Donald Sterling:Egomaniac


Anyone who has lived in LA for the past 15 years knows that Donald Sterling suffers from an acute case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder that perhaps has no equal in the U.S. with the possible exception of Donald Trump. Symptoms include:

  • Expects to be recognized as superior and special, without superior accomplishments
  • Expects constant attention, admiration and positive reinforcement from others
  • Envies others and believes others envy him/her
  • Is preoccupied with thoughts and fantasies of great success, enormous attractiveness, power, intelligence
  • Lacks the ability to empathize with the feelings or desires of others
  • Is arrogant in attitudes and behavior
  • Has expectations of special treatment that are unrealistic

Both Donalds excel at putting their name on tall ugly apartment buildings and then taking out full page advertisements showing off their phallic towers. Sterling was worse in that not a month would go by when he didn’t buy a full page ad in the LA Times noting an award he had purchased from some poor broke charity. That a doddering old racist could be regularly honored as the “Humanitarian of the Year” only demonstrates how corrupt the charity banquet business is. That the local chapter of the NAACP would close its eyes and ears to twenty years of Sterling’s mistreatment of minorities in return for a fat check, is especially sad.

But now that the NBA has banned Sterling for life, we can appreciate some lessons from the last four days. The first is that the players really have the power in the NBA. That they spoke with one voice calling for the maximum penalty closed off any lighter sanctions that the other owners (having tolerated Sterling for years), might have preferred. The second lesson is that there is still a generational divide on race in this country. Crackers like Cliveden Bundy and Donald Sterling grew up in the 1940’s and 1950’s when the easy prejudice of their cohorts was tolerated. Listening to the tape of Sterling, I kept thinking, “Elgin Baylor was right. Sterling sounds like a plantation owner not wanting the slaves to come up on the porch.”

Hopefully. this will all be over soon. Sterling will realize that he is persona non grata in LA, will sell the team and move to Florida, next door to Donald Trump where they will live out their days complaining about the “girlfriends from hell.”

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