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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Johnny Socko

    Who gives a flying F? This was a PRIVATE CONVERSATION! Don’t you think we all have said things privately that wouldn’t translate to well if published? Clearly, Sterling is not a monk. However, let’s judge this man by his actions and not his words during a private conversation. After all, is the Clippers coach not black? Are most of the players black? Hasn’t he employed a black GM? So everybody up in arms about this is going way overboard. I suppose that saint Michael Jordan has never, NEVER said anything offensive during his private conversations? Give me a f’ing break.

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    The guy clearly has racial issues, but he has a black girlfriend, he hired a black head coach and all his players are black. He basically told his girlfriend that it’s OK for her to have intimate relations with blacks, just don’t be seen with them. It seems like he’s more concerned with giving the appearance of liking blacks than actually disliking them. The guys a racist, but he doesn’t come across as the cross burning type. More of the stuck in the 1950’s type.

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      I said that to someone yesterday. It seems he doesn’t want to feel that way, but at this point he is very set in his ways & possibly senile. That said, he’s definitely got racial bias. Pretty sure he said something like “Magic should be celebrated” but to not be seem with him. Crazy.

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    While I don’t agree at all with Sterling said, I must point out how flawed it is for sportswriters and commentators to talk about what the players should have done. It is easy to say the players shouldn’t have played. It’s always easy to tell someone else what they should do when the teller has no financial stake in the situation (and despite what some say, it’s always about money). If you sportswriters feel so strongly about this, why don’t you all take a few days off without pay as a national protest against Sterling? Not gonna do it, are you? Plus, there are also legal issues. Players and coaches have legal contracts to perform a service, for which they are paid (and quite handsomely at that). Simply disagreeing with (despicable) comments made by one’s employer is not legal justification to null a contract. And it’s not just the player’s contracts. TV deals, national advertising, local advertising, etc. There would be serious financial repurcussions if the players didn’t play. But the my reall issue with the suggestion the players protest by not playing is this: If the Clippers forfeited, that hurts the players more than it does Sterling. The Clippers worked hard for 82 games, made the playoffs, and are trying to win the series. Should they flush all this down the toilet because of their idiot owner? I’d would rather Doc Rivers have said, “F*ck Sterling. We’re gonna win anyway, and when we do, we’ll shove that championship trophy up his racist a*s.”

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    Albert In Tucson

    Cancel the game?

    Sure, screw the several thopusand Clipper fans planning to attend the game because their team’s owner is an idiot who needs a zipper in his face,

    Yeah, THAT makes perfect sense!


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    Sterling is from a different era. This does NOT make what he said proper or even normal, BUT he spoke those words in the privacy of his own home. Since when are we to be told what we can and cannot say within the privacy of our homes? As mentioned above, and by countless others; he is not a man I would personally befriend. I will defend his right to express his thoughts within his home though, and nobody should be able to deny that right.

    Why is his *ahem* “girlfriend” seen with Magic Johnson on her Instagram photos (which have been suspiciously deleted now) and suddenly he is the viable buyer for the team? This reeks of being a set-up from the get-go and now it is just a matter of finding who all was in on the gig.

    This is a blatant attempt to wrangle the team from him and his family and award it to the “Ultimate Cleanser in sports”. Read this from Yahoo sports… http://sports.yahoo.com/news/exit-strategy-for-nba–donald-sterling–sell-clippers-to-magic-johnson-073015142.html;_ylt=AwrBJR5bEGBTVhkANT5NbK5_

    And to think, the little trollop had posted photos with Jeff Kemp too (and who now owns the Dodgers?). Why did Magic sell his share of the Lakers in 2010? There are too many dots that have been connected for this all to be coincidental.

    The NBA and the hypocrites and panderers flailing around this story need to look more than skin deep to find the truth here. This story is NOT about racism and an old, vile NBA owner; but about propping up non-stories over real news to divert attention from what matters to what they want us to think. Give them circuses and cake, right?

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    Ivan Jurkinov

    Are they going to ban for life ,players recorded in their homes and limos ,spewing racial (Shaq), homophobic (Kobe),and faith-based comments? Or will it be the Bobby Bowden style of justice…….send a message with the scrubs and slap the stars on the wrist?


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