women and how sexist those tones are , does bear asking, what other views he may well have, that we have not come seen come the surface and his views on race and other numerous social issues ? Clearly, beyond this stupidity that this is now solely Adam Silver’s issue to deal with , we also need to now look at the actions of the other owners around the NBA , and why no response there about Sterling’s comments and why no formal statement from anyone within the NBPA hierarchy or from among those on the Clippers’ coaching or playing staff . This might be the one time I firmly believe that Doc Rivers or the team’s presumed leader in Chris Paul actually make a formal statement . Consider also , that the Clippers’ point guard is the current President of the Players’ Union (NBPA) . Begs the question, is there no end, to clear incompetency and apathy within the NBA and union , itself ?

As to the postseason , the reigning NBA champions the Miami Heat (3-0) are proving to be now as decisive as they have been at any point during their regular season schedule . LeBron James leads the team in scoring during the playoffs , as he seeks to add a third NBA title to his already impressive resume’ . Erik Spoelstra may well be relishing the fact that as the Heat strolls through the first three games of their first round series against the Charlotte Bobcats (0-3) , the Indiana Pacers (2-2) as the number one seeds in the Eastern Conference now find themselves in the midst of a dogfight against the Atlanta Hawks (2-2) in their quarter-final series , now tied at two games apiece (2-2), with game five scheduled for Monday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana , Indianapolis. Frank Vogel’s Pacers can ill-afford to lose game five and then place themselves in an almost irretrievable position, in having to win the final two games of the best of seven series . Considering, the seismic waves a first round series’ loss would create for the Indiana Pacers, can certainly be judged by the fact, that it would create an easier path for the Miami Heat, as they seek to make their way to a third consecutive NBA Finals.

In the run-up to the end of the regular season, the Chicago Bulls were very much one of the most impressive teams over the final ten games of the season. It seemed hardly likely that with the season long loss of Derrick Rose and the franchise’s decision to trade Luol Deng , that one would have guessed that the team would indeed make the NBA Playoffs as the fourth seed within the Eastern Conference . A first round series’ match-up, against the John Wall led Washington Wizards (3-1) , was if anything, expected to be a very competitive series. Instead, it has become an ongoing nightmare for Tom Thibodeau , his coaching staff and the Bulls’ players have squandered just about every advantage and opportunity , one might have thought that they might have had , in now finding themselves on the brink of elimination , now down three games to one (3-1) against the Wizards. Coming into the series , I felt that with the momentum gained by the team over their final twenty regular season games , I thought them to be perhaps, the most dangerous of the outside contenders, who might hinder the path of both the Indiana Pacers Miami Heat , and their presumed conference finals’ match-up !

Tuesday’s game , given the contest’s value , will very much be one of zeal and guise on the part of the Bulls , because , Washington Wizards’ head coach Randy Wittman, his coaching staff and players , will be seeking to close out a series , that few might have expected them to be victorious in . Turnovers and a complete lack of leadership, has simply been the tale of the Bulls’ woes throughout this series and that does come as a surprise , when one considers the level of play shown by Joakim Noah during the regular season and his winning of the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year , this past season .

A scrappy series, between the Toronto Raptors (2-2) and Brooklyn Nets (2-2) ha pretty much summed up what this season has simply been about within the Eastern Conference wherein , the level of the play has simply bordered on being insipid and downright puerile . , though the continued idiocy to sell the league and specifically the Eastern Conference as being competitive. Nothing could be further from the truth , and the very fact that we now have Adam Silver consulting with USAB Chairman Jerry Colangelo , on his thoughts, about how best to improve the branding and play within the NBA, points to the very fact that Silver, is simply out of his depth ,. as David Stern’s successor !

Now, far be it, for me to suggest, that Silver, is likely to be as successful, as the image conscious egotistical former NBA Commissioner , who many , try to espouse as being the consummate businessman. David Stern, rode on the coattails of Michael Jordan , and during the mid to late nineties used African-American teens , the genre of ” gangster rap ” and the appeal of gun violence to sell the NBA as a brand , but dumb ass idiot fans are all too ready and willing to overlook that very fact , and once again show why there is no fucking common sense among the North American sports’ fan in general , never-mind the fact, that , this was the very same commissioner , who tried to suggest that the NBA being bailed out to the tune of $550 million in 2009 and their teams having been loaned $2.5 billion over the past decade , decade , should not be viewed as a bailout, with ticket prices having increased on average in excess of 23% during years between 2009 and 2012 , all of this in the midst of an economic downturn , which has shown no real sign of dissipating.

David Stern, simply tried to suggest, that this was the cost of doing business, while his salary increased , while the league sought to hold down their expenses , when in fact team payrolls climbed , as did television revenues and that of the league’s revenues. The commissioner’s salary upon his exit , exceeded $25 million a year , on par , if not above the highest paid player in the NBA , where the largest NBA contract belongs to the Nets’ Joe Johnson , whose six-year $123.66 million contract , is as ridiculous as it sounds , but yet not one fan, can explain succinctly, what the former commissioner has achieved, in reining in the cost of teams’ expenditure , when in fact David Stern simply cannot point to one evidential, piece of success of that nature ! A ” soft salary cap” , still has not stopped teams , of seeking to be financially expedient and for the majority of fans without a degree in finance , much less economics , theirs’ continues to be the idiocy of letting the teams spend whatever , while they chase after that ever elusive success .

