The ‘Sterling-ization’ of the NFL Owners

The famous saying of Martin Niemoller came to the forefront of my mind this week:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists and I did not speak out – because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.

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Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.

The reason I recounted this is because of the mangling of a different saying: “The inmates have taken over the asylum.” The owner of the Houston Texans, Bob McNair, said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” And in these days of overcharged sensitivities it was enough to ignite the perpetual outrage machine known as the American progressive movement, and launch them into their latest apoplectic hissy fit.

Mind readers that they are, they explained to the rest of us that what McNair said was no simple malapropism. No, it was – prepare to be shocked – racism! Yes, it is a racist dog whistle, one which showed the deep, underlying roots of the plantation master/white supremacist that lies deeply hidden in the cellar of not just McNair’s soul, but in ALL white people (except members of the White Guilt Crew, the stomach-churning apologists for crimes they never committed but feel a lustful compulsion to take the blame for, and, in restitution, hang like an albatross onto the neck of the rest of white America.)

At the time this story broke I warned friends that what we were seeing was the first step in the Sterling-ization of the NFL owners, specifically targeting any who dared be a supporter of the president, or stand in opposition to the social justice war being waged by the Kaepernick Kneelers (most of whom think Kaepernick is being denied a QB job, totally oblivious to the fact that he HAD a QB job that paid him millions, but declined it because he wanted MORE millions.)

Donald Sterling was the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers before his team was taken from him for saying, in a private conversation that was secretly recorded without his knowledge, that he would prefer his girlfriend not bring her black boyfriends to Clipper’s games.

My words sounded at the time like a conspiracy theory to some, but, sadly, they now seem prophetic, as step two was leveled this week – McNair, as well as Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones, and Patriot’s owner Bob Craft, have been ORDERED to turn over emails and cell phone records in relation to Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL.

If you believe that this is an investigation into collusion, then you probably believe Mueller’s investigation is about collusion, too.

What we are really seeing here is the Sterling-ization of the NFL. Right now, deep background research is being done in hopes of finding a disgruntled ex-employee, or ex-girlfriend willing to offer any tidbit of a remark from twenty years ago that can be convoluted into a racist remark or sexual abuse accusation to be used against the owners.

The WHITE owners.


The very rich white owners who MUST be made to pay for their sin – lack of the proper pigmentation, plus failure to worship at the altar of progressivism.

What Sterling said was wrong. And you can call him an asshole, and you’d be right. But this is America, and you have the right to be an asshole in this country, Or, at least you used to. But they had no right to strip him of his business.

And now, mark my words, they are coming for another scalp.

McNair should not have apologized for what he said. Bowing only encourages them.

And, in response to the order to turn over their emails, Jones and Kroft should say, “Sorry, I wiped them clean. You know, like, with a cloth.”

But whatever transpires, don’t feel bad for McNair, Jones, or Kroft.

Because when they came for Sterling, they said nothing.

S.P. Palermo

Sonny Palermo is an editor, novelist, humorist and marketing director. His writing has appeared at Lucianne’s, David Horowitz’s News Reel Blog, American Thinker, I Hate the Media and the Daily Caller, as well as other popular websites and magazines. His favorite quote is "With Words I Enlist a Dark Army." (Pat Conroy, Prince of Tides) When asked to submit a short bio, he sent us this: I was born. Then a lot of other stuff happened. Currently I'm in Vegas, Sin City, where 50% of my time is spent in the confessional booth trying to explain (and seeking penance for) the other 50%.

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