The World of Sports Had Heroes
~ Amy Lignor
No one was ever perfect. There are men in the Hall of Fame in all sports that certainly had their share of mishaps. Maybe it was something about them that made their mistakes bearable, or perhaps it was the time period of black-and-white television and the idea that their talents on the field were far more important than the money in their pockets, that made them great and have
kept them the ‘best of the best.’ Maybe for these reasons children looked up to them, and didn’t much care if they were
gambling on the side, as long as they hit home runs. These were the days when Elvis sang ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and chicks screamed – there were idols, with flaws, but they were larger than life no matter what mistakes they were making.
Back in that time period there were flaws in our country. Wars, racial tensions, events that made history. But apparently, all of this work that was done to make us better people and a better country has turned into a joke with some ‘big shots’ who seem to forget that TV – like life – is no longer black-and-white. People all over the world can hear everything in seconds, which means you are judged by the people in seconds.
Everyone should know by now that social media spans the globe, so any ‘alleged’ comments made on a tape by, say, an NBA owner who ‘if the tape is deemed authentic’ decided to jump back in time to say something unbelievably moronic. So moronic, in fact, that his own team actually sat and discussed whether or not they should boycott their own playoff game.
Perhaps they came to the conclusion – as everyone should – that allowing morons any time in their sphere is a waste of time. After all, speaking to a person who’s all mouth and no brains is more than difficult, seeing as that they do not listen to anyone but their own ego.
The NBA commissioner stated that the league was investigating the ‘alleged’ comments. And even though the paparazzi, news reports, and social media have described these ‘alleged’ comments as ‘offensive’, the league is focusing on the authenticity of the recording, as well as what context the ‘alleged’ comments were made in when ‘allegedly’ spoken.
This is due process, and everyone is allowed that in the U.S. of A. If found to be authentic, the owner could receive a “wide range of sanctions” – but if the recording is found authentic, to the rest of us, there will literally be no sanctions that could be given that would make the ‘alleged’ speaker intelligent.
I am sure many of these league investigators – whether they be for the NFL, NHL, NBA, etc. – would really like to simply smack the ‘alleged’ perpetrators of anything and tell them this: Having money in your pocket does not give you the right to be an idiot. Because with so much money in your pocket, you could afford to take a few classes that would perhaps increase your brain power.
This owner: “remains emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings,” In fact, “It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life.”
Here is where “if the shoe fits” philosophy comes into play. In the past eight years, the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner has settled multiple racial discrimination suits filed against him; one of these was in 2009, where he paid the U.S. Justice Department $2.73 million to settle allegations his companies ‘targeted and discriminated against blacks, Hispanics and families with children in renting apartments in greater Los Angeles.’
These are facts. There is also the fact that under previous commissioner David Stern, the NBA never publicly disciplined Sterling in the previous incidents.
Babe Ruth wasn’t perfect; nor was DiMaggio. And Elvis, well…he will always be the King…‘nuff said. Black-and-white came with an old television set. It is 2014, people: Today we live in a Technicolor world. Embrace it…or shut up!