It’s Day 3 in the “What Sterling Said” saga. And I hate to defend a racist but.
These comments were made in a private conversation. Isn’t Sterling allowed to be a bigot behind closed doors? He didn’t know and had no reason to presume his comments were being recorded and his conversation on the record. When John Rocker made those racist comments many years ago, it was during an interview with Sports Illustrated. He was very clearly on the record. No one should feel bad for Sterling because he is a bigot and there’s nothing sad about a billionaire losing millions. But I just wonder where the line is.
I love referencing the Daniel Tosh incident where he made a rape joke in his stand up act and was forced to apologize by his bosses. He, again, said that on the record. What if someone in a Sterling-like lofty position makes a rape joke with friends and incorrectly assumed he was off the record. Normal people all have those moments where we say inappropriate things solely because we are in a bubble that those comments aren’t supposed to escape. I don’t want to live in a world where we have to treat everyone like they are an NSA or TMZ employee. But I guess I do. I’m just lucky I don’t really matter.