I remember when I first started going out to Los Angeles and started meeting people out there, something happened. I mean, 10, 15 years ago, the name Donald Sterling came up, and I’m asking my friends, “Who is this guy?” and I heard everything 10 to 15 years ago that I’m hearing about the guy over the weekend. And all during this period of time, “Well, how does this guy hang on?”
RUSH: Look, this Donald Sterling business, I have to tell you something, folks, this is not news to anybody who has known of this guy. I was telling Mr. Snerdley this morning, this guy’s a big Democrat. The only reason he’s in trouble right now is he did not give enough money to Obama. This guy was gonna get a leadership award from the NAALCP LA chapter, the second one. This guy is a typical Hollywood Democrat. He’s sort of a pretend A-lister. But who he is, his racialist tendencies, everything on these tapes, it’s been so widely known by everybody in the NBA, everybody in the sports media for 10 to 15 years, for however long he’s owned this team.
All of this shock and outrage, I’m gonna tell you something. It is as phony as you can believe. Everybody in the media, from LA to New York who’s acting shocked about this, I’m telling you, they’ve known who this guy is for the longest time. They’ve known he’s a slumlord. They know that he’s a racist. They know that he’s basically a despicable human being, and now he may be demented, in addition to whatever else he is.
“Well, the Clippers never win, the second-rate team in LA. The Lakers own it out here and it’s just an afterthought team. Not any big deal. It doesn’t get in anybody’s way.” And he pays these guys decent NBA salaries. But it’s been known. The guy gave money to Gray Davis. The guy gave money to Bill Bradley. He’s been donating to Democrat causes. Doing what you do in Beverly Hills and LA to be in the A-list crowd, this guy’s been doing it, other than the slumlord business, and that may even be some of what you have to do.
If you get anybody in the NBA, anybody in the media world in LA to be honest with, they’ll tell you that none of this is news. Even the fact that he’s had these girlfriends, that he’s a sugar daddy, that’s not new. His wife has known about it. What happened here is, best I can tell, he was getting older, he thinks that what he says is profound, and he wants it maintained for posterity. So he asked this V. Stiviano, the latest sugar baby and a little honey, she’s telling people that he asked her to record it, because what he says is brilliant. He doesn’t have the ability to remember everything he says now ’cause he’s 81 years old and he wanted it kept for posterity. He wanted to have a record of what he had said in case there were any disputes with anybody about what he had said.