Current NBA Coach of the Year , Gregg Popovich , a four-time winning NBA Finals’ coach, has seen the San Antonio Spurs (1-2) squander their home-court advantage and now quite possibly a series’ lead during their instate postseason conference match-up against the Dallas Mavericks (2-1) . The conference and NBA leading sixty –two wins’ season (62-20) , might all be for nothing, should they lose their first round playoff series’ contest against the Mavericks . Over the course of the regular season , San Antonio proved to the best team in the league , as well as having the longest unbeaten winning streak during the year . Now down 2-1 in the series against Rick Carlisle’s players led by ageless wonder , Dirk Nowitzki, this contest has been busted wide open , with the likely series’ winner, being the team showing , that they can deal with whatever adversity is thrown within their midst . In two successive losses , the Spurs have shown themselves , not to be that team , as the Mavericks have simply outplayed their Western Conference rivals. Monday night’s game , when the series resumes at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas , Texas , should tell us a great deal about the mindset of both teams , with the San Antonio Spurs, seeking to erase that 2-1 deficit and squaring the series, at two games apiece (2-2).

If the San Antonio Spurs are now seen in an unenviable position against the Dallas Mavericks , then the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies could prove to be as equally daunting a task for the Thunder. Truth be known , in a seven game series , I would not bet against the Grizzlies to beat any of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference , and yes that does include the less than imposing Miami Heat , who are physically and mentally soft against teams, b that are far more imposing . Were it not for the dexterity shown by LeBron James , the Heat would be no better than the third or fourth best team in the East and no better than the fifth best team in the West. All that glitters is not necessarily gold and the Miami Heat as assembled by Pat Riley this season , have proven to be at best , perhaps , “fool’s gold” with a little bit of pixie dust sprinkled in for good measure ! Likely , League MVP for this season , Kevin Durant has shown every bit of his skill-set in this playoff series against the Zach Randolph led Grizzlies and that particular match-up between Randolph and Durant has been very enticing to watch, as both players have excelled in various areas of their respective games .

When the two teams, resume their series in a pivotal game five , set for Tuesday night , with everything to play for . There is no doubt in my mind, that the winner of that contest should be in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the series ! A great deal is expected of the Scott Brooks’ coached Thunder and failure at this point of the postseason , would be seen, as not only traumatic for the organization , but pretty much summing up their season, as one of , failing to meet expectations of the front office led by Sam Presti and CEO & Chairman Clay Bennett .

Inasmuch as I hate to say this , but with these recent revelations about Donald Sterling, long known to me , having studied in-depth, a great deal about the owner and his ownership of the franchise , his treatment of current and former employees , including the lawsuit taken out against Sterling, by former front office executive Elgin Baylor . Nothing, would now give me greater pleasure, than to see the Los Angeles Clippers now bow out of the postseason, with the team being derailed by the Golden State Warriors ! As to the NBA hierarchy, taking action against the owner , there is about as much chance of that happening as an elephant devouring its own fecal matter ! Fuck it, if a self-absorbed asshole such as David Stern can overlook the boorish behavior of the Clippers’ owner , then why should I expect Adam Silver to be any different ? I mean , the current commissioner, has yet to issue a public statement on the matter , even after weekend news’ cycle within the league , was simply overshadowed by this story , but yet fans believe that the NBA is a league ran by intelligent individuals ? Fuck no , and it never has been , nor will it ever be , even with the mindless morons who still continue to drink out of the porcelain pot , that David Stern continues to piss and defecate, in ! Please seek out tangible evidence and do not buy into every piece of bullshit, ushered down by a league that is now simply devoid of intelligence, at just about every level from the league hierarchy on down to the owners , general managers , players, union and the officials themselves !

The NBA has become an all-out defective league , where sheer incompetency , masks the lack of real acumen , and where excuses are sought by the players , owners and the league’s executives , for their ongoing incompetency and where dumb ass fans , continue to buy into their never-ending bullshit !

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In light of this ongoing story within the NBA, which has now cast a giant shadow over the NBA postseason and the lack of action by the league hierarchy . Do you believe that Adam Silver can in all good conscience ignore these allegations and turn a blind eye to it all or do you believe that some form of action is called from the NBA Commissioner ? Also, which of the playoff series now in session , do you think will provide the biggest surprise in terms of a possible upset ? Simply, leave a comment as you see fit and thanks as always for your continued support of this site, as it is greatly appreciated !

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(1) In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling , right, and girlfriend V. Stiviano , left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to Stiviano. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ’s website. Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive” . AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill ……. @copyrighted material all rights reserved

(2) From left to right from the Los Angeles Clippers , Blake Griffin , Chris Paul and head coach Doc Rivers . Paul as Executive Director of the NBPA (Players Union) has yet to issue a public statement concerning the alleged racial epithets used by team owner Donal Sterling in an expletive racial taunt to his girlfriend V Stiviano. The Clippers’ front office , has yet to issue a statement from any high-ranking executive within the organization . Given the lack of action by the league hierarchy , who it is now said that they are conducting their own investigation into the matter , One has to ask , if this has been a pattern of behavior with Donald Sterling , going back several years , why is it only now , that Adam Silver’s office has sought to take action ? Repeatedly, during David Stern’s tenure as commissioner , Sterling’s behavior was known to be boorish with various comments attributed to him, often denigrating women and minorities . Yet, somehow this was all overlooked by Silver’s predecessor . AP Photo / Jason Moore ….

