And so the aftermath of Donald Sterling’s rant trudges on. In the latest ray of sunshine, another fellow, equally rotten Donald, Donald Trump, seems to believe that the Clippers’ owner was set up and baited “by a very, very bad girlfriend” into making the unwitting remarks that were leaked over the weekend. Trump, being the sensationalist, attention-whore that he is just had to jump in the fray and throw his name into in another story that has/had nothing to do with him. On Monday morning, he called in to Fox News’s Fox & Friends to air his opinion.
“She was baiting him and she’s a terrible human being. The way she led him along, I mean — he should know if he were there, if he was with it, he would know after one or two of those questions that she was asking that there’s something going on here. You look at the way he’s being baited, just constantly being baited. I read part of the transcript and it was ridiculous. You sort of pick that up very quickly.
“She’s called the girlfriend from hell, but what he said was terrible and despicable and very strong action is going to be taken. There’s no question about it. She’s a terrible human being and he gave horrible answers and disgusting answers.”
Yes, he’s technically correct. Sterling probably was set up, but is that even relevant anymore? The fact of the matter is he’s been revealed to be one royal shitstain of a person and he’s finally done something egregious enough that it can’t be paid off or settled, like he’s done so many times in the past. No, this episode will not blow over until something is is done and it will be negative publicity for all in the meantime.
And clearly, the common fan is not the only one who thinks so. As of writing this, ESPN reports that State Farm, Kia Motors America, Red Bull, Lumber Liquidators, Sprint, Chumash Casino, Virgin America, Corona and Carmax have all terminated their sponsorships of the Los Angeles Clippers.
It doesn’t shock me that there are still scumbags who live with the beliefs and morals (or lack thereof) that Donald Sterling does. And feel free to toss in Paula Deen and even Cliven Bundy into this discussion. They’re all folks who felt a certain way, got caught slipping, and had their shitty private beliefs outed publicly. To some there were consequences, and to others there were unfortunately not.
It’s 2014 people. For topics as deeply rooted and emotionally charged as racism, there’s more or less a certain standard for most people as to what is and isn’t acceptable. And after hundreds of years of these types of situations occurring again and again, if your stance is even remotely up for debate to question its acceptability, you have to know by now that you’re on the losing side of the fence.
Trump did call Sterling’s comments “despicable,” and said the NBA likely had “no choice” but to expel him from the league, so at least we know he’s not totally out of his mind. Yet.
Watch the clip featuring Trump below, via Fox News.