NBA Star David West Goes Off On Twitter About Donald Sterling


 

By Jay Kirell

 

Criticism of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been coming in a torrent from across the sports universe.  Former Lakers legend Magic Johnson already stated he won’t be attending games as long as Sterling owns the franchise.  Current Lakers legend Kobe Bryant tweeted out he couldn’t see himself playing for an owner like Sterling.  NBA legends Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neil and James Worthy also had harsh words for the most controversial owner in the league.

But they all paled in comparison to the reaction of one current player, Indiana Pacers forward David West, who took to Twitter on Saturday and unleashed a blistering critique of Sterling and race relations in society:

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These tweets followed West’s earlier comments to the Indianapolis Star Tribune, where he said:

“You can’t be naïve about the thoughts and mindsets of people in this country,” said West, who while in Atlanta, recalled Dr. Martin Luther King who lived and pastored a church in the city before his assassination. “When Dr. King became a national figure after the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, he wasn’t aware that people like Donald Sterling existed. The closeted bigots, the closeted racists. In the South, racism was something that was out in the open, but for that guy, his type of racism is more dangerous because it’s hidden. It takes a private conversation or a leaked phone call … for it to come out.”

West graduated from Xavier with a bachelor of arts degree in Communications.

 

 

 

 

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