I’m sure many of you have watched the unbelievable situation relating to the NBA’s Los Angeles Clipper’s owner, Donald Sterling, unfold. After making awful, racist comments, lying to the media and others, bashing beloved NBA Legend, Businessman and Philanthropist, Magic Johnson, and a ridiculous interview with Anderson Cooper that was aired over the course of 3 days, it’s time for this man to go away!
Today Sterling announced that he will fight the NBA to remove his lifetime ban and said he will not pay the $2.5 million dollar fine imposed on him. What a travesty!
As he bashed Magic Johnson, saying “he’s not a good role model for children” I thought to myself “and you are?!” Something you always hear me talk about is learned behavior… what do you think our children are learning from this…? What types of thoughts do they have on this topic, if in fact they’re aware of it?
I personally believe that this is a parenting opportunity… a teachable moment. While not easy, comfortable topics to talk about with our children, this is life! I challenge all of you to use this situation for the positive. Use this as a case study of what is wrong, and what not to do. Talk about how many people this has hurt, not to the least of which are Sterling’s own family and brand. Let’s use this opportunity to talk about bad choices and consequences, why lying and cheating are never the answer and why there is no place in our world today for racism. I choose to teach truth and tolerance and encourage my kids to celebrate differences. I hope you’ll join me!