*OK. I guess a recent interview with GQ magazine caught our boy Dave Chappelle having a “moment.” He said – apparently with a straight face – that he doesn’t think it was fair to force Donald Sterling to sell the team he has owned for 33 seasons, the Los Angeles Clippers. This, he says, in spite of the “awful” racial remarks made by the tenured businessman in a private phone conversation.
Well, with a straight face, I am thinking, “We’re talking about racist-ass Donald Sterling. Why should “fair” be part of the equation?”
Chappelle, 41, said that, ultimately, he doesn’t think the 80-year-old “Sterling should have lost his team.”
“I don’t like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful,” he explained.
Though on a very clear day many of us might see where Chappelle is coming from as far as fairness is concerned; those same folks are probably saying, “Who said life was fair” and “Why should this rule apply to someone like Sterling?” After all, if it wasn’t for the recording, we would have never learned what we came to know about ‘ol man Sterling and his feelings; which is important in this case because the very people he admits to despising make up most of the members on his Clippers team. Now the way we came to know this may not have been the best method, but does that make it any less essential?
An audiotape, secretly recorded by Sterling’s black girlfriend, had the businessman expecting her to condone his racial prejudices. But she released the tape, and once that happened, so did an immediate uproar.
After weeks of protests by fans and team members, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the NBA and fined him $2.5 million. His wife later sold the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, a deal that Sterling contested in court.
Chappelle covered the subject in his Radio City show and according to what he told the magazine, was more concerned with the fact that Sterling’s possessions were taken away based on what he said in private.
“When you think about the intimacy of a situation, like, can a man just chill with his mistress in peace?” he said. “I just don’t like when things like that happen, because if they take [expletive] away for things that people say that are objectionable, I may not have anything in a few years. Granted, I don’t think I say [expletive] like ‘Stop bringing white people to my game.'”
And therein lies the difference, Mr. Chappelle. Especially since the team that is bringing in so much of your bankroll is essentially made up of the very race you despise.
Chappelle returned to comedy with an eight-day run at Radio City Music Hall in June after an eight-year hiatus.