We all can agree that controversial Clippers owner Donald Sterling needs serious prayer and it looks like he seeked that higher power of healing last Sunday from...of all places...a predominantly black church. Sterling attended Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church in South Los Angeles. Sterling's attendance comes as a surprise [and a well placed publicity stunt] due to his blatant discrimination against African-Americans in general, but most specifically basketball legend Magic Johnson. Let's be honest, that interview with Anderson Cooper still makes us cringe to this day.
Presiding Pastor J. Benjamin Hardwick met with Sterling to previously discuss his recent expressions of prejudice, which we assume led to Sterling's presence in church service.
Don't we all. Sterling is quoted that he found the service "fabulous". Recently it has been reported that Sterling has been diagnosed with early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, empowering his wife, (let us pray for her too) Shelley Sterling to sell his part of the Clippers for two billion dollars without his approval.
So does Sterling's diagnosis or recent church visit excuse his behavior? Let the church say NO. Yeah, we didn't think so either.
Written by Amber Patterson