Donald Sterling spread holiday cheer to super-privileged kids. (Stephen Dunn/ Getty Images)
TMZ - Donald Sterling pulled out of a charity toy drive in Watts Saturday night … because his security team feared for his safety in the hood with racial tensions running so high across the country.
TMZ Sports broke the story — Sterling was scheduled to show up for something called the Chrismukkah Soiree “Party in the Projects.” But a rep for the ex-owner of the Clippers tells us he abruptly canceled after we posted the story.
Apparently, Sterling wanted his appearance to be a surprise. We’re told his security team was worried too many people knew where he was going to be — and considering his track record with the black community … things could go south quickly.
Donald’s rep says he still donated a sedan-full of toys during a Friday night event held in a much more … Sterling-safe environment — Beverly Hills.
Donald Sterling might be a racist, hate-filled, ignorant old coot, a pervert and an all-around despicable human being, but never let it be said he doesn’t give back to the community.
I mean it’s OK to hate the man, but let’s give credit where it’s due. Think of those kids he reached out to. It takes a special guy to go down there into the streets of Beverly Hills to put smiles on the faces of those
disadvantaged youth. I imagine those poor, underprivileged little urchins, wondering if they’ll face another Christmas with nothing but their trust funds, their servants and the 70-inch plasmas in their bedroom suites and them lighting up like Christmas trees when jolly old Donald Claus showed up with this sedan full of Legos and Lite Brites. It just fills me with joy.
There’s an old expression that goes, “A man never stands so tall as when he bends over to help a child.” And to me, he stands even taller when the child he helps has three au pairs and a combination vacation villa/tax shelter in the Cayman Islands. Let Donald Sterling’s generosity be an inspiration to us all this holiday season, and in the spirit of giving, I’ll close out this message with my favorite Sterling moment of all time. From his 2003 deposition:
Sterling: “When I’m in a limousine, she takes all of her clothes [off]. The limo driver said, ‘What is going on?’ And she started s***ing me on the way to Mr. Koon’s house. And I thank her. I thank her for making me feel good.”
Lawyer: “Sir, the question was, is this your handwriting?”
Ho, ho, ho indeed, Donald Sterling. You keep doing you.