(3) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver , foreground , and his predecessor David Stern are seen here after the newly installed commissioner succeeded Stern and his thee decade long tenure as the league’s highest ranking executive during that time-frame. Silver , is now said to be conducting an investigation into the actions of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling . A pattern of behavior by the franchise owner has been repeatedly ignored by the former league executive , but yet Stern , himself , has yet to answer those allegations , but somehow , anal retentive fans view the former commissioner as having been a great executive and ambassador for the league. LOL,LOL,LOL !! Getty Images / Rod Harper …..

(4) Charlotte Bobcats’ owner , Michael Jordan is seen here congratulating LeBron James of the Miami Heat . James and his teammates would go on to .defeat (109-98) the Bobcats in game four played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte , North Carolina , sweeping their Eastern Conference rivals 4-0 in their first round series’ match-up . Getty Images / Tim Bevan …

(5) The Washington Wizards’ back-court of Bradley Beal (3) and John Wall (2) now have the team on the brink of eliminating the Chicago Bulls (1-3) , with the Wizards taking a 3-1 lead in their series . Game five takes place tonight at the United Center in Chicago , Illinois , when the Bulls play host to their conference rivals . AP Photo / Tom Murphy …..

(6) Boris Diaw (33) of the San Antonio Spurs, who alongside teammate Manu Ginobli , played a major contributory role , in the Spurs squaring their series against the Dallas Mavericks , defeating the hosts 93-89 in their game four contest played at the American Airlines Arena , in Dallas, Texas on Monday night , 28th April, 2014. Getty Images/ Rachel Adams …….

(7) Kevin Durant (35) of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Zach Randolph (50) of the Memphis Grizzlies are the primary reasons why their respective teams have made the NBA Playoffs and the series’ contest between these uniquely gifted players has been one of the highlights of the postseason so far . Tied at two games (2-2) apiece, this series is now about to get even more suspenseful , when their pivotal game five takes place tonight at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City , Oklahoma , in front of what is sure to be packed venue for this contest . AP Photo / Mason Foster …..

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What the major newspapers are now saying about the Los Angeles Clippers and Donald Sterling . Click on the links shown below to view. And for the uninitiated lame @ss fans who still believe David Stern to have been of true benefit to the league then please explain succinctly did he seek to overlook the earlier bad acts of the Clippers’ owner ? Or will you continue to be and act as apathetic as former NBA Commissioner and his now newly elected successor Adam Silver ? If there has been a pattern of behavior with the Clippers’ owner , why the fu$k is everyone now acting so surprised by this latest revelation ? Are these NBA fans and journalists alike, that f##king stupid ?

USA Today :: Jeff Ziglittt :: How will NBA’s Adam Silver punish Donald Sterling?

Boston Globe :: Bob Ryan :: Donald Sterling profile not a pretty picture

Los Angles Times :: Bill Dwyre :: Donald Sterling scandal merits an over the top reaction

Washington Post :: Mark Berman :: Why the world finally noticed Donald Sterling’s appalling history

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38 thoughts on “Nigger in the woodpile ? Donald Sterling doesn’t even have a plantation but he probably wished, he had one ……..

  1. So NBA Commissioner Adam Silver , will now be out to prove that he is his own man ? I expect him to make the announcement to tell the fans and public alike that he’s still staring into the bucket full of $hit , known , as the NBA , trying to figure how out how things have become so fu$cked up along with a mediocre product , dumb owners , league executives , lame as ass union representatives , a lame as$ed predecessor and fu#king anal retentive fans , who actually believed that David Stern has truly been of benefit to the NBA !


    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver , (above) could spend time looking into a bucket full of #hit and still would not be able to come up with an appropriate way to punish Donald Sterling with a degree of certainty . Silver has already shown himself to be a complete @ss , in meeting with Jerry Colangelo to discuss how best to improve the NBA . If the newly installed executive could not figure out how bad his brand just happens to be , then what does that tell you about his lack of intelligence and as well as perceived business acumen ?

    Stern turned a blind eye to Donald Sterling’s earlier bad acts , but not one individual within this environment, has the intelligence to question that , until brought out here within this domain !

    Now we have the same ass on air analysts and members of the print and television media now analyzing and trying to second guess what type of punishment will be meted out against an ignorant racial bigot such as Donald Sterling . After prior bad acts , how fu$king dumb does one have to be to think that this was the first time that the Clippers’ owner has acted in such a way ? God knows , sports’ fans in this country , remain as frigging clueless as their federally elected officials on a wide variety of topics in and outside of the general area of sports !

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    The following month , Sterling thought it appropriate to show DW Griffith’s , Birth of A Nation , as he felt that it portrayed the African-American experience , as it should be and not as how he believes historians have glossed it over .

    “My ni#gers are on a winning streak this season and if they know what’s good for them they had better win the title ” ! Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling , far right.

    ” I truly never had any idea that Donald Sterling was such a racial bigot , in spite of the legal action and mounting evidence over the years , that was in our presence ” ! David Stern , former NBA Commissioner .

    And where are those dumb a#s fans now , who were in support of an @ss wipe a such as David Stern ? You’re all a bunch of naive as#sholes !

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  2. Great game four win by the Spurs in taking down the Mavericks , at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas , Texas . Boris Diaw and Manu Ginobli were exceptional in the victory and Wednesday’s pivotal game give should be really interesting .

