I want to point out....Donald Sterlings comments are a tip of the iceberg. The guy has a history of doing and saying things that were racist. This was was just proof that he couldn't deny and would protect the NBA in court.
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes
From the Los Angeles Times:
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” the man in the recording says, later adding: “I’m just saying, in your … Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.”
Recording is indeed of Donald Sterling, woman's attorney says*-*Los Angeles Times
I think there has been enough Donald Sterling bashing.
With respect to Sterling's limited apology (accepting responsibility for his words, not the underlying attitude responsible for them), along with his blame-shifting, below are excerpts from an article that analyzes why his limited apology didn't really help him.
Donald Sterling joins long list of "sorry but I'm not sorry" apologies | FOX Sports on MSN'People should be watching this for a long time and understand what not to do in a television interview,'' says Steve Adubato, who teaches crisis communications at New York University.
Sterling made the classic mistake of dragging other people into a conversation that should have only been about him. An apology should be straightforward and sincere, not about what others may have done.
''The apology has to be absolutely genuine,'' says Amiso George, who teaches strategic communication at Texas Christian University Texas. ''It has to be from the heart. Not something that the person has to do.''
According to Politico, Donald Sterling has moved from criticizing Magic Johnson to criticizing the President’s remarks concerning Sterling’s racist comments. Excerpts:
“I think that was such bad judgment on his part to make a flippant comment from Malaysia,” a voice that is purportedly Sterling’s says in another series of audio recordings published Wednesday by the Daily Mail.
“He’s a good guy, and I like him, I just think everybody wants to get into the act, is that it?” Sterling added.
Report: Donald Sterling calls Barack Obama
Sterling’s latest comments provide possible insight into why he has not made a complete (dealing with words and attitudes) and unconditional apology to date, much less shown any meaningful interest in acknowledging and addressing the underlying attitudes that almost certainly were at the root of his leaked comments. Instead, his suggesting that the criticism he received was a mere “act” implies that he does not comprehend the gravity of his remarks, much less the problem of racism and its consequences.
It stretches the imagination to accept his alibi that he was “baited” into making racist comments. There is no evidence of any kind that he was instructed to make racial references. He could easily have told his girlfriend to stay away from other men without injecting race into the matter. In general, such comments are a direct product of one’s attitudes.
Finally, racism is not a trivial matter. Criticizing racism or racist comments is not a mere “act.”