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Once you begin to stereotype people instead of judging them based on the merit, you begin to reach all sorts of erroneous conclusions. Although Clippers owner Donald Sterling is now infamous for telling his girlfriend not to bring blacks to his games, it turns out he stereotypes whites as well, according to Clippers player J.J. Redick.
Redick, who is white, says he had an agreed upon $27 million dollar deal to play for the Clippers but it was almost torpedoed by Sterling’s regressive views on race. Sterling apparently had issues with paying big bucks to a white player and those reservations almost scuttled the deal.
Sterling had once paid Chris Kaman a five-year, $52 million deal and that deal didn’t pan out well for the Clippers, so Sterling thought investing big money in white players was a mistake.
“I’ve been told both ways: one, that he didn’t want to pay me because I was white, and that he didn’t want to pay me because I was a bench player,” Redick said, according to USA Today. “I didn’t know (the deal almost fell apart) until after the fact. I just got a weird phone call from Doc on July 4, and I got off the phone and said to my wife, ‘Something’s going on.’ He’s like, ‘You better play for me (expletive).’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s the plan. We figured this out two days ago, right?’
“And then he just rambled a bit. … but he never really got into the nuts and bolts of what was happening. And then I got a call about 48 hours later from my agent, and he said, ‘We wanted to keep you out of it, but here’s what happened.'”
It may seem strange that Redick still wanted to play for the Clippers after learning about Sterling’s antiquated views on race, but when asked about that he says, “I wanted to play for Doc.” He says he wanted to play for coach Doc Rivers, who’d been given a lot of decision making power, and he wanted to be a part of the team. He says as a player, you sometimes ignore what goes on with the owner and focus on your coaches and teammates.