This entire situation with Donald Sterling reminds of when Isaiah Thomas was talking about how his grandparents didn’t come to the NBA draft because they said it reminded them too much of a slave trade from the selection to the placing of the NBA cap. All in all the situation is just a sad reminder that when you’re discriminated against for your skin color, no amount of success can eclipse that hatred.
– “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)
– “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.” (5:15)
– “I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)
– “…Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” (9:13)
It’s hard to feel sympathy for the girlfriend because just listening to this is absolutely disgusting; less because of Sterling and more because of V. Stiviano’s lack of pride and integrity. She’s trying to justify that she’s black and Mexican to someone who blatantly disrespectful to those very traits. This is beyond problematic.
Now that the Sixers are officially retiring Allen Iverson’s number, I’m able to really sit back and take a look at the effect that he had on this city. There was NOTHING like being a Philadelphian during the AI days. I still remember how we lost it when the Sixers won the ‘01 Eastern Conference Finals. You would’ve thought they’d won the championship. Running down Broad Street with my cousin and going crazy. I’d never had so much pride in my city.
Allen Iverson was an electrifying player and, regardless of his personal struggles, the definition of a great athlete. He may not have the accolades of other legends, but NO one is more deserving of a retired number or has more heart than A.I.
A.I. will always be Philly.
A.I. will always be that dude.
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