Knicks Executive Larry Johnson No Different Than Donald Sterling

SterlingAs the finger wagging continues and the backlash against Clippers owner Donald Sterling continues, some executives like New York Knicks business operations representative, Larry Johnson may need to step back and look in the mirror. Following the racist comments that have ignited a firestorm and completely overshadowed the exciting first round of games, recent comments made by Larry Johnson come off as being no different than the now banned-for-life owner.

Larry Johnson, the ex-Knicks player and now member of the executive office for the Knicks has recently made statements that seemingly call for an all-black league. A tweet sent out by Johnson, under the name @TheRealLJ2 says that black people are focusing on the wrong thing, saying that “We should be focusing on having our own, Own League.”

In a wise decision on Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Sterling banned the Clippers owner for life, and fined him $2.5 million for his racist remarks. The only issue with this ruling is that it could potentially open a major can of worms, and if racist and indecent remarks now become ground for league banishment, they might find that there are a lot of skeletons in the closets of owners, players, coaches, and individuals associated with teams and organizations. Comments made by Larry Johnson, an acting executive in the league was put out there for the world to see, but yet the media buzz has been nearly non-existent surrounding his comments. It is worth contemplating how his comments are any different than Donald Sterling’s.

In a day and age when society would like to believe that racism and hatred is a thing of the past, those beliefs are quickly dropped on their head when comments from powerful figures go public. There is no denying that hatred and discrimination still exists, and at times the hatred that bubbles just below the surface or is locked behind closed doors makes its way to the surface into the lights of the NBA playoff season. Only then do people stand to listen, and only then does the public take notice and react. It is appalling when things like this happen, and it reminds everyone of a past that was not so pleasant, and makes people question their historical ancestors. It reminds people of a darker time—a time that should not be forgotten, but remembered so that it will not happen again. Reminders can be difficult, but they are important so that people can move forward and live their lives. As individuals, people can only strive to treat each other fairly as they live in a society of many mixed cultures, religions and beliefs.

Comments made by former Knicks great, and now current executive Larry Johnson does not move the conversation forward—instead it moves it backwards, and for that he needs to take a step back, look in the mirror and ask who the hateful person is in this case. If his answer is only pointing the figure at someone else, instead of right back at the face staring back at him, he needs to question his own thought process.

This past week has been a complete media blitz that has brought race relations to the forefront. It has been bad for everyone, and the attention it has received sets our society back as opposed to driving it forward. The problem is, even though Donald Sterling has been handed one of the harshest punishments imaginable, there are always going to be guys like Larry Johnson that remind everyone that this is not strictly a white versus black issue, or a black versus white issue, this is a universal issue. Larry Johnson is a reminder to people that hatred runs far deeper than the occasional bigot owner, and that it can seep far deeper than what people have wanted to believe.

Commentary by Johnny Caito
@JohnnyCaito

Sources:
CBS
Washington Times

34 Responses to "Knicks Executive Larry Johnson No Different Than Donald Sterling"

  1. Guisepp Petri   June 13, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Dan they make an excellent living that way

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  2. Omari Tahir   May 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    FYI
    Mr. Sterling is a typical “EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL BUSINESS MAN” operating on the land PIRATED FROM THE NATIVE PEOPLE AND DEVELOPED BY AFRICAN:”SLAVE LABOR” THROUGH GENOCIDAL TERRORISM !!!! LIKE HIS FELLOW EURO DESCENDANT BANKERS, MOVIE EXECUTIVES. INDUSTRIALISTS, POLITICIANS, CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, EVANGELICAL AND OTHER “WHITE JESUS” RELIGIOUS LEADERS. The “WHITE SUPREMACY COURT” has ruled in the DRED SCOTT CASE THAT “A BLACK MAN HAS NO RIGHTS A WHITE MAN IS BOUND TO RESPECT”? What is new???? “THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME”??? IT IS TIME THE AFRICAN AMERICAN BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS FORM AND CONTROL THEY OWN MULTI ETHNIC LEAGUES AND THEN MERGE WITH THE NBA AND NFL!!!!! PLANTATIONS SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN JUST “WHITE” OWNERS IN 2014 FORWARD OR THE BLACK HORSES DON’T RUN!!!!…………….. TALENT EQUALS CONTROL.??????? Omari Tahir (omariAfrinet@yahoo.com) FOUNDER African American Heritage Museum and Culture Center and AFRICATOWN SEATTLE (SUPER SONICS).

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  3. dan   May 11, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    ive never heard another group of people complain and play victim more than blacks. you werent the only group in history to experince opression so stop acting like the world is against you. jews, irish, italians, cubans, asians have all delt with this and none of them at like this. jews had it way worse than you guys did and they dont hate every german person like how it seems every black person blames a white for their struggles.

