David Stern Does the Right Thing
by Jonathan Singer, Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 12:31:07 PM EST
This is a little off the topic of electoral politics, but I think it deserves mention -- particularly given the very real possibility that those on the right are going to be squawking about this for some time.
Former NBA star guard Tim Hardaway, creator of the "killer crossover", was interviewed on the radio earlier this week when he had the following to say: "You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States." The commissioner of the NBA, David Stern, quickly reprimanded Hardaway by banning the retired player from this weekend's All-Star game festivities, a move that could, one imagine, draw the ire of some on the right.
For those unfamiliar with Stern, he is a strong supporter of Democratic politics, giving somewhere just shy of $500,000 to Democratic candidates and committees over the last three cycles, plus another $100,000 to American Coming Together in 2004 and $38,000 to the League of Conservation Voters since 2002. These numbers don't reflect donations from previous cycles, which were quite robust as well, nor do they include donations made by his wife (with the exception of one of the donations to the LCV). What's more, and perhaps more importantly, Stern did not, as best I can tell, give one cent to any Republican candidates or committee. (These numbers were garnered through perusing records on Political Money Line.)
Anyway, these donations are somewhat beside the point. Stern deserves kudos for his correct move and I think we should give it to him.