Friday, May 2, 2014

Anyone want to bet Donald Sterling will be dead within a year?

Where are all your friends?
When NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that he was banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, the first thing I thought of was that his life probably wouldn't last much longer.  Three days before he was kicked out of the "club" of NBA owners (of which he's the longest tenured member at 33 years), Sterling had his 80th birthday.  When 80-year-old men are publicly shamed and have their livelihood stripped away from them, they tend to lose the will to keep going.

While these are very different circumstances, take a look at what happened with Joe Paterno.  In November of 2011 the Penn State scandal broke and he lost his job as head football coach after 45 years.  Two months later he was dead.

I really wish I'd decided to write this blog yesterday, because now reports are surfacing that Sterling has been battling prostate cancer.  It's undoubtedly a PR move to try to salvage any sympathy he can (good luck Donald), but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he doesn't live to see another NBA season.

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