Man, karma’s a bitch.
But perhaps now at least we have some closure as to why the Los Angeles Clippers have long been so God-forsaken horrible.
Team owner and real estate mogul Donald Sterling has agreed to settle a U.S. Justice Department suit by paying a record $2.725 million fine alleging he refused to rent apartments to Blacks, Hispanics, and families with children.
The government formally sued Sterling in August 2006, charging he regularly engaged in discrimination practices all across L.A. County, particularly the Koreatown area. Others named in the suit were his wife, Rochelle, and the Sterling Family Trust.
In addition to the woeful Clips, Sterling owns and manages 119 apartment buildings and more than 5,000 apartment units spread across much of the state. The proposed agreement will now be considered by a federal judge for ratification.
Under current parameters, Sterling would pay a $100,000 civil penalty to the government and the remaining $2.625 million will be allocated to a fund that would pay monetary damages to harmed tenants.
See, Elgin Baylor, Elton Brand, Baron Davis, and all the other seemingly cursed Clips of years past, it was never really your fault. —Glenn Minnis