Clearly Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is a racist fool. He’s also an ungrateful employer, a bad boss. During a taped exchange with his girlfriend (I’d now assume former girlfriend), Sterling says,
“You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them?”
Sterling shows no sense that the players who have worked for him over the decades that he’s owned his team have contributed to his wealth. Instead, he uses words like support and give, almost as if he should not have to pay the employees that bring fans to the arena. It’s not pay or compensation. He describes his employees as receiving gifts. Maybe he thinks he’s Santa Claus.
Even beyond his racism, Donald Sterling is an ungrateful jerk.
I saw an odd note in today’s Chicago Sun-Times. New York Knicks player J.R. Smith was fined $25,000 for “directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account.” My first puerile thought was: What did he say? After that, however, I considered the amount of the fine in relation to a recent post I wrote about the median income in the U.S. Most people in the U.S. make $27,000 or less. One ballplayer was nearly fined that much for a tweet. The next time someone argues that there is not income inequality in this country, remember J.R. Smith’s expensive tweet. It says a lot about what is happening in this country. What it says is not good.