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  4. dan   May 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    blacks are more racist then any other race out there, yet theyre always complaining the world is against them. weve had equality for 40 solid years now. half of you on here probably arent even that old, so stfu. its only racist when its against blacks right? this is why every other race fing hates you

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    • Judge_314   May 12, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Is that really the reason? Why hate ANYBODY?? Such a waste of energy…

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  5. omaritahir   May 10, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Mr. Sterling is a typical “EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL BUSINESS MAN” operating on the land PIRATED FROM THE NATIVE PEOPLE AND DEVELOPED BY AFRICAN:”SLAVE LABOR” THROUGH GENOCIDAL TERRORISM !!!! LIKE HIS FELLOW EURO DESCENDANT BANKERS, MOVIE EXECUTIVES. INDUSTRIALISTS, POLITICIANS, CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, EVANGELICAL AND OTHER “WHITE JESUS” RELIGIOUS LEADERS. The “WHITE SUPREMACY COURT” has ruled in the DRED SCOTT CASE THAT “A BLACK MAN HAS NO RIGHTS A WHITE MAN IS BOUND TO RESPECT”? What is new???? “THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME”??? IT IS TIME THE AFRICAN AMERICAN BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS FORM AND CONTROL THEY OWN MULTI ETHNIC LEAGUES AND THEN MERGE WITH THE NBA AND NFL!!!!! PLANTATIONS SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN JUST “WHITE” OWNERS IN 2014 FORWARD OR THE BLACK HORSES DON’T RUN!!!!…………….. TALENT EQUALS CONTROL.??????? Omari Tahir (omariAfrinet@yahoo.com) FOUNDER African American Heritage Museum and Culture Center and AFRICATOWN SEATTLE (SUPER SONICS).

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  6. Thomas loutros   May 2, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Who cares. They can’t form their own league bc there are too many obstacles to avoid. I’m sure most contracts have a non compete clause. Next, tv contracts with all the top networks. Third, who’s going to pay for all the tickets to watch the games? Do whites not attend games? And let’s be honest, I would say about 75% of first section seats (the ones that cost the most) are bought by white people. Leads me to the next problem.. Stadiums. You think all the owners of the nba are just going to let you play in their stadiums lol. Larry Johnson is an idiot and although he tried to sound sophisticated and competent by saying that, he’s a moron for saying it. Because whites and blacks need each other to move forward. Not seperate again like this idiot wants.

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  7. Frank   May 1, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Are you kidding me you idiot?? Tell you what white people own 80 percent of the wealth in this country would you perfect it all white!!! Racism is wrong no matter where the hell it comes from!! Larry Johnson was wrong!! You need to travel the world to understand what we have here!! Our diversity is what make us the strongest country I’m the world! Get a clue you racist!

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  8. Justus   May 1, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Fascinating are u serious? Johnson wanted to make a statement about the NBA being 80% black and only have one black owner which is the greatest player of all time. He basically said “We should not be angry”. The former players have the financial resources to establish their own league. What in the world is racist about that? He didn’t say that white players cannot play in this league. Stop jumping to conclusions. How dare u compare this to a 80 year old sugar daddy that loves Black women, but hates the black male athletes he employs. Cmon now. This man has a history of practicing racism. Discrimination issues in housing. Are u kidding me. DOJ went after Mr Sterling due to his racism. No comparison sorry.

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  9. David Sheffield   April 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I should have said, “Racism is racism no matter who does it. Racism is wrong no matter how justified it may seem. Racism is ignorant no matter how intelligent the racist.”

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  10. David Sheffield   April 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Racism is racism no matter which way it comes from. Racism is wrong no matter which way it comes from. Racism is ignorant no matter which way it comes from.

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  11. melicia   April 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Not the same and you know it.

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    • jetsfan19666   April 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      why is it not the same… please explain it to me.. .johnson is being racist, he wants to create a league that doesn’t have whites, hispanic, etc…. why is it not the same?

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      • gannsberg   May 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm

        I believe his sentiment was that Black athletes should be enterprising and use their resources to make their own league–as owners. Which would not necessarily mean that only black people would be involved. But I definitely don’t equate the two.

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    • JoshWolf   April 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Oh I get it, because its only racist if its against black people! Ahhh. Please, Melicia, tell us about your african-american struggles in America.

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  12. Ryan   April 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I think it’s interesting the role that social media and technology played in all of this. I mean, the guy was upset about pictures on instagram and likely being recorded by a smartphone, and outed by tmz. This whole thing would not have happened ten years ago.

