Deion Sanders Says Racist Donald Sterling Audio Shouldn't Have Leaked, Because Privacy

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Deion Sanders, amazing football player, atrocious charter school operator, dropped by K104's "Dede in the Morning" show on Thursday to field some friendly questions and share his perspective on current events. At least we think that's what he means:

The conversation no doubt spanned a wide range of topics, but the audio clip just posted on the station's website covers just one: Donald Sterling.

Sterling was just banned for life from the NBA after audio surfaced featuring him making racist remarks to his girlfriend, and Sanders shares the prevailing view that the LA Clippers owner is a racist asshole who doesn't deserve to own an NBA franchise.

See also: Deion Sanders Demanded a Raise, Threatened to Break Prime Prep CEO's Neck

That said:

I don't agree with how [the recording] was obtained. Because with my private conversation, it's hard for you to penalize me and my private conversation, because in my private conversation -- if we really knew how our bosses felt about us, we may not want to work for them. If our bosses knew how we really felt about them, all of us may be terminated. That's your private conversations. I don't condone that...The way I feel if it's something in private it should have been private. It should not have become public.

On the one hand, of course Sanders thinks famous people's embarrassing conversations should be kept private. This is a guy who only recently was the subject of a leaked recording in which he demanded a raise and threatened to break a Prime Prep Academy administrator's neck.

On the other, this is a guy who live-tweeted his divorce and made his family the subject of a cable reality show.

See also: Deion Sanders Twitter-casts That His Wife Jumped Him

To answer your other burning Deion question, Sanders plans to buy the Clippers from Sterling, but only if he can put them layaway until 2020.

"The divorce attorneys -- they got my money."

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SidBream
SidBream

What's the name of the guy that wants to buy the club? Oh yes, that's right it's Magic Johnson, what a surprise indeed.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Please stop publishing anything by or about Deion            

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

I don't care if he likes Rod Serling or not!  Twilight Zone was great.

Greg820
Greg820

It must be a sad and lonely life for some some of these commenters. To parse every single event, statement, thought, brain fart into political and/or racial terms is just so poisonous to the body and mind. To take things so personally and to personally attack at the slightest--correction--without any provocation shows profound weakness of both mind and character, if not just outright mental illness. The occasional chuckle from some of you numb nuts is just not worth slogging through the rest of the filth.  It's hard not to get dragged down to that level and I have willingly swam in the cesspool myself, but I think I will climb out, wash myself off, and get a healthier life.  

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Big difference in TX and CA law concerning recordings.  In CA, all parties must be made aware that there is a recording being made.  In TX, only one party needs to know that a recording is being made.


As a result, releasing the recording of Sterling's remarks made in CA is a crime.  The releasing of Deion Sanders' recorded remarks made in TX is not a crime.


As far as I am concerned this is just deja vu' all over again, just like Paula Dean.  Sterling made enemies of someone and they found a way to get back at him.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I have to call into question Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's veracity when I hear him do a 180 on this issue:


"What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise." ---Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Time Magazine, Apr. 29, 2014


"Abdul-Jabbar, who worked for Sterling, said he had no idea that the LA Clippers owner was a racist."---The O'Reilly Factor interview of Kareem Apr. 30, 2014.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

"The big question is “What should be done next?” I hope Sterling loses his franchise. I hope whoever made this illegal tape is sent to prison. I hope the Clippers continue to be unconditionally supported by their fans. I hope the Clippers realize that the ramblings of an 80-year-old man jealous of his young girlfriend don’t define who they are as individual players or as a team."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word..."

John Kerry

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

Yes, yes. Sterling's privacy was violated. Let's all admit that.

Now, to move on -- what do we think of his contempt for the race of most of his players?

choderus
choderus

And it just became the Blue-Light Special of the month.

SidBream
SidBream

@Sotiredofitall  Why? Because you don't like the truth? The fact that he is a black man and what he said is entirely correct? Can I use what you say in private about other people as evidence? What sanctimonious hypocrisy.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul

correction, it is different than Paula Deen. She made comments years previous and was labeled because of past comments. IMO unfairly I might add.

Sterling made the comments recently and went to great length with them. Sterling failed to grasp the length his ex-girlfriend would go to in her mission to "make Shelly [Sterling's estranged wife] pay" for suing her.

She got even. very nasty person apparently. both of them it seems...no wonder they found each other!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  

You're in the club until you aren't - it's a money thing. If you're a reasonably wealthy businessperson / celebrity, polite society (read:media) gives you a pass on many personal foibles up to, and including soft racism like Sterling has demonstrated. After all - the guy is 80 years old. However, once the hypocrisy is called out, it can never again be buried. Sterling's cancer was benign until it was exacerbated by his greedy, ugly mistress and now that whole F'ing tumor has got to be excised

Sterling could likely have won himself a few more NAACP honors for his "tolerance" had that gold diggin' hoor not had the audacity to bring her black boyfriends to "his" basketball games.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

its similar to the "I can't be a racist, some of my best friends are...." line.

