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Donald Sterling reportedly was racist against JJ Redick for being white

JJ Redick ClippersDonald Sterling doesn’t just have a racist attitude towards black people; his racist stereotypes apparently work both ways.

You may recall last summer that the Clippers acquired JJ Redick and Jared Dudley as part of a three-team trade where they also gave up Eric Bledsoe. The Clippers were hesitant to do the deal supposedly because Sterling would not sign off on it. The thinking was that Sterling did not want to give up Bledsoe.

While that part appears to be true, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that another aspect of his reluctance to do the trade was because he did not want to pay a lot of money for a white player.

Here’s what Woj wrote:

Mostly, he’s never loved paying white players. In that way, he has an absolute plantation prism with which he sees players: He always preferred long, strong, physical players. To him, that’s a basketball player: Big, black and strong.

When Sterling became reluctant to honor Rivers’ sign-and-trade agreement for J.J. Redick, there was a belief race played a factor. As one league source said, “He thought it was too much to pay for a white player.”

Yes, Sterling didn’t want to so easily part with Eric Bledsoe, despite Rivers telling him they could never afford to pay Bledsoe in restricted free agency next summer. That was part of it, yes, but those who knew Sterling – who had history with him – believed largely that his disdain for paying $7 million per year for a white player caused him pause.

On Sunday Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke about his team’s reaction to Sterling’s racist comments and mentioned that Redick was just as upset as anyone else on the team over the remarks. Now we know he has every reason to be just as upset; he apparently was a target of Sterling’s prejudiced thinking as well.

High school students chant ‘We want Slurpees’ at student who appeared to be Indian (Video)

We-Want-Slurpees-chantA group of students from Pittsford Southerland High School in New York embarrassed themselves during a basketball game last Friday night when they taunted an opposing player from Brighton High School who appeared to be of Indian decent. The students chanted “We Want Slurpees” while the opponent was at the free throw line, which is a reference to Indian-Americans owning 7-Eleven stores.

According to WROC 8, the Pittsford student who was leading the chant was removed from the game. The superintendents from both school regions released a joint statement on Monday regarding the incident.

“We were very disappointed to learn of this incident,” Brighton’s Kevin McGowan and Pittsford’s Mike Pero said. “We have been working with our colleagues in both districts throughout the weekend to address intolerant and unacceptable fan behavior. That work continues today. The students involved took full responsibility for their behavior, and attempts are being made to right this wrong between the students and to address the long- term learning that can arise from the disappointing behaviors of a few.”

The students who were responsible for the chant could face further disciplinary action from the school. The player who was taunted declined to comment.

Unfortunately, we see this type of stuff happen at all levels of sports. Last year, the Washington student section passed out flyers that encouraged students to taunt an opponent over his Iranian background. It’s just as uncalled for in high school as it is in college.

H/T Deadspin

Richard Sherman: ‘Thug’ is accepted way of calling someone n-word

Richard Sherman U MadRichard Sherman addressed the critics who have labeled him a “thug” by saying that “thug” has become an accepted version of calling someone the n-word.

“The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays. Because they know,” Sherman said Wednesday, via Deadspin.

“I know some ‘thugs,’ and they know I’m the furthest thing from a thug. I’ve fought that my whole life, just coming from where I’m coming from. Just because you hear Compton, you hear Watts, you hear cities like that, you just think ‘thug, he’s a gangster, he’s this, that, and the other,’ and then you hear Stanford, and they’re like, ‘oh man, that doesn’t even make sense, that’s an oxymoron.’

“You fight it for so long, and to have it come back up and people start to use it again, it’s frustrating.”

Sherman is right — he is the furthest thing from a thug. “Thug” is defined by Dictionary.com as “a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.” He’s nothing of the sort. Now Aaron Hernandez, well, he would definitely fit the description of a thug. But not Sherman.

Sherman acted like an a-hole on the field after setting up the game-clinching interception in the NFC Championship Game. He taunted his opponents, mocked them and he was the opposite of classy. And then he went nuts in his postgame interview, going on a rant that I found to be funny and entertaining more than anything else. Others were put off by his emotional outburst.

But you know who I blame most for the conversation turning racial? The media.

