Of the recent banishment of Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick writes, “the NBA publicly executed a bloated, 80-year-old man with a well-earned reputation for repugnancy, having made him accountable for what he said to his 31-year-old girlfriend in private…they lynched a mean old fool who committed the crime of being overheard speaking like one.” Having already suggested that Sterling was too old to be taken seriously, Mushnick contends there’s a double standard in the Assocation, what with Drake being named “the celebrity host” of the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. “It’s not as if Commissioner Silver will withdraw the invite,” sneers Phil.
Perhaps Drake can perform one of his many hate-filled numbers in which black men are called “N—as,” women are obscenely objectified as good for only one thing, and “f–k” is frequently rapped as a verb, noun, adverb, prefix or suffix.
In other words, what Drake records and performs in public for a living fully meets with the NBA’s approval and even big-event promotion. But what old coot Donald Sterling spoke in private led to a summary execution.
What bar? It’s already gone. But perhaps Drake was grandfathered where Sterling, at 80, wasn’t.
Mushnick also helpfully notes that Mike Francesa is free to lambaste Sterling over the WFAN airwaves, despite the former having at one time suggested Israel was to blame for the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. I’m not sure if Phil would like to see Adam Silver punish Mike Francesa, but I suspect that’s out of his jurisdiction.