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Published On: Thu, May 1st, 2014

ESPN’s Jason Whitlock on Donald Sterling reaction: ‘mob rule is dangerous’

Veteran sports columnist and ESPN talking head Jason Whitlock is surprising viewers and critics attacking Donald Sterling as Whitlock cautions the decisions being made by the NBA.

Whitlock, penning a commentary for ESPN, hit hard from the very first words of the column he posted following NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s ban on Sterling: “In our zeal to appear righteous or courageous or free of bigotry, a ratings-pleasing mob hell-bent on revenge turned Donald T. Sterling — a victim of privacy invasion and white supremacy — from villain to martyr.”

Whitlock further calls Silver “a rookie commissioner” who penalized Sterling, whom Whitlock characterizes as “a flawed man whose rights were violated.”

“Mob rule is dangerous. Well-intentioned, TV-baited mobs are the most dangerous. They do not consider the consequences of their actions, and they’re prone to take a simple-minded, instant-gratification approach to justice rather than a strategic one.”

“Removing Donald Sterling from the NBA solves nothing. It sets a precedent that will likely boomerang and harm the black players and coaches who are shocked and outraged that an 80-year-old man with a documented history of bigoted actions also has bigoted private thoughts.”

Whitlock names the “white-supremacy culture” he notes will still be looming after the dust has settled over the Sterling matter: “White-supremacy culture is created, maintained and run by rich white men, Sterling’s peers. He is the longest-tenured owner in the NBA. Former commissioner David Stern had multiple opportunities to run Sterling out of the league for his bigoted actions. Sterling’s peers have always protected him … until he had the audacity and stupidity to be caught on tape explaining the culture they maintain.”

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