Memo to NBA Commissioner: Adam Silver
Congratulations and well done is really at the heart of what i have to say. To not only stand up and say myself and my organisation will not accept racism in any form, but to lay the form work for what sets an example to everyone clearly stating racism in sport is abhorrent and will not be accepted in any circumstance. This can only be applauded.
In many cases, issues such as this (depending on the perceived ‘importance’ of the individual) can be brushed under the carpet. I for one waited with baited breathe as to what the NBA would do. I can’t say I am a huge fan of the NBA, but the direction that was to be taken was one I whole heartedly agreed with. True leadership was shown.
The idea that people still will not accept individuals of different races, colour, creed, religion, sexual persuasion, astounds me. It was not to long ago individuals were having their left hand slapped if they were using it to write. As a proud south paw, I am glad those days are passed though I am saddened at behaviour such as we saw.
I am not so blind as to believe that the days of racial prejudice are behind us, however I am flabbergasted when an industry leader opens his mouth to make such comments.
To ban such a man from the NBA for life, and fine him a monumental amount makes a strong statement and creates a firm platform. A platform that will allow the continued cultural change to occur, and in which tolerance is bred and bigotry fades further away.
Well done and continue the fight!
Memo to Donald Sterling
Donald Sterling… you are a cock! A bigoted and ignorant individual squawking for no more reason that a blatant irrational drive - as most roosters tend to be. However most roosters, I find, have more tolerance of individuals with differing background, skin colour, and other such factors that make us all individuals.
I hope that one day you finally understand what tolerance and acceptance is.
I hope that you not only understand, but appreciate the value of what diversity can bring to yourself and those around you. Not just from a business sense, but more importantly as a part of you life.
I hope this serves as an educational experience to you. I am sure you can deal with the fees to the School of Life, but hope you take something away and your lessons are learnt.
Good luck with your education! I hope never to hear of your comments again, unless of course they are endorsing diversity and seeking to include everyone!