Sterling discriminated against minorities unless they were his friends or employees. If they were in his close world they weren't one of "them".

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

I've read briefly on this, and it seems he has a history of discrimination in housing or something, but got an NAACP award and was due for another. And, Clippers are loved by libs, being LA/Hollywood of course.

Now, given his history, were the NAACP and fans simply ignorant of said history, or did they overlook it because they were bought off, or loved the team?

Rumor has it that Orlando Magic owner DeVos is next up for purge, due to his anti-gay marriage stance.

As Mark a Cuban said, slippery slope.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@bmarvel  

This is a very weird case because Sterling's discrimination seems to be entirely subjective and situational. I don't think that he thinks of his players in terms of racial heritage - he only sees commodities, there. Likewise, his multi-ethnic "girlfriend" doesn't register on his "black-dar", possibly because as a woman, she is categorized first and foremost by that trait in Sterling's addled brain.

I think at the end of the day, Sterling looks at the entire rest of the world and sees everybody as a "lesser being" than himself. I think he's less a racist than he is a megalomaniac.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@bmarvel  

There are no clean hands anywhere to be found in this whole mess.

Media, NBA, Journo's, NAACP, wife, girlfriend, Sterling . . . 

dingo
dingo

@bmarvel  

What would one think of his players' private, most derogatory remarks concerning jews or gays that were mercifully **not** released to the celebrity ogler industrial complex?



mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

And, Clippers are loved by libs, being LA/Hollywood of course.

good grief, why would you attempt to make a claim that the Clipper's fans were "loved by libs"?

Clopper fans are white, black, brown, anglo and asian, young and old, male and female, liberal, conservative, left wing and right wing.

just like any other sports team in America.....

why do you attempt to put a political label and spin on everything?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @bmarvelHow in the world can discrimination be "entirely subjective and situational" -- especially if the discriminator is an extremely wealthy and powerful man with a broad range of public and private interests, one of which interests, reportedly involves an apartment complex in which he is said to have weeded out minority renters because they "smell different." Private attitudes have public consequences.


No doubt he looks out here and sees lesser beings. But some of us are apparently more lesser than others.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk "There are no clean hands.." 

An old and spurious moral argument, Hulk, that allows us to pass over any number of evils because, after all, we're all guilty aren't we? And if we're all guilty, then nobody is really guilty, are they?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

There are no clean hands anywhere to be found in this whole mess.

Mine are, I don't even watch basketball, I'd rather watch paint grow.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@dingo @bmarvel If his players have made such derogatory remarks -- and I'm not aware that they have, dingo, but if you know differently by all means enlighten us -- I  think the Jewish and gay fans if they knew of such remarks might be highly offended and might switch team loyalties or even apply pressure to have the players disciplined,as would be their right under the Constitution. 

On the other hand, they might not. The fans do not draw their paychecks from the players

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@dingo

odd that you state as a matter of fact that "his players" have "derogatory remarks concerning jews or gays".

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@dingo

Like I have said many times here, if supporters of border-jumping foreign nationals and resultant black-market labor wage disruption for Americans knew what these foreign nationals thought of and said about their supporters, they'd likely be a bit less supportive if these foreign nationals.

If only I had thought to record all the conversations I had.

TiredofHate
TiredofHate

@TheRuddSki  No, don't try that because you are attempting to pull a distraction man.  This is about YOU!  And THIS is a perfect example.  You are in such an insecure negative space that you simple refuse to see the reality of what is happening around you. It is not that someone is left or right or libtard, or retard, or some vague racist code term, it is that you lack a the skill it takes to communicate with people on line outside the hatemongering few.  You guys belong together and you should be together.   But this is an alternative paper.  And an alternative blog and you are not even an extreme right wing.  It is just that you are EXTREME and under the guise of politics you think you are allowed to bully your BS.    And when people throw it back in your face, you bwah bwah bwah about free speech.  I can't write anymore you are one huge ball of negative crap.  


Greg820 is leaving the least you could do is get off his ass.

TiredofHate
TiredofHate

@TheRuddSki  I am not sure what you get out of this and it is truly bizarre in the scheme of life.  I am not sure what your bag is or experiment but you have single handedly destroyed a really cool thing.  And it doesn't bother me at all to offend those 5 people who follow the crap you spew.  Nothing but hatred and YOU know it. Look at the new people coming on and posting for the first time and tear into them like and spew your bile just because they had another opinion about our city than you did, there in Florida. 


