Black radio host Kevin Jackson says Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling should not be disciplined in any way for the alleged racist remarks he made in a telephone conversation with his girlfriend.
"I disagree that they should do anything to this man. The average person has no clue who they work for, they don't know their politics, they don't know their private conversations," Jackson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"This man's private conversation happened to leak out. He was going to get an award for the NAACP for being such a humanitarian towards blacks, and suddenly he's racist.
"As a black person I will tell you that's a silly thing to say, it's a silly thing to think, but to actually say he should lose his business, he should lose his franchise?"
According to website TMZ, Sterling told his girlfriend he didn't want her to bring black people to his games after she posted a photo of herself with Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson on Instagram.
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The National Basketball Association has launched an investigation into Sterling's comments and is expected to take some kind of action this week.
Jackson, author of the book "The BIG Black Lie"
and part of a Newsmax panel discussing the Sterling remarks, urged that no action be taken against the businessman.
Another panel member, Grace-Marie Turner, disagreed.
"There is no place for these kind of comments . . . in a civilized society, and whether he likes it or not, Sterling is a public figure," said Turner, founder of the Galen Institute, a nonprofit, free-market research organization.
"He is an owner of a team that has huge presence and influences millions of lives and he cannot . . . have that kind of statement . . . without some kind of condemnation.''
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