Ex-Clipper: Sterling has been the worst owner in professional sports for decades

matt-fish-exnbaWhile in his interview to CNN, LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling claimed he was no racist and said that he was spending millions to help the minorities, there are people who simply do not believe a word he said.

Former LA Clippers’ center Matt Fish said Sterling “is grasping at straws”.

“He is attempting to take the bullets out of the gun that he loaded himself,” Fish recently wrote on his “SportsBlog” blog. “By playing the victim, an 80 year old foolish man with cancer, whose words have been misunderstood, he is reaching for anything to grasp onto.”

Fish urges “not to believe a word” Sterling says.

“Sterling has been the worst owner in professional sports for decades,” Fish adds.

“He needs to go away quietly, but the media will not allow him to.  The sensationalism of this situation is too huge. This stuff cannot be made up. And is cued up perfectly for the media to hook their wagons grit their teeth and hang onto this bumpy ride,” former LA Clippers center wrote.

He warns that while “people love to see others fail, Americans are programmed to forgive”, and this will happen to Sterling too.

“When the media has squeezed the last bit of humility out of Donald and the check has been written to sell the team, the journey of Donald Sterling will go down in history as one of the biggest “mistakes” a person could make,” Fish said.

A 1992 second-round selection by the Golden State Warriors, Fish made his NBA debut in 1994 with the Los Angeles Clippers. His rookie season with the Clippers was perhaps his finest, as Fish averaged nearly five points in 14 minutes per game.

The 6’11 center played for LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets, NY Knicks and Miami Heat during his NBA career. Fish played a total of 50 games in NBA (9 started), averaging 3.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg in 10.2 mpg.

Sterling has recently been caught in one of the most outrageous scandals in the NBA. On April 25, 2014, TMZ Sports released what it said is an April 9, 2014 audio recording of a conversation between Sterling and his former girlfriend.

Sterling was recorded making racist and outrageous statements in the conversation. An NBA investigation, which included an interview with Sterling, determined the voice to be authentic. Following the investigation, NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life from the NBA and fined him $2.5 million after a firestorm of controversy.

The move was praised by many former NBA players, including Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kevin Johnson and Charles Barkley.


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