Your too weird and evil for me.  You just hate the world.  It must be horrible to hang in such a negative space and spend your day making hateful comments all day to people you don't know.  I can't imagine what your get out of it, but I bet you could get something better.


Did you ever post under another name?  Do you post under additional name now. 

TiredofHate
TiredofHate

@TheCredibleHulk Well you add to it in full force my man and YOU should archive yourself as you mind find what might seem to be someone else using your name.  Or maybe not. Yet I was taken by surprise by some of your changes of thoughts.   Go figure. 

TiredofHate
TiredofHate

@Greg820 Greg, Just for the record, no pun intended, I am keeping of record of these comments like your and I have so many that are various versions of the same issue. 


If you are a long termer here, got to the archives and pick any current topic being discussed currently and go back a year or 18 months and look at the difference in the tone and content of the comments.  We use to discuss issues about our town and while we didn't always agree, we exchanged to concepts, opinions, and got in a joke occasionally but now it is vile venom spewing and there is no interest in have a conversation about the topic about OUR city and now some Floridian with an extreme agenda has hijacked Unfair Park and will actually CHANGE the topic to something he wants to chat about...primarily Obamacare, Benghazi, Hillary, minorities  or immigration ..anything but Dallas 


How did this happen?  I don't think it will come back again as there are no moderators and they really can't do anything about it.  So out of curiosity, in my spare time,  I have been sort of been checking out how THIS came to be via the archive research.  \



A  lot of people are hanging around hoping something will happen in a positive way and I hope you will too..  

Greg820
Greg820

@TheRuddSki   It is sad that some cannot get past the finger pointing stage and actually think about and comment on the root causes of social & racial inequities.  That requires thought beyond a very insular and paranoid belief system, and some just do not have that ability.


TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Greg820

By your reference to the boogey FOX, I take it your laments are focused on conservative-leaning commenters. Really, considering the revaluations about CBS, CNN, etc, you're not exactly fair & balanced.

Tha would follow a certain pattern you'll see here and many other liberal-leaning sites, the urge to purge, the lack of ideological purity. And considering that "racist" is a term that is so wide-ranging and malleable - as a general charge, it means nothing.

For instance, I consider those who support race-based affirmative action/set-asides as racist. Those who support amnesty for border jumpers are racist, etc, while others consider those positions as the opposite. Often, simply citing crime stats, or educational stats will be declared racist.

I can reccomend some forums where leftist ideological purity is strictly enforced, dissent means banning, they are very clean toilets.

Greg820
Greg820

@TheRuddSki  Like most forums of this type, it is dominated by angry, and somewhat unstable, personalities that prefer to shout rather than talk.  There is no "conversation" on this forum.   Just the rote recitation of Fox News talking points whenever something challenges the brain. If I want to read Fox News I can just go to their page.   And I will still be around, and maybe post now and then, but I am staying away from the ignorant racial drivel that the comments section has been, and which continues to find new lows.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Greg820

And maybe you're just full of yourself. Hate to see you go, but, well, we only have ourselves to blame!

But - weren't we told by the admin and others to have the national conversation?

Greg820
Greg820

@TheCredibleHulk @Greg820  That is a perfect description for my job, too, along with many others here no doubt.  Just tired of hearing the same 'ol racist crap by people who swear up and down that they are not racists, yet every post they make mentions something about race.  Maybe they just have "racial-obsessive disorder?"

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Greg820 @TheCredibleHulk  

Kidding, of course.

My job is essentially long boring intervals of waiting occasionally punctuated by short, intense bursts of bullshit that I need to be present for, for some reason.

This is all I've got to get me through my days . . .

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@mavdog

Sorry for the confusion in replies

LA and Hollywood are heavily liberal, I'll leave it at that.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

oh, excuse the mistaken insertion of the word "fans".

you made a typo yourself with the direction of the post to Myrna.

You thing all Clippers fans are from Hollywood? none from the conservative bastion of Orange County?

the point of my post is valid. Clippers fans run the gamut, just like every sports team in America.

you are full of it.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Now, look at my statement you italicized, I did not say Clippers Fans are loved by libs, I said the Clippers are loved by libs.

Los Angeles, and particularly Hollywood, are heavily dominated by liberals - you always see renowned staunch liberal celebrities hi lighted there for instance. Kind of 2 plus 2, ya think?

Your mis-reading renders your entire post moot.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @bmarvel  

I repeat, Hulk: 
Private attitudes have public consequences. 

