Coach Taylor on Sterling: It's Unfortunate

If, by chance, you have been living under a rock this weekend, you know about the alleged Donald Sterling recordings and the shockwaves they have been sending across the nation. It's one of those rare stories that transcends sports and puts itself on the forefront of an issue that this nation has dealt with since its inception.


Coach Dedrique Taylor, about to enter his second season as head coach of Cal State Fullerton's men's basketball program, provides a unique perspective particularly because he is African-American.

"It's unfortunate," Taylor said. "It's unfortunate that he feels that way or that he voiced his opinion. But, the reality of it is that sentiment is still there. It's still alive and it's still real. And shame on us for not understanding that dynamic."

And in the position he is in entering his second season, he knows that he has a unique voice.

"As an African-American sitting in the seat I'm sitting in, there's not a lot me running around in my position."

Taylor's right on point. The percentage of Division-I college basketball head coaches is at its lowest level, 18.6% in 2014, since the 1995-1996 season. And as one of the few in his position, he feels a responsibility to his team, especially to open a dialogue.

"I think you have to spend some time to recognize it, acknowledge it, and then allow people, particularly our student athletes, to deal with it however they choose to in a constructive format," Taylor said, "But, I think you also have to give them an avenue to talk about it."

And yet, although Sterling's audio is what brought this issue to the forefront, he doesn't believe that singling one man out is the answer.

"I don't think it's a situation where you pinpoint certain people or do anything that way. I think you constructively have a conversation about it and see how you can turn such a nasty, unfortunate, situation into something positive where there's some type of enlightenment amongst our society."