Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda gave a unique take on the Donald Sterling controversy to a TV station in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday. Lasorda, who is 86 and doesn't give a care what people think, distanced himself from racist comments made by Sterling, a longtime friend of his, that got him banned for life by the NBA as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Lasorda also told WPBF-TV that he hoped Sterling's former girlfriend, V. Stiviano, would get "hit with a car" for exposing Sterling by taping their private conversation and broadcasting it to the public. It's a good thing real life isn't a "Murder, She Wrote" episode, because heaven forbid anything like that should happen to Stiviano, Tommy would be a prime suspect. At least Angela Lansbury would have to come out of retirement — something we all need, if not deserve.
Here's Lasorda's entire statement:
"I've been a friend of that guy's for 30 years. It doesn't surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn't have said it. He just hurt himself by talking too much and doing things he shouldn't be doing."
"And I don't wish that girl any bad luck but I hope she gets hit with a car."
Oh, Tommy, you silly rabbit. Dodgers brass probably was holding its collective breath during his interview, hoping Tommy wouldn't be "talking too much." But you know, the way Lasorda worded his entire opinion of Sterling informs us a lot more about the situation than his comment about Stiviano getting run over.
Sterling wasn't just a guy from a certain generation that held racist social opinions and used hurtful language, a grandfather or uncle that makes you nervous at Thanksgiving when he talks about politics. His policies and practices in real estate were wrong, illegal and harmful. He caused real damage to real people. Lasorda shouldn't bear the weight of Sterling's sins, but how about this:
Don't be a friend to an admitted racist slumlord who literally ruins people's lives.
"Doing things he shouldn't be doing" is right, Tommy. If that's what you meant.
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