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May 3, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Donald Sterling: Seattle Times readers sound off

5-4-14 Donald Sterling

Don’t let him
profit for racism

I am appalled at the potential for Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner, to make a fortune by selling the team. Instead of requiring a sale, why doesn’t the NBA leadership take steps to financially isolate the owner by pulling all sponsors, allowing the players to exit their contracts, using the incident to discourage fan attendance and using all legal means to decrease revenues.

If successful, it will send the message that anyone who is racist will pay an economic price as well as a public-image price.

This guy should not be allowed to make hundreds of millions in profit because of his racial bias.

— Bruce Pearson, Seattle

Enter Ballmer,
Hansen, Seattle

Moving the Clippers should now be on the table. Enter Steve Ballmer and Chris Hansen. I bet they’d be willing to pay nicely for a team that has Doc Rivers coaching, Chris Paul dishing, and Blake Griffin jamming unlike anyone since … wait for it… The Rain Man, Shawn Kemp.

And it isn’t like we don’t go boating around here, so the name Clippers fits Seattle.

— Keith Brown, Seattle

Jack Ramsey

Coach’s passing
deserved better

The NBA, and basketball, lost one of its great ambassadors with the passing of Dr. Jack Ramsay (“Ramsey coached Blazers to 1977 title,” Tuesday) I’m disappointed with your editorial decision to relegate the news of his death to Page 2 of the Sports section.

Donald Sterling’s spiteful stupidity could take a backseat for one day, couldn’t it? This was an opportunity to honor an historically significant contributor to the game, while sending a message about what’s really important.

— David Arntuffus, Shoreline


Seattle real U.S.
soccer mecca

It’s a fun time to be a soccer fan in the Northwest, with both the Sounders and Reign at or near the top of the standings and power rankingns. Last year the Portland Timbers and Thorns enjoyed that distinction at the same time.

Washington men’s team was ranked No. 4 in the NCAA, and Gonzaga No. 36. If the United States has success in the men’s World Cup this summer and women’s World Cup next summer, it’s highly possible that Seattle Soccer players will play key roles, including Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Megan Rapinoe, Sidney Leroux, Hope Solo and StephanieCox.

Soccer City USA? How about U.S. Soccer Mecca.

— Jared Hooper, Seattle

Lost landmarks

Recalling Wilt,
Seattle Smashers

As an out-of-town reader, I appreciated your excellent job of chronicling many of the city’s bygone arenas and stadiums (“Seattle’s lost sports landmarks,” April 27).

But accompanying those long-gone geographical sites are the legacy of Seattle’s lost sports teams. Yes, the Thunderbirds and the Reign were the main tenants of the Seattle Center Arena. But I also recall attending a home game in 1978 there for the Seattle Smashers, featuring basketball star-turned-volleyball player Wilt Chamberlain. The Seattle franchise for the International Volleyball Association (probably the first co-ed professional sports league) deserves a mention in your chronology as well as place in our collective memories.

— Jeff Jacobs, Westport, Conn.

Don’t forget
Seattle Angels

One team that played in one of those lost landmarks seems to be totally forgotten, both in your article and by the local media. Too bad, because the Seattle Angels, who occupied Sicks’ Stadium in the mid 1960s, were my favorite Seattle team ever. I believe they won the Pacific Coast League championship in 1966. The Angels were managed by Hall of Famer Bob Lemon. The roster included Earl Averill Jr., Merritt Ranew, and future major-leaguers like Rick Reichardt, Tom Burgmeier and Jim McGlothlin. Please honor their memory, as well as the team’s, in any future articles about Seattle sports teams.

— Gary LeVander, Maple Valley

Russell Wilson

Leave divorce a
personal matter

The editor who told Larry Stone that we needed a column (“Divorce? Wilson is a human being, OK?” April 25) about Russell Wilson’s divorce failed. It was the most pathetic decision The Seattle Times has made in quite some time.

Divorce is personal and private. It’s not relevant to anyone outside of Wilson and his wife, and it’s embarrassing for the paper and the city that it’s on our Sports page.

— Jesse Baumgartner, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Stone’s column
was spot on

I do not usually gravitate to the Sports page first, but I had to on April 25. Man, was I surprised (pleasantly) and grateful to find Larry Stone’s spot-on column.

And now I too am ready to move on to the next hot topic: Where did Marcus Trufant buy that suit?

— Teresa Appleseeth, Fall City

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