Donald Sterling Cancer Revelation Treated Bluntly by 'New York Post'

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMay 2, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 7: Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling looks on as his team plays the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on November 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling prostate cancer, as confirmed by ESPN.com, while the storm around his ownership of the team continues—but the New York Post's coverage of it has already caused controversy of its own.

The piece begins:

This could wind up being a pretty short ban.

Disgraced racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer — surprising those around him by beating the final buzzer for as long as he has, sources told The Post on Thursday.

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The reaction to their story has been one of shock, judging by Twitter:

Donald Sterling, still more respectable than the New York Post.

— Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson) May 2, 2014

The New York Post says Donald Sterling has cancer, and the lede will make you lose control of your lower jaw: http://t.co/Cxd1Oz8hJt

— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) May 2, 2014

New York Post lede on Donald Sterling battling cancer: "This could wind up being a pretty short ban." Editors really approved that one? Wow.

— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) May 2, 2014

Clippers forward Blake Griffin, quoted by ESPN.com, struck a more measured tone when he said, "If that is true, my thoughts and prayers are with him. Nobody deserves to go through something like that."

[New York Post]