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Pat McMahon

Sterling character

In this Dec. 19, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is intent on moving quickly in dealing with the racially charged scandal surrounding Clippers owner Sterling. The NBA league will discuss its investigation Tuesday, April 29, 2014, before the Clippers play Golden State in Game 5 of their playoff series. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

Even if you're tired of hearing about the Donald Sterling NBA race scandal, I get to have my say anyway, because I was there first.

I thought Donald Sterling was a bum back when the Clippers were in San Diego. People I know who worked for him told astounding stories about his refusal to pay bills to small local businesses, his embarrassing cartoon antics drinking wine on the players' bench and his penchant for promoting himself before promoting the team. Even then there were rumors about his overt negative attitude toward people of color, in spite of his ownership position in a minority-dominant sports league.

That was San Diego -- has Los Angeles been different? Only lately, and that's only because he has real jocks instead of jokes playing winning basketball. A long-term contract with Donald Sterling still needs to be called "12 Years a Clipper": "Alleged" discrimination against Elgin Baylor, "alleged" discrimination as a landlord, "alleged" racist remarks about Magic Johnson..."alleged"?

No! He's still a bum!

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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