    The series sets up for a great final crescendo by way of the remaining three games of the best of seven series .

    The match-up between Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki has not been as thrilling a contest , as I thought it might be !

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  3. So Adam Silver actually , put on his big boy pants and at the behest of the other team owners banned Donald Sterling for life .

    Unfortunately, does not indicate whether or not he will be forced to relinquish complete control of the franchise he has owned for over two decades. At the same time , this action by the current commissioner , what does it indicate about his predecessor David Stern , who steadfastly over the years , refused to take any action against the now disgraced Clippers’ owner ? Prior bad acts and it appears that Stern, decided that no action was warranted , especially in light of the lawsuit that found Donald Sterling guilty of not only being a slum landlord but also a racial bigot who also defrauded his tenants as well as the federal government . F#ck David Stern and the horse he rode in on ,

    along with the idiots who believed that the former commissioner had the NBA’s best interests and that of the game at heart .

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  4. Adam Silver did more for the league in a half hour than Stern in his complete tenure. But quoting Keith Jackson, “Whoah Nellie”. This 80 year old old school bigot has plenty of ammo left in the tank. He ain’t going away with an impromtu edict. Prepare for much legal battles.

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    1. Ronbets

      I totally agree ! The league hierarchy (NBA) cannot actually force him to sell the franchise unless they’re prepared to make him an overly generous offer for the Los Angeles Clippers , which by today’s estimates they would have to pay in excess of $750 million . With that in mind and even though some prominent corporate sponsors , have withdrawn their financial endorsement of the franchise , It begs the question, what is now the next step for Adam Silver and the league hierarchy ? It has been dumb a#sholes who have been trying to suggest that David Stern has done a great deal for this league when the only thing that pompous mother-#ucker has done , has been to ride continually on the coat-tails of Michael Jordan , while, pulling down millions of dollars in salary , annually , over the past two decades . Only a frigging idiot , could totally overlook the fact that the former commissioner has been erroneous , in not having actually taken action a against Donald Sterling for his well chronicled prior bad acts . Hence the reason, I continue to state that this country is filled with apathetic morons, who call themselves sports’ fans .

      Simply look at the depth of the legal action against Sterling that came out of the lawsuit with the Justice Department and HUD . If David Stern can ignore that , then it shows him to be a fuc$ing idiot and a complete fool ! Yet, there are some who still believe that former league executive to have been of benefit to the NBA .

      Adam Silver cannot actually force Sterling to sell the team even with a vote from the Board of Governors , as the Clippers owner’s actions as a racial bigot were not unlawful . For once the NBA hierarchy actually shows that it has some balls after-all, which is great deal more than that image-conscious asshole David Stern has ever shown over his entire NBA career !

      As for the articles now being written , especially within USA Today , nowhere else can you find so much apologetic hypocritical bullshit ! Donald Sterling’s actions as a slum landlord has been well chronicled at the national level , but yet the city of Los Angeles was less than forthright in taking action against the owner along with the NBA , itself , but nowhere in the print media can you find them actually criticizing either Stern or the city for their downright lack of action .

      Donald Sterling makes the antics of former Cincinnati Reds’ owner , Marge Schott seem so sedate and pedantic . Race relations in this country has not improved one frigging iota in the US , country over the past four decades and the actions of Sterling and David Stern are proof of that very fact !

      ” Pete , how do you think my nappy haired little nig#ers , are doing this season” ? Former Reds’ owner Marge Schott and Pete Rose

      ” I’ll make this place a ni$ger free zone when I’m finished , but first, I’ve got to see how my nig#ger players are doing “. .

      What do Marge Schott and Donald Sterling both have in common ? Well , other than being avowed racial bigot, s they simply did not care who their actions reflected on , never mind the initial lack of action that was forthcoming from Bud Selig and even David Stern concerning the actions of both of these sports’ franchise owners .

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      Look , Mr Chappelle I applaud you ! Meet the Nigg@rs . yt ry

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      1. Tophat,
        I would be offended if a white authored that and presented it to me as a black guy…..which I’m not. Let’s lighten up and get back to baseball for a second. Robinson Cano back in the Bronx and being booed.

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        1. Ronbets

          You know what I find deeply offensive ? It is the mistreatment of veterans in this country , who having served this nation honorably, are then cast aside even by the government (VA) . Then and then , when, there’s said to be jingoism and alleged patriotism , the flag waving hypocrites come out to show what they believe themselves to be made of . None more so , than these condescending politicians !

          Since I have been living here in the US , work colleagues and I have counseled and volunteered our time freely , in assisting (US) veterans to obtain benefits wrongly denied them at the state and federal level . And having served for a decade in the British military (Royal Marine) seeing active service (specifically Eritrea , Ethiopia & Ireland) in various parts of the globe .

          The Mariners’ acquisition has yet to pay off and it is not as if Robinson Cano has been setting the world on fire since his debut for the team .

          The Mariners will be playing catch-up to the A’s within the AL West as the Oakland based franchise has been by far the best team in the division over the past two years .

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          1. Tophat,
            I respect the fact that you served your country honorably during a less than peace time era. Likewise myself during the Viet Nam War. What pisses me off into an almost rage is the lack of acknowledgement my generation received upon our discharge. I was met with disdain in various places. It wasn’t fun being in military garb among some of the ppl. AH, along comes Al-Qaeda 30 years later and razes a couple of our buildings along with mass murder. These same fukn pussies are now embracing our military. You know “Support Our Troops” BS etc. You MF’ers fled to Canada when the going got tough during Nam. No problem though, Jimmy Carter will eventually give your coward ass amnesty.
            Your VA help is appreciated. They are currently my Health Insurance Provider along with a co-pay that goes with it.

