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Final Word: Good riddance, Donald Sterling

OK, so Donald Sterling is banned for life. Is it enough?

Not according to the NAACP.

The NAACP wants a meeting with Adam Silver, the new NBA commissioner (who, by the way, hit it out of the park at his Sterling press conference) to ensure that "Sterling remains an anomaly among the owners and executives in the league."

Well, of course he is.

I mean, he is, RIGHT?

There were whispers for a long time about Sterling, but let's face it, being "rumored" to be a racist may be unsavory, but it's tough to act on.

As Silver said Tuesday, once the nauseating recordings of Sterling were made public, it was obvious that the NBA had to act, and it did. To virtually take the the owner's building keys away is a powerful statement.

By banning Sterling for life from practices, games and all official team activities, the NBA takes away not only Sterling's product that he has grown and cultivated, but a good bit of his identity, too. And his swagger.

It remains to be seen if Sterling cares.

For a lot of sports owners, running the show is paramount, making money is secondary but remember, this owner made most of his money in real estate.

If people of color are truly so unsavory to Donald Sterling, why would he get into a business that is predominantly made up of black athletes? Who knows? Perhaps the fact that the league was whiter in 1981 when Sterling bought the Clips for $12.5 million was part of the reason. No matter.

The NBA decided, rightly so, that it won't deal with racists.

Sports teams don't grow on trees, and they're not free. Owners of such teams are also not likely to be primarily humanitarian but we should also expect that in public AND in private, owners know that there's no place for comments or feelings like Sterling's.

He is an anomaly, and if you think for a minute, any NBA owner will be caught making statements like his, you don't know much about this club.

The NAACP, by the way, might not be the best at sniffing out such discrimination. The group has given Mr. Sterling numerous awards.

Yep. He was named its Humanitarian of the Year in 2008 and received the President's Award in 2009. Why? Because he wrote the organization a check, of course.

If the NAACP is looking for more racists, the members might want to start at their annual awards dinner.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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