Brian Clarke

Crushing Donald Trump's Ownership Bid

Created on May. 05, 2014 12:42 PM EST

As we all pounce on the 81-year-old former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers while applauding Adam Silver for punishing the lifelong bigot and celebrating a new era of post-racial glee in sports, I think it’s time to take a closer look at some of the guys who get to run NFL franchises. Why? There is a potential new member joining the NFL ownership fraternity and his name is Donald Trump.

Trump has recently expressed interest in buying the Buffalo Bills. In the wake of Donald Sterling’s racist commentary, the question becomes whether or not owners with a history of ignorant statements should be allowed to run a team. This isn’t the first time a controversial political figure expressed interest in purchasing a team. Back in 2009, Rush Limbaugh showed interest in buying a stake in the St. Louis Rams and the Players Association, led by DeMaurice Smith, voted to oppose Limbaugh’s bid. The basis for their opposition: Limbaugh’s disparaging remarks about minorities.

While the bile Limbaugh spews is second to none, the Donald has made some inflammatory comments in the past, too.

Not to mention in 1973 when the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Trump’s New York Real Estate company for racial discrimination. The suit alleged that the company had a history of discriminating against black renters. Trump isn’t shy about flaunting his belief that President Barack Obama isn’t a citizen and accuses the President of providing a false birth certificate. His stance has some serious racial undertones attached.

With Trump, we have a potential owner who has been accused of housing discrimination, who has a history of making racist and sexist remarks and has a habit of offending the people he employs. Sound familiar? Trump and Sterling are kindred spirits and if the NBA executives found Sterling so objectionable that they used an unprecedented amount of power to rid themselves of him, the NFL would be wise to keep Trump out of their fraternity. The NFL doesn’t need an embarrassment like the one the NBA suffered this past week.

Let’s say that Trump is serious about purchasing the Bills. The owners will have to approve it. These are the same group of owners who approved the sale of the Browns to Jimmy Haslam even while there was an FBI investigation of fraud within his company. These are the same group of owners who have remained silent while Dan Snyder doubles down on Washington's racist mascot. 

On second thought, maybe Donald Trump may just fit right in.

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