TALK ’N Text coach Norman Black hailed the decision of the NBA to ban Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling for his racist comments against African-Americans in a controversy that has transcended sports.
Black, a Baltimore native and a longtime Philippine resident, said Sterling’s comments were simply "unthinkable" as he commended NBA commissioner Adam Silver for handing down the unprecedented penalty on the Clippers owner.
“I’m very happy with the decision the commissioner handed,” said Black, when asked by reporters after Talk ‘N Text’s Game Two semifinal victory against Rain or Shine. “Just unthinkable, in this day and age.”
Aside from a lifetime ban, the NBA also slapped Sterling with a US$2.5 million fine — the maximum penalty allowable by the league while calling on other team owners to force the 80-year-old to sell the Clippers.
Black, one of two American head coaches in the PBA, said he has a firm grasp of what racism is, having grown up during the 1960s and at the height of racial discrimination in the United States.
“I grew up in the 60s. It’s amazing to me that Donald Sterling can have a US$600 million team and is paying so much black Americans to be the frontliners of his company and yet he can still hold that kind of attitude towards them,” said Black.
“There was a lot of prejudice and racism. The guy is 80 years old. I grew up in the 60s. He grew up probably in the 40s and 50s. It’s a shame that he hasn’t changed his attitude towards race,” said Black.