Kareem Abdul Jabaar wants those responsible for setting up, and executing, the Donald Sterling audio recordings to go to prison.
Don't get the NBA legend wrong, he fully support the decision to punish the disgraced LA Clippers owner to the fullest extent possible, but, writing in an editorial peace for Time magazine, Abdul-Jabbar also spoke out against the methods used to obtain evidence:
"Shouldn't we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media?
"Didn't we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen's privacy in such an un-American way?" wrote the former Laker.
The audio in which Sterling makes several crude, and down outright racist comments regarding black people was brought to the public's attention thanks to his girlfriend, V. Stiviano.
And Kareem reserves special criticism for the methods used:
"What a winding road she led him down to get all of that out," he writes.
"She was like a sexy nanny playing 'pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.' She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee," continued the NBA's all-time top points scorer.
"I hope whoever made the illegal tape gets sent to prison."
Writing an extended editorial peace, Kareem questioned why it took the outlandish 'soundbites' for the NBA, and the wider world, to lay down the law on Sterling despite the fact that he had been known to be a bigot and a racist for some time:
"He was discriminating against black and Hispanic families for years, preventing them from getting housing.
"We did nothing. Suddenly he says he doesn't want his girlfriend posing with Magic Johnson...and we bring out the torches and ropes."
Sterling was banned for life by Adam Silver and the NBA on Tuesday, and is likely to be forced to sell his stake in the LA Clippers when league owners vote on the issue in the near future.
But these strong words from one of the most highly respected players ever to have graced the National Basketball Association serve as a warning to everyone.
While it is right that Sterling has been brought to justice in recent days, the methods behind it are questionable to a degree and Abdul-Jabaar is right in that those who had the opportunity should have sought to punish Sterling years ago when it became clear his views had no place in the organization.
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