Of course, peddling a half-billion-dollar NBA franchise involves more than putting it on eBay. That’s if Sterling is even willing to sell – and he carries a long-held reputation as a recalcitrant rich guy with a history of being willing to go to court at the drop of a hat. If his fellow owners (I use the term fellow loosely) can twist his arm to divest himself of his albatross, I expect there are prospective buyers in the wings. Among others, the names of Oprah Winfrey and Johnson himself have been floated.
Institutional racism, once rampant in this country, is increasingly moribund. But characters like these, who perpetuate an I’m-better-than-you mentality, try their best to keep it out of the grave.
In any case, Sterling has no one to blame but himself. He ends up looking like the spoiled rich kid he is while having no clue as to what is really important in society.
Jim Bailey’s column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.