By now everyone has heard about the antics of billionaire Donald Sterling, whose racially-charged rants gained media coverage everywhere.
It’s a sad testimony to an obviously smart businessman (you have to be either very smart or extremely lucky to have that kind of wealth.)
You would think someone so talented in the art of making money would be just as sharp in his personal life, learning to play correctly within the affairs of society and piecing together an inner personal circle having his back and protecting his interests.
Isn’t it amazing what the right face can get away with?
And no matter how smart we think men like Sterling are, they’re only human and sometimes all the money in the world can’t buy you natural street smarts.
If you’re a man either with tons of zeros in your bank account or very little at all, what happened with Donald Sterling’s total lack of sense can be a lesson to us all.
Here’s a man looking in from the outside who literally had everything: tons of money, celebrity status in and around L.A., a family and loads of powerful influence.
Yet he allowed his image to come crumbling down for what? A little eye candy, a woman decades younger who obviously was keeping him company for one and only one reason - money.
He permitted himself to blow his public legacy for the transparent favors of a woman with a rap sheet a mile long. According to TMZ, she’s had six aliases and has been charged with crimes ranging from burglary to extortion to petty theft.
Now what does he have?
Sure his ownership of the Clippers is probably at stake, but he’s still got plenty of money.
Wealth aside, what does he really have except a tarnished image that’ll keep him hidden indoors for a long, long time?
And that’s the memory most will have of Donald Sterling many years after he’s passed away.
In other words, he’s “that guy,” the one seen as desperate for companionship and really dumb for letting down his guard.
"For Every Donald Sterling there will be many more like him"
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