ster·ling [stur-ling] adjective
1. of, pertaining to, or noting British money: The sterling equivalent is #5.50.
2. (of silver) having the standard fineness of 0.925.
3. made of silver of this fineness: a sterling teapot.
4. thoroughly excellent: a man of sterling worth.
If you have not heard, seen, discussed, or commented on the latest celebrity debacle, you are probably living under a rock.
This past week, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, had his racist rantings released for the whole world to hear.
The news spread via social media like a wildfire racing through the Everglades.
No surprise there.
So who is Donald Sterling?
He was born Donald Tokowitz, April 26, 1934.
He has had a long and very successful career, first as a divorce and personal injury attorney, then later on in real estate, which he began when he purchased a 26-unit apartment building in Beverly Hills.
He acquired the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5 million and, as of 2014, the team is valued at $575 million by Forbes.
Not a bad investment!
33 seasons of ownership (1981 to present) makes him the longest-tenured owner in the NBA.
Last week, Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million after recordings of him making racist comments were made public.
Now whichever side of this controversy you sit, there are a few major takeaways from this incident and many questions:
1) Be careful what you say; someone is always listening(whether its legal or not). Isn’t anyone concerned about the Bill of Rights?
2) At 80 years old, Sterling is part of an old school generation and has had a history of this kind of behavior. Guys like him will never accept the changing world we live, so why would we expect that from him? Remind you of anyone?
3) Does anyone really believe that V. Stiviano is in love with Sterling? And whats with the V. anyway?
4) The NBA has banned Sterling from the league and is requiring him to sell the team. Does the league have the right to force someone to sell and doesn’t everyone think that the attorneys will wind up gaining the most of out these crazy circumstances?
5) This month, Sterling was to receive a lifetime achievement award from the local civil rights group at its 100th anniversary celebration. Really, what’s up with that? And finally….
6) Karma is a bitch: Sterling is battling cancer — specifically prostate cancer.
In an ironic twist, Sterling refused to pay for prostate-cancer surgery a decade ago for then-Clippers assistant coach Kim Hughes. Four Clippers players chipped in to cover the $70,000 cost.
One thing is for sure, this man has altered the definition of sterling and is certainly not “a man of sterling worth”
And that’s what Nudelberg says!