            BTW, isn’t our current Boston Marathon winner a Eritrean-American?

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            1. Ronbets

              Less peace time wasn’t the case , when I served in Ireland , during the latter half of the nineties , while the IRA were still in the midst of their atrocities . Saw two comrades lose their lives to combat sniper fire and another to an explosive device, that tore apart one vehicle . In the North Africa sortie , while training Ethiopian troops , we came under fire from what was then the fledgling upstarts of a terrorist group that now has firm ties to Al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah , with the latter being based in Indonesia , but they have gained a standing in both Eritrea , Ethiopia and Somalia as a stomping ground and hotbed for young fundamentalist recruits .

              All of this talk by idiots such as Clinton and Obama who have avoided serving their countries while having become Commander-in-Chief , has me troubled . My issue , has always been , while I don’t believe it doesn’t hurt to serve , I personally do not want to listen to any damn politician , who has no sense of duty , much less has no idea about valor , much less a sense of duty , in trying to suggest how the military ought conduct their military actions !

              Barack Obama taking credit for Bin Laden’s slaying is akin to suggest , that it was his plan all along that led to the Al Qaeda leader’s death . Bill Clinton , for his part was simply a chicken-livered #hit, who sought avoid active duty, altogether .

              I commend on your service and everything that you have since achieved publicly and in your private life !


              Meb Keflezighi (above)
              is an Eritrean born , naturalized American citizen , Olympic medalist , world class distance and marathon runner . After his win (Boston Marathon) , his first act was to greet the victims’ families , who lost loved ones in last year’s atrocity at the Boston Marathon . Now we have to witness, the farce of a trial and the lone defendant , Dzokhar Tsarnaev (pictured below) in that case ,

              Dzokhar Tsarnaev

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    1. Ronbets

      I wasn’t surprised at all at it was the only action that could be taken by the NBA ! It is , as you have so rightfully stated , this episode is far from over , as Sterling could seek to fight any suspension within the legal system as his actions, though abhorrent , were totally inappropriate , but not against the law .

      This situation however could have been avoided long ago , when it was first noted , in terms of the behavioral nature of Donald Sterling , which David Stern repeatedly ignored , but yet his fu#king dumb @ss , was too busy fining Mark Cuban for being overly critical of the league and its game officials . Furthermore, proving , how out of fu#king touch, David Stern was said to be ! His autocratic rule , while , only ever seeking to make money for the NBA , not one damn act , has truly been of benefit , wherein the quality of the play has actually improved over the past decade .

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  5. Tophat,
    Where was the outrage when Marge Schott defended some of Htiler’s moves? Petty suspensions. This women was sicker than Sterling. She had an ‘excuse’. Marge was a bonfide alcoholic.

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    1. Ronbets


      We have to thank
      Bud Selig for aiding and abetting Marge Schott’s antics , which were well chronicled and known to the league hierarchy (MLB) , as were Donald Sterling’s . Let’s be real for once , Bud Selig and David Stern have been about as much use to their respective sports as a used tampon would be to a menstruating female . And there are lame ass idiots , continually jumping to the defense of the former commissioner , as if he has really been of benefit to the NBA . This being the very same a#s , who during the mid to late nineties , used the genre of gangsta rap to sell the brand of the NBA to African American youths, while on the streets of Los Angeles the Cripps and Bloods waged war against each other with gang violence . Nice one Stern , yet fans try to absolve him of that type malignant stupidity ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!

      Two more years of Bud Selig , helming the the MLB hierarchy and the game of baseball still remains a frigging mess , yet fans are trying espouse the use instant replay ? They seem to forget that the use of PED’s is still virulent within the game at the MILB (Minor :League) level as well as in the Major League and that in each of the past five seasons at a minimum there have been at least a dozen players have been caught and having to serve some sort of suspension . The league’s testing protocols remains a farce , as too , are the lack of real testing within the NBA ,which has never been truly acknowledged by either Stern , his successor , Adam Siver or the union hierarchy led by Chris Paul of the Clippers .

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    2. Al Clements

      Donald Sterling a multi-billionaire with an estimated wealth exceeding $ 2 billion has been exploiting his tenants and the NBA ever since he purchased the Los Angeles Clippers for a mere $12 million in 1981 . Since then, the franchise’s value has exploded and where they are now worth in excess of $ 550 million.

      Granted , with this ongoing outrage and the fact that highly prominent corporate sponsors have withdrawn their endorsement of the Clippers , there is likely to be a drastic drop in the team’s value. While the league hierarchy , can vote , in seeking to force Sterling’s sale of the basketball franchise , it is likely to lead to lengthy and litigious issue within the courts unless Adam Silver and the league seek to buy out the owner expeditiously, offering him near market-value for the purchase of the team .

      At present , is rumored that music mogul David Geffen and Los Angeles real estate tycoon Rick Caruso are interested in pursuing the purchase of the NBA franchise .

