- Several owners have already spoken out against Sterling including Dan GIlbert, he of the comic sans email rant the night of Lebron's Decision to go to Miami, and Michael Jordan, who notriously never speaks up about anything.
- The President of the United States has weighed in on the issue.
- Several sponsors have already bailed on the Clippers
That has got to be one of the stupidest things I ever heard.
This is not Ali protesting Vietnam, or Jim Brown, Bill Russell and those guys making the stands that they took back in the 1950s and 1960s. This isn't a stand for people to have basic rights in society. This isn't a fight to get these players the right to play in the league, or to get paid what what players at their level are making, or to have opportunities in coaching and management when they are no longer playing. This is a protest about who should be allowed to own a team and get to pay Chris Paul over $10 million a year. That's it. To ask any of these players to take the risks that I mentioned above over that is ludicrous. Especially since this is nowhere near the worst thing Sterling has said or done. Sterling's history as a racist slumlord is documented, and nobody asked for the players to walk out on their games over that. So please, just stop it already.
This is the age of the Keyboard Revolutionary, the moron who pontificates from their iPad or iPhone or PC about what somebody else should do in response to some issue. They want whoever the President is at the time to just do stuff without any regard for Congress. They want every celebrity they pay attention to make public proclamations on every issue they deem important in a way that they approve of. Even with the normal things I blog about, comics and wrestling, there's a segment of people watching who are constantly demanding that the writers make stories that they approve of. To ask someone to walk into a bonfire for your satisfaction, when you have no means or intent of helping them when they get burned, is the height of stupidity and selfishness. It's not their responsibility to make a point the way you want them to. And for those who mention John Carlos and Tommie Smith as examples of dissent and protest.....they protested from the medal stand after participating, not from the locker room. Get your story straight, will you?