I decided NOT to draft any Washington players (apologies to them) on my #fantasyfootball team in deference to those offended by team name.We wrote about the unseriousness of the NBA: Lakers take money from Apartheid practicing Tribe in April.
— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) August 11, 2014
The NBA stood up today and fined NBA CLIPPERS owner Donald Sterling $2.5 Million and banned him for life. Now, he will be forced to sell the team and make $700 Million and live out the rest of his life in luxury.
Left unresolved is the NBA's inaction on taking sponsorships from Indian tribes, particularly Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, from Temecula, that sponsors the Los Angeles Lakers, the "other" NBA franchise. They also sponsor the Angels.
Now the NBA has been informed about the Apartheid that Pechanga practices on Indian people on their reservation. We detail that here: Pechanga’s Apartheid Reservation. We wrote to then NBA Commissioner David Stern and Laker's owner, Jerry Buss about this sponsor in 2008:
GET SERIOUS Jeanie. Look at the REAL ISSUES affecting Indian Country, rather than the LOW HANGING fruit of a STUPID NICKNAME.
Disenrollment is offensive, Apartheid is offensive, YOUR SPONSOR Pechanga is an abusive Tribe.