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Donald Sterling Has One Regret In Life: “I Wish I Had Just Paid Her Off”

 Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano

Los Angeles Clippers (former?) owner Donald Sterling has broken his silence after his secretly recorded racist rant was leaked to TMZ on April 25. But instead of apologizing for his racist remarks, Sterling told DuJour Magazine he wishes he had “just paid her off,” referring to his ex-mistress V. Stiviano.

In the audio clips, Donald Sterling allegedly tells his then-girlfriend (or professional “archivist” as she calls it) V. Stiviano “Don’t come to my games. Don’t bring black people, and don’t come.” Sterling goes on to tell his girlfriend (who is half black) to stop “associating with black people,” including basketball legend Magic Johnson.

The gist of Donald Sterling’s argument is that people will have a hard time forgetting that she is mixed race if she’s constantly hanging out with her non-white friends, especially publicly and especially at his team’s games – although she is allowed to sleep with black guys for some reason. The gist of her argument is that she can’t deny her heritage and not hanging out with black people at NBA games is kinda hard to do…

Anyways, once the clips were released, Sterling’s life began to unravel.

First, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced it rescinded his lifetime award. The head of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP later resigned over the shame of ever having considered Donald Sterling for such an award considering his super racist past.

Sterling HecklersThen the sponsors started pulling out. Virgin America and CarMax announced they are ending their sponsorship of the Los Angeles Clippers in light of Sterling’s racist remarks. Insurer State Farm, which uses Clippers point guard Chris Paul in commercials, also said it is “taking a pause” in sponsorship.

Next up, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned the embattled Clippers owner from the league for life and fined him $2.5 million for the racist remarks. After confirnming Sterling was the voice on the tape, Silver announced Sterling will not be involved with games or practices, offices and facilities, or any team business matters.

“The views expressed are deeply offensive and harmful, that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my anger,” Silver said.

But Sterling’s punishment didn’t end with a lifetime ban.

Silver said he is pushing the NBA Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the team, which requires the approval of three-quarters of the board. On Thursday the 10-member NBA advisory committee unanimously agreed to begin terminating Mr Sterling’s ownership.

“The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week,” said NBA executive vice president Mike Bass.

Assuming the board votes in favour of ousting Sterling, a number of celebrities have expressed interest in purchasing the sports team. And this is where Donald Sterling’s worst nightmare comes into play: a black woman owning his basketball team!

ESPN reports Oprah Winfrey (along with David Geffen, Larry Ellison and a few others) is considering making a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers if Sterling sells.

The only thing Sterling has going for him now is his battle with prostate cancer – which means his ban from the NBA could be a lot shorter than he expected.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Dennis Rodman Singing Happy Birthday

Current Event Cat - Rodman Happy Birthday

He’s no Marilyn Monroe, but Dennis Rodman led a stunning rendition of Happy Birthday to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, which was slightly more coherent than his recent interview on CNN.

Dennis Rodman and a bunch of former NBA players he recruited (who are probably already regretting their decision) are in North Korea to play basketball in honour of Kim Jong Un’s birthday. The US basketball star sang Happy Birthday to Kim Jong Un in front of a crowd of thousands in the capital before leading the squad of former NBA stars in a friendly game of basketball. Rodman, who is apparently tone deaf, stopped short of going into the “how old are you now” verse, as the North Korean leader’s official birthday and age have never been confirmed.

But the crowd in the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium ate it up, clapping and waving as Rodman sang Happy Birthday to his self-proclaimed “best friend”. It is not clear yet whether the audience was clapping because they loved the song or if they were clapping because not doing so would be instant execution.

rodman koreaTo keep the game friendly, the Americans played against the North Korean team in the first half, but split up and merged teams for the second half. Presumably the Americans let the North Koreans will the first half, as they scored 47 points to 39. Rodman opted to only play the first half and spent the rest of the match sitting next to the birthday boy.

“A lot of people have expressed different views about me and your leader, your marshal, and I take that as a compliment,” Rodman told the crowd. “Yes, he is a great leader, he provides for his people here in this country and thank God the people here love the marshal.”

Rodman, who is on his fourth trip to North Korea in a much ridiculed “basketball diplomacy” mission, is no stranger to controversy. Tattoos and piercings aside, Rodman has been criticized for being chummy chummy with Kim Jong Un given his less than stellar human rights record and constant nuclear threats.

In a recent interview with CNN, Rodman was once again pressed about using his sway over Kim Jong Un to help release Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour in May 2013. In an incoherent ramble, a visibly angry Rodman seemed to imply that Bae was at fault for being held captive, telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo:

“The one thing about politics, Kenneth Bae did one thing. If you understand, if you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did? In this country? You tell me. You tell me. Why is he held captive?”

I wonder what he’ll be saying when Kim Jong Un finally gets bored of his new toy and locks him up in a labour camp?

Via: CTV News

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Dennis Rodman Heads to North Korea for Some More Basketball Diplomacy

Kim Jong-un and Dennis Rodman watch a basketball game in Pyongyang

Not even the recent purge/execution of Kim Jong-un’s uncle could put a damper on the blossoming friendship between the North Korean leader and the washed up basketball star.

Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea for the third time on Thursday to train the national team and engage in some basketball diplomacy. The aging star and his documentary crew are scheduled to spend four days in the communist country helping to train a team of North Korean basketball players for a January exhibition in Pyongyang.

The January 8 exhibition is a very important one because it will celebrate the birthday of North Korean leader and Dennis Rodman bestie, Kim Jong-un. The match between North Korea and a group of ex-NBA players will certainly be an exciting one – the losing side gets purged. And a word of warning to the audience – you’d better clap until your hands are raw, because half-hearted clapping is grounds for execution in North Korea.

But Dennis Rodman doesn’t care. The ex-NBA player told reporters he doesn’t fear for his safety in North Korea.

“I mean, whatever his uncle has done, and whoever’s done anything in North Korea, I have no control over that. I mean, these things have been going on for years and years and years,” he told Reuters news agency.

“I’m just going over there to do a basketball game and have some fun,” he added.

While Rodman refused to talk politics with Kim Jong-un, including asking for American Kenneth Bae’s release, he reiterated his hope that basketball diplomacy would bring the feuding nations together.

“I hope this is going to engage American people, especially Obama, to just to try to talk to them,” he said.

The response from the U.S?

Dennis Rodman is not a representative of the US government in his trip to North Korea,” US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Tuesday.

“We need to focus on what’s really important here when it comes to North Korea… the brutality of the North Korean regime he’s going to meet.”

Maybe the U.S. will luck out on this trip and Rodman will quietly disappear… like Kim Jong-un’s uncle.

Via: BBC News

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