Filmmaker and NBA Radio personality Spike Lee had a front row seat for the press conference at which embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life. Lee has long had an association with the league and some of its most famous players.
Spike was pretty happy about the news.
Radio host Larry Elder sardonically wondered if the NBA will ban Lee for racist sentiments he has expressed publicly in the past.
If Sterling is unfit to own a team now that he’s expressed racial animosity, what about Spike Lee? A courtside fixture at Knicks games, Lee once said he dislikes interracial couples: “I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street.” Should the NBA investigate the suitability of an expressed hater of interracial couples to have such a prominent perch at the Garden? Spike Lee hates interracial relationships. Donald Sterling hates being in one. Soul brothers! Bet Spike could score some courtside seats.
Granted, the taped comments by Sterling were probably just the final straw in a pattern of behavior. However, if the NBA banned Sterling using the recording as the sole justification, it raises the question, “How racist is too racist for the NBA?”