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‘Clipped’ Ending Explained: The Lingering Shadows of Racial Injustice in the NBA

A Still From Clipped 2024 (Photo: Clipped)

The controversy surrounding Donald Sterling, the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has left an indelible mark on the NBA and its players. The racist remarks caught on tape and leaked by his then-girlfriend, V. Stiviano, sent shockwaves throughout the league, prompting widespread condemnation and a lifetime ban from the NBA, along with a $2.5 million fine. Despite these penalties, Sterling walked away financially unscathed, never taking responsibility or apologizing for his actions. His wife, Shelly Sterling, was complicit in his behavior, making excuses for him and ultimately sticking by his side.

The impact of the scandal was far-reaching, affecting not just the Sterling household but also the team and its players. Coach Doc Rivers, who was at the helm of the Clippers at the time of the scandal, was one of the many who were deeply impacted. Rivers, a respected figure in the basketball community, was left to navigate the treacherous waters of the controversy, ultimately deciding to leave the team. The players, including stars like Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, and Jamal Crawford, were also affected, with some speaking out about the scandal and its impact on their careers.

V. Stiviano, Sterling’s then-girlfriend, was instrumental in exposing his racist remarks and paid a heavy price for her involvement. Her relationship with Sterling led to the leaked tape, which caused her to lose her duplex, as well as the lavish gifts she had received from him. She also faced a lawsuit from Shelly Sterling, further adding to her tumultuous situation.

A Still From Clipped 2024 (Photo: Clipped)

The legacy of the Sterling scandal serves as a stark reminder of the pervasive issue of racial injustice in the NBA and beyond. It highlights the systemic racism that still exists in many areas of American society, including sports. The controversy also underscores the need for greater awareness and action in addressing these issues.

For the Clippers, the Sterling scandal served as a catalyst for change, leading to a rebranding and a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion. The team has since worked to build a stronger, more inclusive culture, one that values diversity and celebrates the unique contributions of its players. While the wounds of the scandal are unlikely to fully heal anytime soon, the Clippers’ efforts offer a glimmer of hope for a brighter, more enlightened future.

Rollie D. Eldred
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Rollie is a film aficionado from LA, USA. He loves exploring international cinema and writing insightful reviews. He also looks like Chuck Norris, he gets that a lot. Get in touch with him at [email protected].

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