      In the midst of this all, not one journalist has questioned the fact that David Stern as the former NBA commissioner , during his thirty years in the position chose not to reprimand Donald Sterling for his egregious actions , other than some small monetary fines for what he deemed to be minor indiscretions concerning NBA rules . During that time, it was well chronicled concerning the owner’s racially intolerant behavior , beyond the legal action brought against him by the US Justice Department and the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) , his being a slum landlord within the city of Los Angeles and his gross mistreatment of tenants who were primarily , African-American , Asian-Americans and Latinos in ethnicity .

      As my e-mail to you indicated , Sterling is not the only owner out there with that type of racial insensitivity . At present , Donald Sterling has been the only one with his pants down around his ankles , while he’s holding his #ick in his hands . At the same time , there are those who suggest that it his right to have such views , guaranteed him under the Constitution . Never mind that , but my question remains why did David Stern seek not to punish Donald Sterling for his boorish behavior during his three-decade long tenure as NBA commissioner , when the owner’s behavior was well chronicled by the print and television media ?

      In a mere five minutes , Adam Silver as the new commissioner , made his predecessor , look like the self-absorbed and conceited asshole he was known to be , while dumb ass morons sought to defend Stern as being a great commissioner and includes the likes of Magic Johnson , Charles Barkley and Jerry West . The NBA is ran by a bunch of damn hypocrites , who knew of Donald Sterling’s behavior ,. chose not to do anything about it , until he was exposed . Even the Orlando Magic chairman Dan DeVos now comes across looking like an @sshole with his recent sentiment concerning the league's unity . This being the same league (NBA) that never shunned Sterling during behavior or called him out on that either . Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban is also showing himself to being as big a fu##ing hypocrite !

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  6. Donald Sterling’s estranged wife is said to be seeking restitution of the couple’s property as her husband is said to have given his girlfriend V Stiviano a downtown Los Angeles apartment worth $1.5 million , Mercedes Benz SLK , a Ferrari , jewelry worth over $500,000 and an allowance of $100,000 a month . Under the law of matrimony within the state of California , with their being communal property , should Rochelle Stein-Sterling seek to challenge her husband’s gifts to his paramour it could end up being costly for the property tycoon magnate .

    Whoa ! WTF is up with Stertling’s wife ? Has this heifer never heard of cosmetic surgery ? No wonder Donald Sterling dumped her , for V Stiviano (see below) .

    V Stiviano (allegedly a model) . Sterling has been pulling up to , waxing and polishing her bumpers .

    I’m sure that Donald has been allowed to “dunk” in her pool .

    It seems nothin’ in LA, is off-limits to this “skank” even the Dodgers’ , Matt Kemp .

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  7. At least Silver did something. Comments made that are not supposed to be “public” indicate how one really feels/thinks. By the same token I get annoyed with those who eavesdrop on private conversations/actions then broadcast them. IE the Paul Simon/Wife thing in Conn.
    Sterling is a rich ass….making more by being “owner” of the Clippers…but really is just another rich ass. Won’t be easy to remove him from ownership.

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      Donald Sterling a multi-billionaire with an estimated wealth exceeding $ 2 billion has been exploiting his tenants and the NBA ever since he purchased the Los Angeles Clippers for a mere $12 million in 1981 . Since then, the franchise’s value has exploded and where they are now worth in excess of $ 550 million.

      Granted , with this ongoing outrage and the fact that highly prominent corporate sponsors have withdrawn their endorsement of the Clippers , there is likely to be a drastic drop in the team’s value. While the league hierarchy , can vote , in seeking to force Sterling’s sale of the basketball franchise , it is likely to lead to lengthy and litigious issue within the courts unless Adam Silver and the league seek to buy out the owner expeditiously, offering him near market-value for the purchase of the team .

      At present , is rumored that music mogul David Geffen and Los Angeles real estate tycoon Rick Caruso are interested in pursuing the purchase of the NBA franchise . In the midst of this all, not one journalist has questioned the fact that David Stern as the former NBA commissioner , during his thirty years in the position chose not to reprimand Donald Sterling for his egregious actions , other than some small monetary fines for what he deemed to be minor indiscretions concerning NBA rules . During that time, it was well chronicled concerning the owner’s racially intolerant behavior , beyond the legal action brought against him by the US Justice Department and the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) , his being a slum landlord within the city of Los Angeles and his gross mistreatment of tenants who were primarily , African-American , Asian-Americans and Latinos in ethnicity .

      As my e-mail to you indicated , Sterling is not the only owner out there with that type of racial insensitivity . At present , Donald Sterling has been the only one with his pants down around his ankles , while he’s holding his #ick in his hands . At the same time , there are those who suggest that it his right to have such views , guaranteed him under the Constitution . Never mind that , but my question remains why did David Stern seek not to punish Donald Sterling for his boorish behavior during his three-decade long tenure as NBA commissioner , when the owner’s behavior was well chronicled by the print and television media ? In a mere five minutes , Adam Silver as the new commissioner , made his predecessor , look like the self-absorbed and conceited asshole he was known to be , while dumb ass morons sought to defend Stern as being a great commissioner and includes the likes of Magic Johnson , Charles Barkley and Jerry West . The NBA is ran by a bunch of damn hypocrites , who knew of Donald Sterling’s behavior ,. chose not to do anything about it , until he was exposed . Even the Orlando Magic chairman Dan DeVos now comes across looking like an @sshole with his recent sentiment concerning the league's unity . This being the same league (NBA) that never shunned Sterling during behavior or called him out on that either . Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban is also showing himself to being as big a fu##ing hypocrite !

