JJ Redick Says Donald Sterling Almost Didn’t Sign Him Because He is White
Donald Sterling has been outed as a serious racist over the last couple of weeks. However, today a weird twist in Donald Sterling’s racism story have surfaced. JJ Redick has come out saying that Donald Sterling did not want to sign him because of the color of his skin. Reportedly, Sterling thought he had spent too much money on another white player, Chris Kaman. That transaction didn’t work out well after the Clippers signed Kaman to a $52 million contract and he only averaged 11.8 points per game before being traded.
Redick says that the$27 million trade and trade that landed him with the Clippers almost did not happen because of Donald Sterling’s feelings towards white players.
“I’ve been told both ways: one, that he didn’t want to pay me because I was white, and that he didn’t want to pay me because I was a bench player… I didn’t know until after the face. I just got a weird phone call from Doc (Rivers) on July 4, and I got off the phone and said to my wife, ‘Something’s going on.’ He’s like, ‘You better play for me (expletive).’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s the plan. We figured this out two days ago, right? … And then he just rambled a bit … but he never really got into the nuts and bolts of what was happening. And then I got a call about 48 hours later from my agent, and he said, ‘We wanted to keep you out of it, but here’s what happened.’”
“I came here for Doc. I came Here for Chris (Paul) and Blake (Griffin) … I looked at this incredible opportunity for me on the basketball court, but also from a personal standpoint. I looked at this as there were great people in the organization, and it’s been backed up by that. I think you’ve seen that over the last week, regardless of one person’s opinion, you’ve seen that throughout the organization… in the days after, it was the first time in my life where I was conscientious of the fact that the people I was talking to were black or Asian or Mexican… I don’t look at people like that, so to hear those things come out of someone’s mouth, it pisses you off.”
If this is true, it just adds another layer of evilness to Sterling’s character. His friends cannot hang out with black people, but those are also the only players he feels like he can make money off by signing.