Medved: Steve Ballmer should buy LA Clippers

By Neal McNamara | April 30, 2014
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The saga of racist LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is – hopefully – nearing its end after the NBA on Tuesday announced it would ban him for life and fine him $2.5 million.

One last item before Sterling is gone from the headlines for now is for the NBA board of governors to force Sterling to sell the team.  The rumor mill says that all sorts of celebrities, including Oprah, Magic Johnson, and David Geffen, are interested in buying the team.

But in a cross talk on the Sterling issue with host Ben Shapiro, Michael Medved says that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer should buy the team and bring the Sonics back to Seattle.

“The point over here is who he’s going to sell it to at this point,” Medved said. “We want Steve Ballmer to buy it, bring it up here.”

Shapiro and hosts David Boze and Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the Sterling punishment, praising it as necessary, but still condemning its lateness due to Sterling’s past racist deeds.

Limbaugh said that the NBA’s banning and fining Sterling over a tape recording provides cover for their ignoring his past racist actions.

“Everybody in the NBA has known this about Donald Sterling for years, and I think it’s quite telling that in response to a question the commissioner said, ‘No, no, no, no, it has nothing to do with anything in Sterling’s past,’ because that provides cover for a lot of people who looked the other way,” Limbaugh said. “It only has to do with what happened on the tape.”

Shapiro was still wondering why the NBA was only taking action after Sterling said something in what he thought was a private conversation. He has a history of racist actions, including discriminatory housing practices.

“I don’t understand why the why the country has become OK with being the thought police. Donald Sterling has been a racist for 30 years. Wouldn’t it have been more appropriate to be outraged when he was discriminating against black people in housing, not when he makes a private comment to his mistress?” Shapiro wondered.

David Boze said that the NBA has been dead to him since the organization took the Seattle Sonics and moved the team to Oklahoma City. He couldn’t help but see some irony in Sterling being banned from ever attending a game or being seen with his team forever.

“I think there’s a great cosmic justice of him not being able to pose or being with the team,” which is mostly comprised of blacks, Boze said.

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