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  8. The Bulls bow out of the postseason with their series’ loss to the Wizards . Now the question becomes what will GM Gar Forman and John Paxson do to make this team more competitive for next season , beyond having to also look at their long-term commitment to point guard Derrick Rose , who from a personnel standpoint , has become not only a financial liability but also one where his not being on-court has hurt the Bulls competitively over the last two postseasons . This year and last season have been completely disastrous for a team that each season respectively in 2012 and and 2013 were highly favored to make deep playoffs runs , with quite possibly an NBA title run within their grasp under head coach Tom Thibodeau . Instead , the future does seem somewhat uncertain for the franchise , from a personnel and hierarchy structure standpoint .

    Forman and John Paxson will have to do something extraordinary during the off-season beyond the NBA Draft and by that I mean , making a “serious play” to acquire Carmelo Anthony , who will be the most highly visible free agent . on the market . The Bulls have the cap space to offer the forward a major multi-year multi-million dollar contract .

    2014 NBA Playoffs’ bracket

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  9. Tophat,

    Let me get your blood boiling. My neighbor down the street. You know the guy with the extra zeroes on his home value in the area. Yeah, “Money” Mayweather wants to make a serious pitch to acquire the soon to be available LA Clippers. He wants a big % of the team. LOL. Do you really think Adam Silver and the rest of the owners will ratify his buy in? NFC

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      I don’t know that “Money Mayweather ” has that sort of “bank” , even with career earnings exceeding $ 300 million . At best , he can’t be worth more than $200 million and his finding the partners join him in a bid , might prove tough, unless he joins a consortium of real “high rollers ” . However , I do love the idiocy of the press, with their speculation that Magic Johnson and Mark Walter as co-owners of the Dodgers would make a bid to buy the now beleaguered franchise .

      Johnson and Mark Walter (lead partner of Guggenheim Partners Inc [ venture capital company company’s assets exceed $125 billion ]

      Imagine how diehard Los Angeles Lakers’ fans would feel if that were to happen ?

      Johnson and Walter, who is a lead managing partner with venture capital firm Guggenheim Partners Inc are now said to be concentrated on two major deals , one is the purchase of billionaire , Philip Anschutz’s company AEG Worldwide , who also own the Nokia Theater , Staples Arena , LA Galaxy ( MLS Soccer team ) large chunks of downtown Los Angeles commercial real estate property , as well as the venues globally bearing the O2 name .

      Anschutz , also still happens to be a minority stake owner in the Lakers as well , as he and the late Jerry Buss were partners in the deal that saw Buss purchase the franchise.

      Magic Johnson and Mark Walter have made it known that it is also their intent to now bring an NFL franchise to the Los Angeles area. Are fans really interested in seeing a team in LA , given the fact that the state is on the brink of bankruptcy and the city officials show about as much final restraint as a sailor on leave , looking to spend money , to get a quick “piece of @ss ” .

      Floyd Maweather and his opponent this Saturday , Marcus Rene’ Maidana

      Mayweather should place all of his concentration into this weekend’s bout with Marcus Maidana , as he makes his relentless pursuit to stay unbeaten and to reach a career mark of 50-0 .

      As to the continued hypocrisy of the NBA , owners , Mark Cuban and Dan DeVos have commended Adam Silver on his stance . Yet, DeVos , whose father , Rich DeVos , who owns the Orlando Magic , with the elder DeVos being an avowed homo-phobe, who has described homosexuals , as individuals , who ought to be shot on sight , because of their sexual predilections. How is it that both Stern and Silver can overlook DeVos’ behavior, but have severely reprimanded Cuban and players over the years , for being critical of the league and the officials ?

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    2. Ronbets

      Adam Silver knows it could be really tough for the NBA in their forcing him , Donald Sterling to sell the team , even with the league’s articles , because , Sterling , has not committed a crime with his actions , no matter how abhorrent those actions , just happen to be.

      David Stern and Silver in their joint tenures , have managed to overlook the idiotic rants of Rich DeVos and his homophobic slurs and it is left to the uninformed like Chris (Sportschump) . who have repeatedly come out in support of an @sshole like David Stern , suggesting that he’s been good for the NBA . David Stern rode in on the coattails of Michael Jordan , anyone who can’t see that , is an @ss and knows ##ck all about business . All , the ex commissioner was able to do , was to attach himself to the meteoric rise of the NBA great , while repeatedly making a number of major mistakes in terms of his marketing the brand of the NBA, specifically during the nineties using the African-American community , youths and the image of gangsta’ rap to sell the brand to that demographic , Even that issue Chris is not willing to acknowledge . At the time of that idiotic sales’ gimmick , war was still being waged on the streets of LA between the rival gangs , Cripps and Bloods , as well as in other parts of the country . Yet it simply didn’t occur to an @sshole such as David Stern what this actually meant in terms of his actions ? Great , perpetuate an imagery of a sport through associating it with an ethnicity , a genre of music that at the type engulfed itself with the imagery of violence , thinking nothing was wrong with that imagery .

      “Guns don’t kill people , it’s those ni#gers out there , who are killing each other ” !

      David Stern

      Only a dumb @ss old white guy (Stern) and the idiots on Madison Ave who have no idea about counter culture to come up with that bull#hit !

      The elder DeVos (above – Rich DeVos) , is the billionaire co-founder of direct sales’ company , Amway .

