A conservative black activist and columnist says the NBA needs to look at what a controversial team owner does – not what he says.
A panel of NBA team owners will hold a conference call today, Thursday, to discuss the next steps in removing Donald Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is urging owners to use their power to force Sterling to sell the team. Three-fourths of the league's owners would have to vote to do that.
Charles Butler, a member of the Project 21 black leadership network, says Sterling made the controversial comments when he was upset that former NBA star Magic Johnson was hitting on his girlfriend.
"An 80-year-old man and a 20-something year old woman," Butler notes. "I mean, Magic Johnson is no choir boy, okay. He's a real 'ladies man' still."
Sterling has already been banned for life by the league and fined $2.5 million for making racist comments.
Even when the Clippers were in San Diego, Butler recalls that Sterling went out of his way to help blacks in business and civic issues, which other owners didn't do. And Butler says there seems to be a double standard, wondering about Brooklyn Nets part owner rapper Jay-Zee?
"When you talk about Jay-Z, this criminal thug who's called black women all kinds of names, disgraced our race," says Butler. "And nobody is talking about kicking him out of the league? You can't have double standards I'm sorry."
Finally, Butler doesn't think Sterling should be forced to sell the team.