I'm not calling for the prosecution of Sterling's views. I am calling for the persecution of those views, as deeply evil and destructive.  He's not just some colorful old Coot. He's an extremely rich and powerful man who can  turn his contempt into action.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @bmarvel  

I repeat, Hulk: Private attitudes have public consequences.

I'm not calling for Sterling's views to be prosecuted. I'm calling for Sterling's views to be persecuted, to be viewed with deep distaste and even contempt. To be rejected as evil.

We're not talking about some rare and unattractive species of bird, here, a "coot" that should be tolerated in a spirit of amusement, We're talking about a very rich and powerful man who can make his views felt. There's nothing "subjective" about his behavior as a landlord. The "situational discrimination" gives birth to actual evil. It needs condemnation, not tolerance. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@bmarvel  

Isn't that the entire point? Sterling holds the rest of humanity on some sort of sliding scale in his crazy old brain, about which only he understands the ranking criterion. If you are somehow useful to him, (i.e. basketball player or hot young chick) he will make allowances for you regardless of race. If you are a potential tenant of some race that he considers inferior for whatever reason, he willfully discriminates against you. That is what I mean by "situational and subjective discrimination".

So, if you register on that scale anywhere below Sterling,(which most everyone does, BTW) does it matter to you where you land on Donnie's little gauge? It sure as hell doesn't matter to me.

In addition to that, anyone that would put up with this crazy old coot's ridiculous ideas to keep themselves somewhere in his orbit is every bit as odious as Sterling.


TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

I thought I saw that to, until I found out it was grass seed in dyed water.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@RTGolden

Sounds great! One question though, are you white? If so, I'm not coming unless you hire a work crew which properly represents a cross-section of identity groups in your part of town. This includes not only color/national origin, but the 57 genders available on Facebook and bums.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @TheRuddSkiYall are in luck, I'll be wet painting growing grass this weekend.  Tickets are cheap and available, music will be provided by a convenient local radio station and refreshements available on the mezzanine (two blocks down, take a left, corner convenience store)

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@dingo Lot of assumptions there, dingo:

That black players share the presumed attitudes of "society as a whole." 

That "society as a whole" is racist or bigoted. 

That blogs by anyone are reflective of anything. Including this blog.  

That there is an "increased level of homophobia" within black culture. Increased over what? When?

I'm not a sociologist so I hesitate to make assumptions about the level of bigotry and contempt in society as a whole. I prefer to deal with it anecdotally, on a case-by-case basis. On that basis, Sterling's attitudes, private or not, are contemptible.  Excuses for his attitudes just pave the way for more of the same. Is this the kind of society we want to live in?  

dingo
dingo

@bmarvel @dingo

'but if you know differently by all means enlighten us'


My assumptions are based upon the number of blacks in the NBA and the likelihood that a certain percentage of them are reflective of the society as a whole.

Read any of the hundreds of blogs, commentaries, columns, etc. written by gay blacks regarding the increased level of homophobia within the black culture.


dingo
dingo

@bmarvel @dingo 

Racism is a part of most everyone's lives just like certain other pathologies.

Reacting to cultural personalities in a general sense can be useful in certain circumstances: I might want to join the crowd of young Asian tourists because they are probably energized and excited about their surroundings or I might want to join the crowd of old guys because they are probably not and so I can be in a more relaxed setting.


I am making assumptions about cultures, that could be inaccurate with regard to specific individuals, out of convenience.


The problem of racism comes in mostly when one attaches moral underpinnings to specific cultural characteristics.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@dingo Then racism must be so general it must be okay, right?

dingo
dingo

@bmarvel @dingo@mavdog

The imperfect human beings that on some days are loving, generous and kind to most and on other days are irritated or angered and feel agitated toward a group possessing different cultural personalities out of sheer convenience.

And you are going to tell me that it is not likely that those sorts of individuals (I, in all honesty, must include myself and most everyone I know of all races and ethnicities in that group) have at one time or another been included on the roster of any professional sport team?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@dingo @mavdogI'd like to split the same hair, dingo. Who did you imagine you were speaking for when you wrote "As true for most (imperfect) human being"?

dingo
dingo

@mavdog @dingo

' "it is likely". IDK, that is a **huge** presumption. '

Is it really?


mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@dingo

hey, you wrote the words, admit your error.

"it is likely". IDK, that is a huge presumption. typically people make such presumptions based on their own history. projection is what it is called.

dingo
dingo

@mavdog

The context of my hypothetical was somewhat obvious. 

It is likely that those sorts of comments were made by at least some of his players at some point in their lives when they felt the need to express anger or felt the ridicule was appropriate. As true for most (imperfect) human beings.

It is apparent to most by now that you are quite the adept one at splitting hairs.

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