|Hang down your head, Don Sterling|
|Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
Are you — like me — wishing that “other Donald”, Donald Sterling, would just go away?
I am speaking about the for-now Los Angeles Clippers’ owner who keeps shooting himself in the foot with his mouth as regards people like Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
We know about his taped — apparently, unbeknownst to him, which is an entirely different matter of the legal persuasion but that is for another columnist — earlier comments about the NBA legend to his mistress/girlfriend/whatever that was the first of his open-mouth, insert-feet diatribe.
This time, it was his interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN that was supposed to be an apology, so I don’t now why he actually launched into this rant against Magic.
His latest rage is that Magic is not a role model for children, especially in how he was infected with the HIV virus in the early 1990s that led to his much-too-early retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers.
I think in all honesty, Magic would agree with THAT assessment of his earlier behavior.
Where Sterling gets it wrong is his assessment of Magic’s behavior and activity since those days.
When Magic was informed he had HIV, he didn’t wallow in pity, rationalize his behavior away or blame anyone else; he stood up, admitted it and went about trying to deal with the matter.
In fact, he went about doing what he needed to do to combat his condition and really took care of himself. He is not cured, though, but in a form of remission by what he himself has told reporters.
He also moved on to to a very successful career in business, going so far as to lead an ownership group that purchased the Los Angeles Bums — hey, I have to be a Cincinnati Reds’ fan here! — and trying to help his community.
He is not perfect — neither am I — and he’d admit that, too.
What the heck is Mr. Sterling talking about?
Isn’t this what we want out of our “heroes” — heck, everyday human beings and ourselves: when we/they make a mistake, we/they own up to it and make up for it the best we can, should that be possible.
This was possible and Magic did so.
Is that NOT a good role model for children?
All Sterling is doing is adding fuel to the fire and making it impossible for the forgiveness he seeks.
He’s also going to make it impossible if his estranged wife — and sooner rather than later ex — in her promised fight not to sell the Clippers.
This promises to be a heck of a fight — or something extraordinary that we may or may not like will have to happen for this not to become any more of a circus than it already is.
I will not suppose to diagnose whether Sterling may or may not have a medical condition: just because he’s 81 doesn’t mean he has anything since he has done things and uttered comments in the past that seem to reveal this is not a contradiction; he truly has these thoughts from deep within.
What I will suppose to write is methinks Mr. Sterling doesn’t need “education” or “medicine”, though he might be in need of meds — he needs repentance about what he has ultimately done in this matter and the damage he has wrought.
I don’t mean to sound preachy here but eventually, “the evil that lurks in the hearts of men” presents itself.