As if this playoff season needed any more excitement, the scandalous "revelations" contained in the Donald Sterling recordings have provided a surplus. Of course, everyone knows that Sterling has long been an irredeemable pig and an exploiter to the core, and I don't imagine anyone wants to use this thread to defend him. But more interestingly, the harsh realities getting exposed today seem to provoke much larger questions about the sports machine, its racialized hierarchies, our collective complicity with them, etc. And furthermore, they pose some interesting strategic dilemmas about what options are open to people -- fans, players (e.g. DeAndre Jordan), and especially Adam Silver, who hopefully regards this as more than a major PR crisis -- who cannot abide by opinions like Sterling's but still want to enjoy the game.
Knowing that CH occasionally has been a rich forum for Sterling critique in the past, I figured that the crew here would probably have some interesting thoughts on the matter. I'm hungry to read them and not have them lost in a gamethread somewhere, so let me open it up and invite everyone to get their kicks in.
Here is where you can check out Tom Ziller's SB Nation take.