April 30, 2014
By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
It’s rare for the NBA Playoffs first round to gain such widespread attention but when racism is involved it becomes a new chapter in America’s civil rights movement.
Filipino basketball fans showed up at the Staples Center in support of their team and equality.
They also support the National Basketball Association’s decision to hand down a life time ban on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling as well as a $2.5 million dollar fine.
He will also be forced to sell the team.
Effective immediately I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA. Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices. He may not be present at any Clippers facility and he may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
It was a sigh of relief for Filipinos after a phone recording of the 80-year-old making racist remarks was released causing an uproar throughout the country.
“I think it’s about time Donald Sterling suffered the consequences because it’s been a long time that racism exists here in America,” said Ardie Guzman of Glendale, Calif.
“I think it was really disturbing and really heart breaking as a long time fan,” said Clipper fan Gerry Cabrerra.
“It’s terrible. We’re actually on our way home we drove from Las Vegas this morning and we want to stop to support the people in Los Angeles against that terrible owner that they’ve got, said Hawaii resident Allan Borges.
While fans continue to support the players they hope the team who had been caught in the controversy can go back to their winning ways.
The Clippers lost to the Golden State Warriors by 21 points shortly after the controversy broke out Sunday.
But on Tuesday the Clippers went on to win bringing them one game closer to the second round of the playoffs.
“You know, this last, you know, three or four days have been very difficult for everybody involved. And no matter what the race is, it has been difficult. And I thought Adam Silver today was fantastic. He made a decision that really was the right one, that had to be made,” said LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
Despite Sterling’s history of alleged discrimination and the reputation of being frugal, the team which has only found success in recent years has held cultural nights for its fans including an annual Filipino heritage night since 2009.
As Filipino Clippers fans continue to cheer for their players they are looking forward to offseason changes when Donald Sterling is expected to sell the team.
Among reported possible buyers, a hometown favorite, Magic Johnson.
Majority of the NBA team owners are white ..Sorry FilAM’s you can’t bid for ownership of NBA team …
Clippers owner is a Billionaire, active member of the Hollywood Jew, Democrat elite. He gave Ferrari, Lamborgini, Apartment to her girlfriend a Black/Mexican.On 1980 he bought Clipper team for $ 11M, now Clipper worth $700-1B.He does not need money and no intention of selling his company. It is not written on the NBA play book rule & regulation that you can not ban a person for life to enter and watch an NBA game. He can bankcrupt and sue NBA ” Racist issue is not a reason to force somebody to sell.Criminals, murderer were never force to sell their house, gun etc.I wish he will share his winning to his own players…
Hello why would the filipinos get into this mess ? Nothing to do with the filipinos it’s between the blacks and the whites, don’t put your nose where it’ don’t belong. This is not your country, this was going on for long time, the NBA knew about him long time and only now did something about it because of comments he made, look what if it was a white person he didn’t want at the his basketball games would still be the same, would he be ban from NBA basketball games ? They is a whole lot to this story ? Johnson wanted to buy the basketball team for a long time ? He might have set this mess up for the owner to sell his basketball team look and read story in the American side of the internet see the story coming out about this mess they are alot more to this story.
What else can you expect from a 80 plus individual.He could say stupid words that hurts and the US constitution allows that as freedom of expression.It common knowledge about his way of talking his mindwith all the suits filed against him with race discrimination.That’s why when the last will of the decease is being read it is being contested they charge that Nobody is forcing them to stay he or she is not in right mind especially when one of the beneficiary of the will does not agree about his share.The race I only see here is I for one and other fans will race towards Magic Johnson and ask for a selfie and autograph please.For minority player who knows that their owner or officials of their team for a long time should have the guts to leave.Such hypocrisy! !