Collective protests are tough to organize. Similar occupation rarely equates to similar viewpoints or emotion—even the most devout unions have scabs during strikes. This hasn’t stopped Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack from envisioning (and attempting to rally) a league-wide boycott of playing the game of basketball until the Los Angeles Clippers are pried from the billion-dollar hands of headline-making racist and all-around scumbag Donald Sterling.
On Thursday, Jack took part in an interview with the Bay Area’s 95.7 The Game in which he laid out the following plan of action:
“The thing I would propose is that nobody plays another game for the Clippers as long as that man is in control period point blank. And we don’t play another game until that man is removed. It’s not a Clipper issue, it’s a league issue and we should all take a stance on it.”
Jack is due $6.3 million next season, so his boycott would understandably be without cost. The issues which arise, however, are that there are players in the league who would be walking away from considerably more dollars; there are those who have not had the luxury of playing (and thus accumulating) for as many years as Jack; and the entire sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, if it were to ever happen, could be an incredibly long process.
As Yahoo!’s Kelly Dwyer astutely points out, not only is there pride at stake, but Sterling would be forced to cough up a check around $300 million to satisfy the tax bill. Sterling bought the Clippers for only $12.5 million 30-plus years ago; he would be on the hook for one-third of the difference between that figure and for whatever he sells the franchise for, which is estimated to be north of $1 billion.
There are plenty of grumblings surrounding the sale, which could potentially be stretched out until after Sterling’s passing—he turned 80 this past April. If this were to be the case, and players were to boycott for even a fraction of its duration, there would be plenty of lost wages to go around.
Jack undeniably means well, but the liklihood of his vision actually taking place would have to be categorized as increasingly slim.
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