Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Phil Jackson breaks NBA silence on mega-landlord Donald Sterling's troubled history

Back in November, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it's biggest ever settlement in a rental housing discrimination case. NBA team owner and LA mega-landlord Donald Sterling was forced to pay $2.73 million to settle allegations of race-based housing discrimination. (Sterling has been sued multiple times for discrimination and early this month a group of tenants from one of his buildings announced a suit claiming he was responsible for the building burning down.)

Shockingly, from the time that the Department of Justice charges were initially filed, through the announcement of the record settlement, and to this very day, the response to the situation from the ever image-conscious NBA commissioner, David Stern, has been nothing but silence.

In effort to bring increased attention to the insidious crime of housing discrimination, Tenants Together launched a campaign calling on David Stern and the NBA to denounce race-based housing discrimination and to discipline Sterling.

Many sports writers and housing advocates joined us in calling upon the NBA to take clear and decisive action. Still, Stern and the NBA have refused to comment or investigate.

Finally, this weekend, LA Lakers Coach, Phil Jackson broke the NBA silence on Donald Sterling's troubled history (see video below) and his comments have brought renewed media attention to Sterling's conduct as a landlord and has once again raised the issue of the League's inaction and silence in response to a landmark housing discrimination case.

Please sign the petition calling on the NBA to denounce race-based housing discrimination and discipline Donald Sterling at NBAshowyoucare.org

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