For Kobe Bryant, the saga of the embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling wasn’t just hurtful to the Clippers and the players in that franchise. In a recent article from ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne, Bryant said that for him, Sterling’s racist rant spoke to a much larger issue.
“Players are far more in tune with owning themselves. When [Sterling] said that, it cut deep into the spirit of progression for us. Sterling’s point of view was horrible not only for the human race but also for the small world that touches so many globally through this game we call basketball. He stunted equality and black-eyed every owner of every business where the majority of his employees are minorities. He hurt our trust in owners as a whole.”
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SOURCE: USA Today / ESPN