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If you hadn’t heard by now, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a racist.

A bit of an historic one.

A racist so big and proud that despite employing the longest tenured black general manager in NBA history (Elgin Baylor), proud owner of an NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award and a litany of black players ranging from Sam Cassell to now Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to increase his “cred” that he’s been sued by the United States Government for being a slumlord and discriminatory towards minorities looking to rent some of his apartments, held a Black History Month celebration in March and ridiculing former star player Baron Davis — while Davis played for the team.

Naturally, Sterling’s tendencies as a gross, deplorable owner in sports who believes in this rhetoric doesn’t surprise me. What also doesn’t surprise me that his latest comments to his girlfriend about black people at Clipper games, her association with black people and that she shouldn’t take in Sterling’s words, “lousy f*cking Instagrams” with black people, Magic Johnson in particular.

Now, there’s no shortage of Punnett Squares to tell Sterling off or even his girlfriend who identifies herself as mixed race but then again, there’s a larger psychoanalysis about who people choose to sleep with that I’m not even going to bother digging into. Not to mention Sterling’s rather elitist friends who share similar beliefs.

The larger binary problem with Sterling is that he, since 1982 has been the principal owner of the Los Angeles Clippers — and if the NBA hadn’t done anything about him being sued by the government over his practices, I don’t believe they’ll be doing anything about this either.

Sterling has a long history of such behavior, going back some near four decades now. Let’s begin here.

1983: Then Villanova head coach Rollie Massimino had enjoyed success in the Big East but the Clippers came courting him to be their head coach. Sterling, who had purchased the team in 1982, met Massimino in 1983 after Massimino had already met with Clipper management who loved him. Sterling’s meeting with Massimino pretty much ends the moment he shows up with a mistress (he’s been married since 1957 and his wife is suing girlfriend for sleeping with him), champagne and asks Massimino, “I wanna know why you think you can coach these niggers.”

Needless to say Massimino went back to Villanova and wound up winning the 1985 national championship.

2003: In sworn testimony Sterling is on record in regards to Koreans, blacks, children and more about living in his properties. Among the lowlights – “That’s because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they’re not clean.” […] “Is she one of those black people that stink? […] Just evict the bitch.” Sterling settled.

2003: In another case, this time regarding an old mistress, Sterling testified that he paid her every time they had sex. “When you pay a woman for sex, you are not together with her. You’re paying her for a few moments to use her body for sex. Is it clear? Is it clear?” See? Not just a racist but a sexist womanizer as well.

The list goes on and on, including Baylor saying Sterling likened the job to “a vision of a Southern plantation” type structure. Yeah, let’s just say “The Donald” is a rather deplorable human being.