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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Donald Sterling: One Creepy Story After Another

In ESPN The Magazine, Peter Keating does an amazing job reporting the story of Clipper owner Donald Sterling.

There is a pubic relations issue at play with Sterling. People suing him for this or that have demonized him from time to time. But they're suing him! They're supposed to demonize him. Even though there have been reports of terrible things, it has always felt kind of tough to pass judgment.

But in Keating's article, there are just so many such stories. And his accusers tend to get confidential settlements.

Put them all together, and it takes Sterling well out of the "lovable eccentric" category. You really must read the whole article. Don't believe me? Here are some excerpts, as proof:

"For years he has run semianonymous ads (crude design jobs he reportedly locks up himself) seeking 'hostesses' for Clippers events and his private parties. ... According to testimony Jaksy gave under oath, Sterling touched her in ways that made her uncomfortable and asked her to visit friends of his for sex. Sterling also repeatedly ordered her to find massage therapists to service him sexually, telling her, 'I want someone who will, you know, let me put it in or who [will] suck on it.'" 

One of the most amazing things about the article is the accompanying photo, of a Sterling poster soliciting hostesses. I have seen such ads before and wondered: Who has the gall to advertise for that? Donald Sterling, that's who.

And I'll second what I said the other night. To those who think the NBA lottery is rigged: No way in hell it's rigged to put this guy in the spotlight.