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  13. knifesharpeningguide   April 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Larry Johnson calling for an all Black league is not cool in my opinion. That only separates us further.

    Now let’s look at the facts:

    The NBA is *already* owned by 98% White people, and it always has been… So it’s ALREADY a White league, and has always been lol. So he’s already operating in an industry that is has stagnant existing segregation. If her WERE in fact as “bad” as Sterling for his comments, he would have to own a team of players who were over 90% White, and then explicitly say he does not want White people to attend his games, or fraternize with his mistress, especially Larry Bird.

    And ya know, throw on 400+ years of oppression and slavery for white people to make it look WAY worse. Then we’d have a similar situation.

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  14. jetsarestacked   April 30, 2014 at 7:24 am

    how is it racist if a group of black people came together and started their own basketball league? it’s only racist if they excluded non blacks from participating at all. what he said isn’t remotely racist at all.

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    • Hillary Hoffman   April 30, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Because an all black league implies that non blacks won’t play!

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  15. ptrick   April 30, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Blacks sold blacks into slavery…. people often forget this….

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  16. Mike   April 30, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Larry’s comments are just as bad as Donald’s. He is just a racist pig. No better then the next. He should be dragged through the media just like Donald has been and Larry should be an outcast! Will any of that happen….No of course not.
    It’s ok for a black man to make racist comments, but not ok for a white to do it.

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  17. Ummah Sports (@UmmahSports)   April 30, 2014 at 1:49 am

    White people always bring that up: “What if there was a White Student Union? What if there was a White Entertainment Television network? That’s REVERSE RACISM!”

    And they keep forgetting that the reason that minority groups have to create their own organizations and outlets is because they would otherwise be — or have historically been — denied opportunities in mainstream society.

    There isn’t a NAAWP because there doesn’t have to be. Society itself is set up for the advancement of White people. Really, the sound of White people complaining about how unfair life is for them is one of the world’s most annoying sounds.

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    • jack   April 30, 2014 at 3:49 am

      funny because the sound of black people complaining is quite annoying as well ^^

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    • Hendrick   April 30, 2014 at 5:32 am

      There is no such thing as reverse racism, racism is racism. I find Larry’s comments no better than Sterling’s.

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    • John Edge   April 30, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Didn’t they change the rules of basketball for blacks? I wouldn’t say the advancement part is is set up for white people in society. I think you walking into a slippery slope with that one in 2014. Now, in 1950, I would agree with you Ummah, but complaining what guys like Jackie Robinson, MLK, Jim Brown went through is nothing what goes on today. Sterlings comments were offensive and Larry Johnson is offensive. He really wants to segregate the NBA? After everything those guys I mentioned went through? Guys like Larry Johnson, who I think sucked btw, is living off everyone else that made the sacrifices.

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      • Kadeem   April 30, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        though the 1950s implemented measures and systems that still reverberate today. See: Public Schools, the property tax system, and the subsequent allocation of resources.

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  18. J   April 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Larry Johnson has been complaining about the overly white executives for almost two decades. He’s made it clear in the past that he feels this is horribly unbalanced… 95 percent white in the offices and 95 percent on the court, and it’s barely changing.

    So sure, Twitter was a terrible place to make this point as every tweet is basically out of context. But he’s not asking for new segregation, he’s making a point about the NBA’s stagnant existing segregation.

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  19. Simon Mounsey   April 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I have to wonder if Larry actually wants this, or if he’s joking around. Seems like almost an exaggerated parody.

    If he is serious, he doesn’t get the importance of what just happened today, which was about uniting all races.

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  20. Thiago   April 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    3rd paragraph 2nd line Adam Silver*

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  21. Steve A   April 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Oh of course reverse racism is ok , didn’t you know that. Imagine the horror if there was the NAAWP or anything of that sort. Then of course is we call out Larry Johnson we’re racist. Same as if we don’t like Obama, it can’t because we don’t agree with his policy. It’s because of the color of his skin.

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    • Tyr Linden   April 30, 2014 at 1:40 am

      Glad to see someone else get it as well.

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    • mike noun   April 30, 2014 at 5:51 am

      Obama is white, dude. Get over yourself.
      Larry Johnson’s comment was a sarcastic remark about the lack of blacks in the front office.
      We get it, you hate Obama because he’s in the wrong political party. You’re one of those idiots who said nothing about the Patriot Act but claims Obama is taking away your freedoms. In other words a sheep.
      They are in it together.

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      • JoshWolf   April 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm

        Obama is clearly not white you moron.

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    • Kenny spooner   May 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Excuse me, they call those groups militias.

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