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    3. Ronbets

      Glad to see that the law enforcement and the Home Office in the UK finally have seen fit to arrest Gerry Adams , alleged leader of the political wing of the IRA (Sinn Fein) . There was evidence to suggest that Adams ordered the execution of a thirty eight year old female, who the IRA claimed was an informant for the RUC ( Royal Ulster Constabulary) . She was shot (executed) on the street, in front of several kids, as they were leaving school at the end of a formal school day ,

      Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein

      Adams has always disavowed that he had any involvement in that particular slaying , but his name had been linked to several more during the eighties .

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  10. I think Byron Scott is the favorite with SVG a distant 2nd. I wouldn’t take that job if I was an unemployed coach. It’s gonna stay ugly for quite a few years……unless Kobe and Nash can head your way and find Ponce De Leon.

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      I’m not so sure that Byron Scott wants that gig unless Jeannie Buss promises to turn up to the Staples Center naked at least twice a week and works out with the players ” au-naturalle ! Imagine that , that could become the norm in the NBA , a female owner working out with the players . Donald Sterling’s idea would be to have the Clippers’ players working on a tobacco plantation in the Deep South .

      And to think she gets to play with Phil’s (Jackson) balls .

      Jeanie Buss ,

      “Dwight, what do you call two guys sharing the same shower stalls and the same bar of soap ? You don’t call them anything , you just watch them go at it like two rabid dogs. That’s what I do ” ! Dwight Howard and Magic owner , Rich DeVos.

      Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos will be addressing the NBA concerning his feelings about the gay and lesbian community . But first , he has to return his toys to the fetish shop .

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  11. Wow, that’s Jeanie Buss? She’s gotta get on top ’cause Jax can hardly move. The old man musta recommended some good photographers before he passed. No many 52 year old chicks are gonna look that edible. BTW, from her to little brother, “I’m the fuken boss of the Lakers.”

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      The fact that Mike D’Antoni resigned tells you how untenable that situation had become . Jim Buss remains clueless and Mitch Kupchak couldn’t spot talent at this stage if his future depended on it.

      Look at the Los Angeles Lakers’ draft choices over the past five years and then some of their trades that have not panned out since 2012 . The front office needs to be completely revamped from top to bottom , with Jeanie Buss currently Head of Business Operations , making the decisions with a credible general manager in charge . Ever since the franchise allowed Jerry West to depart they have been a goddamn joke . It was more of a fluke during the postseason that they ended up winning the title , considering the weakness of the East that season and their opponent in the NBA Finals that year .

      At best Kobe Bryant has no more than a year left in him and then what for the Lakers ?

      There are now said to be three interested parties looking to buy the Los Angeles Clippers . One , is said to be a joint bid by Oscar de La Hoya , Floyd Mayweather and de La Hoya’s company Golden Boy Promotions . There’s also real estate billionaire Rick Caruso , and then perhaps most interesting of that group , music mogul David Geffen , along with Larry Ellison , founder of software company Oracle and talk show host Oprah Winfrey , who is also said to be close friend and neighbor of Geffen . If the deal went down , with their getting the league approval, David Geffen , would also become the first openly gay owner in the NBA .

      Ellison missed out on buying the Golden State Warriors when the bid of $700 million by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber won out over his . Second time around he might just be lucky enough to become an owner of an NBA franchise . Guber is also part of the ownership group that bid over $2.1 billion to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers .

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  12. While I’m here and noticed “Superman” with DeVos..He played the most inspiring game I’ve seen him play in many a moons in Game 5 @ home. Where was the flagrant foul when Lopez gave him a chokehold take down? Ah, DH shook it off.

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      Dwight Howard is not the player he was, even five years ago and I certainly do not believe him to be the best center currently playing in the NBA ! He may well be being paid as if he is the best , but his all-round stats do not bear this out when adjudged against the other players playing the position in the league .

      The Rockets will have to up the ante in terms of their game if they are seeking to ” down ” the Trailblazers .

      The Houston Rockets are now in essence James Harden’s team

      and Dwight is not even Superman or Robin to Harden’s Batman exploits. At best , Howard has become this era’s Shawn Kemp . Explosive , but just couldn’t cut it when it mattered most .

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  13. So now all of a sudden because , Donald Sterling has cancer the whole world ought to empathize with his sorry mother-#uc$ing #ss ? Never mind the ongoing hypocrisy of the fans and NBA hierarchy in general who have overlooked the actions of Rich DeVos , owner of the Orlando Magic who has been repeatedly been a pass by those two oafs David Stern and his successor Adam Silver .

    In the past eight days , we have come to see how much of an @ss the former NBA Commissioner just happens to be . His self- aggrandizing behavior, is one more reason why the NBA cannot be taken seriously as he and the league have no frigging credibility whatsoever ! But for the apathy of the idiots who still seem to think Stern has been good for the league , when the only thing this @-hole has ever done has been to ride the coattails of others and taking the credit for it .

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  14. Too damn busy to pay attention to the sports reports……Doncha think that most owners consider ballplayers as employees and 2nd class citizens?? No matter how rich ballplayers become they will never be considered on the same level as the owners consider themselves…this even applies to the Rooney family

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    1. Al Clements

      Ball players or should I team athletes have not always sought to be socially conscious, as of late and most now doing so , merely create an impression of being of their own mind , when in reality it has more to do with their agents or managers advising them accordingly in terms of their image .

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