That’s what the majority of people are calling for against the owner of the LA Clippers, Donald Sterling, who was recorded by his mistress saying incredibly despicable and racist things. Sterling’s punishment, just handed down by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, is a lifetime ban from the sport of basketball along with a $2.5 million dollar fine! Woot!! The fine is the maximum allowed, and there is still a chance (likelihood) that the rest of the NBA owners will vote and force Sterling to sell the team. As my 7 year old said when he saw Sterling’s face on the front page of the paper this morning, “He’s gross!” Indeed, the beliefs expressed in the recordings are racist and vile and completely unacceptable. That is certainly the bigger issue here, but I can’t seem to escape wanting to point a finger at the mistress as well, she clearly had motive and will certainly enjoy 15 minutes as a result. Oh well, that’s for another outlet to cover. There are allegedly 100 hours of rants by this guy that will only incriminate him further. We don’t need to hear it. We know he’s a racist and we need to shut him down and not give a forum to his thoughts and beliefs. We need to stand together as a community and let the “closet bigots” know we won’t stand for this kind of talk. But, as we do that, we need to take care not to punish the innocents here, like the guys on the LA Clippers basketball team. They are just doing what they love and trying to be the best they can be under the circumstances. They still have to wear the jersey, and still have to show up for playoff games. It’s tied right now against the Golden State Warriors and the whole country will be watching! The team members shouldn’t be made to hang their heads in shame because of the awful things uttered by a meaningless individual. I’ve always been a Laker fan (don’t ask), but for the rest of the series at least, I will be a Clippers fan, because I can’t imagine how hard it must be for this team to show up and still do their best in the face of all this madness. I will stand with them and let them know that I understand these disgusting thoughts are not theirs and they shouldn’t be punished as well. Will you stand with me?