Year: 1983

While the title of Jeff Pearlman’s blog entry on Donald Sterling describes the Clippers owner as “eccentric,” we’re not sure that is the most appropriate word choice. Maybe “ignorant,” “racist,” or “asshole?” All would probably work.

In any event, the article recounts one fine evening in 1983, when Sterling was trying to recruit Villanova’s Rollie Massimino to replace fired coach Paul Silas. After a few too many adult beverages and with a busty blonde on his arm, Sterling asked his prospective candidate, “I wanna know why you think you can coach these n******.” The comment sent Massimino off the rails, making his decision to decline the job quite easy and allowing him to win a national title with Villanova two years later.