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Another Donald Sterling Lawsuit: Different Chick; Same Shtick

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I’m fat and happy. Thanks, NBA!

Just when you thought the world would leave accused serial bigot, philanderer and new billionaire Donald Sterling alone comes this report (from TMZ, no less).

Apparently, Donald Sterling has a history of racist commentary and sexual harassment.

It feels like only yesterday when one V. Stiviano adopted the persona of a Daft Punk backup dancer, recorded Sterling re-enacting a scene from ‘American History X’, and proceed to help the NBA  make him rich beyond his wildest dreams force him to sell the LA Clippers. That was a forced hurl off the cliff into a sea of prejudicial despair.

But, as we hear in game shows, there’s more…

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Donald Sterling’s Apology Tour Swings by an Historically Black L.A. Church

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Pic via ABC 13

The latest version of Donald Sterling‘s attempt to extend his period of infamy to twenty full minutes might strike the average reader as a bit misguided: the soon-to-be-former Clippers owner showed up at the predominately Black Zion Baptist church in downtown Los Angeles yesterday armed with a full film crew and a couple of bodyguards who resembled slightly less intimidating versions of The Mountain.

Those dudes weren’t there to break skulls, though. They simply wanted to help their boss enjoy the “warm welcome” he received from the congregation at the “beautiful” service.

Your short, painfully awkward video after the jump.

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Donald Sterling (Obviously) Never Sought PR or Legal Counsel

We know, we know: words can’t express how little you want to read yet another post about Donald Sterling and the many stupid things he’s done to ensure his own date with infamy.

We do, however, feel it’s appropriate to point out one painfully obvious thing revealed by the Anderson Cooper interview and subsequent analysis via Sports Illustrated:

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Two Weeks Later: Donald Sterling ‘Apologizes’ for Racist Rant

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Dear Donald, We look forward to seeing you at our next pep rally. Love, Grandmaster of the KKK.

Arguably, the most important rule to crisis communications is own it quickly. In fact, be the first to comment! Donald Sterling had a crisis with his NBA team, Los Angeles Clippers, because of a few (dozen) bigoted comments about black people. (MEMO to Donnie: You are so not in the right business.)

Understanding he was losing interest in the team, experienced in-fighting among his team, and his own coach even refused to lead said team if Sterling still owned it, he had a major crisis on his hands. So, he does what most rich people do, “Meh!”

And then apologizes two weeks later. Kinda.

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The NAACP Takes a PR Hit In The Donald Sterling Debacle

adam silverCommissioner Adam Silver was everyone’s hero on Tuesday when he announced that Donald Sterling would be banned for life from the NBA after the league confirmed that was in fact his voice on a recording filled with racist and sexist remarks. (Was there ever any doubt?)

Not only that, Sterling has to hand over $2.5 million for charity — not much for a billionaire, but it’s the principal — and Silver says he’s going to press to get the LA Clippers sold to a different owner. Not only did Silver call the comments “offensive,” but he said they were “harmful,” which connotes something deeper, more serious and more corrosive.  Boom. Boom. Boom.

While he and the league are being given credit for handling the situation swiftly and effectively (well, by almost everyone), there have been a lot of questions about how the NAACP could have seen fit to give Sterling not one, but two lifetime achievement awards. The second one was meant to be handed out next month at the organization’s annual convention, but was rescinded on Monday. Even then, the LA chapter’s president Leon Jenkins said there is “room to forgive.”

It looks as though the NBA has been much tougher on Sterling than the NAACP has. And some are saying that it could be because Sterling donated money and Clippers tickets to the organization.

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The Clippers Play Defense to Protect Their Brand

The big question in our minds yesterday afternoon was “How will the L.A. Clippers respond to the biggest/most annoying news story of the week (especially while still playing in the first round of the NBA playoffs)?”

The answer is a pretty good case study in keep-it-simple real-time marketing–the team just replaced its logo with the statement image atop its homepage (note the URL nba.com/clippers/one):

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Have to love the consistency in messaging.

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Let’s Hope Donald Sterling’s Lifetime Ban Ends This Story

So NBA commissioner Adam Silver decided to ban Donald Sterling from the league for life and fine him $2.5 million bucks in addition to attempting to force him to sell his team.

You heard it; we all heard it. The appropriate celebrities weighed in.

Thought Leader Mark Cuban agrees, despite telling ESPN that such a move might mark a “slippery slope“:

Magic Johnson also agrees:

That pretty much covers it, then. Video after the jump in case you missed anything.

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Ashley McCown on How the NBA Should Respond to Its Donald Sterling Problem

Now that everyone in the world has grown far too familiar with L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling‘s personal opinions, The Donald has weighed in to tell us that it’s all the girlfriend’s fault, and most of the team’s big-name sponsors have realized that they might just have somewhere else to be, the big question remains: what should the NBA do to address and minimize this controversy?

In this exclusive clip, Solomon McCown & Company president and friend of the site Ashley McCown took the opportunity to offer the league some of the most level-headed advice it will receive today:

In short, Sterling is toxic to every organization involved in the story.

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L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Doesn’t Like Basketball or Black People

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Hey Donald, Clip this!

ICYMI over the weekend, Donald Sterling is still the worst NBA team owner in the entire league. However, the reasons behind that conclusion got much more personal as he has discovered a way to offend 100 percent of the teams, coaches, and fans with one fatal wag of his malevolent tongue.

Essentially, Captain Cretin here is dating a woman of mixed descent who obviously adores his beautiful mind (wink wink), and he isn’t keen on the idea of her bringing some friends to his team’s games or posing in pictures with other well-known NBA legends.

And yes, he was very specific about the kind of friends he doesn’t like.

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