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Jackie Robinson statue vandalized with swastikas, ‘die n—er’

Jackie RobinsonThe Jackie Robinson statue outside MCU Park in Coney Island, New York, was defaced with swastikas and racial slurs, Brooklyn Cyclones employees learned when they arrived at the park on Wednesday.

Team employees were arriving at the park for a game between the Cyclones and Connecticut Tigers when they made the discovery.

According to the New York Post, police say “heil Hitler,” “die n—-r,” “F–k n—-r” and “F–k Jackie Robinson and all n—-rs” were written on the statue.

Crews worked to remove the graffiti but had no luck, so they covered the base of the statue with duct tape and a tarp.

The statue commemorates a moment of solidarity at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, when former Brooklyn Dodger Pee Wee Reese put his arm around the man who broke the color barrier in baseball.

Per CBS New York, here’s what the statue said:

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Serena Williams did not find Caroline Wozniacki’s imitation to be racist

Caroline Wozniacki was accused of being racist when she stuffed her chest and behind in an attempt to imitate Serena Williams during a recent exhibition tennis match.

Williams, who calls the Danish tennis player a friend, has responded and indicated she did not find the imitation to be racist.

“I know Caro and I would call her my friend and I don’t think she (meant) anything racist by it,” Williams told USA Today over email.

“(Roddick) and (Djokovic) do it all the time and Caro does (it) and now it’s racist.??” she wrote. “At the end of the day I spend my time focused on things to become better and not bring me down.”

Though Williams does not believe the imitation is racist, she thinks her impersonators might be wise to shelve the act given the backlash.

“I must add if people feel this way she should take reason and do something different next time,” she said.

Maybe Serena’s comments on the matter will serve as a cue for people to drop the racism accusations. Like she referenced in her emails, nobody called it racist when Andy Roddick did the same thing last year, or when Wozniacki did it last time.

Gabby Douglas overcame gymnastics bullies, was called ‘slave’

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas joined Oprah Winfrey’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” and opened up about the bullying and racism she faced in gymnastics.

Douglas, who became the first American gymnast to win gold in the all-around and team competition at the same Olympiad, wanted to quit the sport because she felt so uncomfortable training at her Virginia Beach, Va., gym.

“I felt being bullied and isolated from the group,” Douglas told Winfrey. “They treated me not how they would treat their other teammates.

“I was just, you know, kind of getting racist jokes, kind of being isolated from the group. So it was definitely hard. I would come home at night and just cry my eyes out,” Douglas said, per the NY Daily News.

“One of my teammates was like, ‘Could you scrape the bar?’” she remembered. “And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?’

“I was the only African-American at that gym,” Gabby went on. “I definitely felt isolated. Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? — those thoughts were going through my mind.”

Douglas says she felt these ways when she was about 14. It was also revealed in July that the 16-year-old came close to quitting gymnastics months before the Olympics. It’s a good thing the best all-around female gymnast in the world didn’t get too discouraged and that she managed to stick with it.

Hopefully Douglas’ success will inspire many young African-American children to compete in gymnastics, and hopefully the new generation of athletes won’t feel out of place in a gym thanks to Gabby’s success.

Megan Lochte reportedly apologizes for racist video, says it was a skit

Ryan Lochte has received plenty of notoriety since returning to America from the London Olympics, but it’s his sister, Megan, who is receiving the attention this week.

Megan Lochte came under fire on Friday when a 2008 video featuring her making several racist remarks went viral. The video, which was first posted by Jezebel (warning: video contains explicit language), is from Lochte’s 2008 appearance on a Maryland late-night comedy talk show called “Closing Time,” hosted by Baltimore-based comedian Mickey Cucchiella. The show took place shortly after Lochte returned from watching her brother compete at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

“Let’s talk about China. How long were you there?” the host asks “field correspondent” Lochte.

“We were there for a little bit over a week. China was ch—ed out,” she says to much laughter. “Like, it was totally Chinese. Everything.”

“The nerve of those people to be …” Cucchiella began, before being interrupted by Lochte.

“Ch—s everywhere,” Lochte continued.

By that point, Lochte had used the racial slur three times, and Cucchiella was looking uncomfortable.

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