Silver lining in Sterling case

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  • Holloway is a senior journalism major from Macon.

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Shakeem Holloway

While Adam Silver should be celebrated for his decision to force Donald Sterling out of the NBA and take $2.5 million of shopping money out of his pocket, the silver lining in this story is being missed.

Like the downfall of many men, Sterling’s despicable thoughts, or as Dexter Morgan would call it Sterling’s “dark passenger,” were brought to light by a woman.

Since Silver announced the lifetime ban, the focus in the media has been on who should own the Clippers, Silver’s decision to ban Sterling, the reactions of people throughout the nation and the question of V. Stiviano’s character.

The media is questioning whether she was Sterling’s girlfriend or mistress while he was married. Although I’m sure 2 Chainz would be proud of Sterling, none of that should matter to you. The media has a job to do, which is to provide the public with factual information.

How you feel about Stiviano is up to you, but if you stand for equality you should be thankful for Stiviano. She did the league a service leaking the tapes of a conversation between her and Sterling, allegedly speaking that is.

She is now being sued by Sterling’s wife according to and will face the harsh criticism of the public, as the world and the trial will shed a different light on her character. Stiviano is a minority herself, she is of African-American and Mexican descent.

And of course she will be judged in the public court of perception. “He got set up by a very, very bad girlfriend, let’s face it. She’s called ‘the girlfriend from hell,’” Donald Trump said, according

If you’re supportive of Silver’s decision and the ousting of Sterling as owner, then support Stiviano as she gets crucified in the public light by people such as Trump.

Some people are going to tell you now that we’ve come a long way as a country and that Adam Silver is a hero. Some of that may be true, but racism still exists and it will always exist. Just as racism and ignorance exist, heroes exist. And for every racist person, there is a V. Stiviano.