Prince Sefa-Boakye, host of the Prince In The City Show, talks about Racism in Sports
On each and every show I don’t just provide you news in the City, but current events around the world–and how they impact you and the world around you. And on this special segment, I talk about the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling and his recent racist remarks towards African Americans.
Donald Sterling, known today as the ex-NBA owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was banned for life from the NBA over his racist comments towards “black people” in a secretly taped telephone conversation between him and his alleged mistress V Stivianno (which broke out during the weekend on April 25, 2014). On my show I was not only able to play a small clip of the actual telephone conversation, but learn “The Business Side of Sports” with the help of co-host Nathan Roman to comment on the effects in the NBA League.
So instead of talking about politics, I had Nathan and Lauren Culp (executive producer of UR Business Network) share their thoughts on the whole scandal.
Nathan tells me that Donald Sterling will in indeed suffer severe consequences from the NBA League–although he is worth $1.9 billion. Furthermore he says that Sterling will have to be forced out of the league because he has threatened NBA’s biggest sponsor: Budweiser!–and sponsors have already suspended and/or temporarily ended their sponsorships with the LA Clippers.
Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks and creator of Shark Tank, has already expressed a deep concern in expelling Don Sterling from the league–even though he is disgusted with his remarks. He says that punishing him for his personal views puts the NBA League on a “very slippery slippery slope”; he says that “in this country people are allowed to be morons.” However in the end, the NBA League did in fact ban him for life and now the next step is to have Sterling sell his team–and find a possible buyer in the near future.
Lauren, on the other hand, (who was also kind enough to share her thoughts, opinions, and an update on the whole scandal) says that our freedom of speech is no longer safe in the hands of social media. While she is disgusted and appalled that people today can make such hateful speech, she is reluctant to see the power of media–and how fast it can dismantle the First Amendment.
From a political standpoint, I say this
“You do have the right to voice your views. But you also have the option to harbor them too, which is quite scary because you don’t know how many people like Don Sterling are out there (in the U.S) who share these same hateful and hurtful views towards African Americans.”
Thank you Nathan and Lauren for your great insight and opinions.
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