Don’t Cry for Donald Sterling

Poor, poor Donald Sterling. He’s having his beloved basketball team pried out of his hands and all he’ll get for it is about four times more than anyone has ever gotten before for selling a NBA franchise. At two billion dollars, it’s second only to the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the history of American sports. Thanks, Steve Ballmer, for really showing that Donald Sterling. I’m sure he’s learned his lesson.

Of course, the sale isn’t finalized and Sterling’s a little crazy so who knows if he’ll sign on the dotted line. I suspect he will, though, since he only paid 12.5 million dollars for the team back in 1981. The capital gains taxes will be so huge that they’ll probably balance the nation’s budget.

Sad to think that Donald Sterling probably stands to make more money for being a racist than anyone since the abolition of slavery.

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Martin Longman

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