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The life sentence was handed down by the NBA Tuesday much faster than most similar court decisions.

There were no expert witnesses arguing about the state of Donald Sterling's mind, the stress he was under or the trauma he may have experienced as a child listening to the "Amos 'n' Andy Show."


Commissioner Adam Silver banned the Clippers owner from basketball activities for life, along with a maximum fine of $2.5 million, which is the approximate amount Sterling spent on cars for his girlfriend.

His racist remarks and history were not a huge surprise. He's been a slumlord for years with an outspoken bias against minorities in his properties.

Two things that have left me puzzled, though: First, the NAACP's recognition of Sterling -- twice -- as a business leader of merit and second, the number of Internet responders who defended Sterling and questioned why anyone should be offended or consider him to be a racist.

Sometimes I think we have a long way to go.

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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