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*In an essay for Time, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is putting his two cents in regarding racist comments made by Donald Sterling.

Although he sided with those who feel the LA Clippers owner is clearly racists, Jabbar also directed his anger towards, Sterling’s reported mistress, V. Stiviano as well as systems of oppresion that create the Donald Sterlings of the world.

“Yes, I’m angry, too, but not just about the sins of Donald Sterling. I’ve got a list. But let’s start with Sterling,” Jabbar stated while revisiting his past working relationship with the Clippers owner. “I used to work for him, back in 2000 when I coached for the Clippers for three months. He was congenial, even inviting me to his daughter’s wedding. Nothing happened or was said to indicate he suffered from IPMS (Irritable Plantation Master Syndrome). Since then, a lot has been revealed about Sterling’s business practices:

Among the things outlined by Jabbar were:

2006: U.S. Dept. of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination. Allegedly, he said, “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”
2009: He reportedly paid $2.73 million in a Justice Dept. suit alleging he discriminated against blacks, Hispanics, and families with children in his rentals. (He also had to pay an additional nearly $5 million in attorneys fees and costs due to his counsel’s “sometimes outrageous conduct.”)
2009: Clippers executive (and one of the greatest NBA players in history) sued for employment discrimination based on age and race

“And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out,” he continued. “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.”

Despite blasting Stiviana, Jabbar was quick to point out that “Make no mistake: Donald Sterling is the villain of this story.”

“But he’s just a handmaiden to the bigger evil. In our quest for social justice, we shouldn’t lose sight that racism is the true enemy,” the NBA legend explained. “He’s just another jerk with more money than brains.

For more of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s views on Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano, click over to Time.

Watch as Kareem Abdul Jabbar discusses his Time article with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: