Year: 1988

While there are conflicting reports as to whether David Stern was indeed the room, there’s little doubt that Sterling decided that a good negotiating tactic as he bargained with Danny Manning was to say that “I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid.”

The implications of a comment like this are insidious at best, as they reflect the idea that Sterling sees Manning as a commodity rather than a human being, and indeed one whose value is diminished due to his ethnicity and economic background. Not a good look.