Our hour on controversial comments from Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling -- who was formally banned from NBA games and facilities for life by the National Basketball Association late Tuesday afternoon — dug into a few of the stickier issues of his racist commentary as a reflection on our broader society.
"Sterling is so far divorced from the realities of life and society, it is stunning," guest Kevin Blackistone told us yesterday. But the ban — and the $2.5 million league-ordered fine — show that the NBA is well-aware of the realities of the modern media landscape.
Blackistone — whose very excellent Guardian column from yesterday is worth a read in light of some the questions members of the media brought during today's press conference.
"This is racism at a sensationalized level and it isn't dealing with the systematic things," Blackistone told us.