Note: I have corrected a line about Bill Plaschke from an earlier version.
Apologies for faulty memory and insufficient fact checking.
What is it about people involved in sports
and people who report about sports
that cause them to occasionally
blast the verbal flatulence
of racist comments
from their privileged mouths?
LA TIMES' Bill Plaschke muttering about
seeing the Mexican flag waved
and fans cheering against the U.S.
at U.S./Mexico soccer games in Los Angeles.
Jimmy The Greek spluttering on
people's "breeding" habits.
Al Campanis assuming African-Americans
can't manage baseball teams.
And, of course, Marge Schott.
Now, Donald Sterling runs through
a veritable Greatest Hits of Bigotry
while lecturing his much younger female companion:
"this race hates that race"
"I don't want you to invite
[famous non-Caucasian NBA star] to my team's games"
"you can associate with [famous non-Caucasian NBA star]
in private but not in public"
and the now rising-on-the-charts
"if I catch you taking an Instagram with....
[non-Caucasian person, perhaps a famous NBA
star, of the opposite sex]"
Unfortunately, this behavior
will happen again.
All one can hope for
is the chorus of disapproval
growing in decibel size
after every profoundly offensive statement
uttered by the prejudiced sportsperson
living under the delusion
that his-or-her hatred
reflects "the real world."