Racist, Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner, Donald Sterling, issued an apology for his racist rant, demanding his mistress, V Stiviano, not bring Magic Johnson and other black people to his games. The apology was long overdue and came when Sterling and his racist wife realized the NBA has the legal right to ban him from the league and force the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, as it is a franchise, not an independent business.
However, Sterling made things worse by going on a rant against former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Magic Johnson. Sterling stated, "'Big Magic Johnson what has he done? He's got AIDS. He acts so holy. He made love to every girl in every city in America, and he had AIDS, and when he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him, I hope he could live and be well. I didn't criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children?"
Donald Sterling and mistress V. Stiviano
Johnson contracted HIV from promiscuous sex in the 1980s and went public with the announcement regarding his health status in 1991. He decried the behavior that led to his HIV positive status. Johnson has also tried to educate the public on the ills of HIV and AIDS (unlike some singers, actors, models and sports stars advertising their sexually reckless behavior to impressionable fans). Johnson built businesses that have hired minorities as well as white people.
Sterling shouldn't slam someone for having HIV or AIDS. There are many athletes and entertainers struggling with HIV and AIDS. Considering there are stories in the press regarding Sterling having kept a prostitute paying $500 per visit, as well as a mistress, V. Stivano (who was one of many he cheated on his wife with) he is in no position to cast aspersions.
Vanessa Stiviano (right), Magic Johnson (center)
Fame becomes heartbreaking when promiscuity leads to HIV. You'd be surprised to learn how many famous athletes, entertainers and models have HIV. Many more stars have virulent cases of other sexually transmitted diseases that are life altering and unpleasant, due to the promiscuity they engage in. That's the side you don't often see of fame. You see the money and celebrity lifestyle, but not what sexual promiscuity causes.
Rather than condemn the sick, Hollywood and the sports industries need to stop telling the world condoms are a cure all, because they have a failure rate of 36% and doesn't protect from all sexually transmitted diseases. Set a better example for audiences rather than condemning the sick or on the other end of the spectrum, bragging about being sexually promiscuous, setting a bad example for impressionable people seeking to be just like you.