Comcast managed to squeak a few more "caught on tape" customer-service disasters just under the New Year's wire, including a customer spending four hours on the phone in an attempt to cancel his account.
Donald Sterling's Racist Rant
Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images
In what had to have been the most poorly kept secret since Tony Stark revealed he was Iron Man, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was publicly exposed as a racist. He was finally outed after TMZ leaked a secretly recorded conversation between Sterling and his paramour/possible employee, V. Stiviano.
The nine-minute-long conversation includes Sterling telling Stiviano that he didn't want her bringing black people, including Magic Johnson, to Clippers games. The shameful discussion on race and racism is intermingled with bouts of gaslighting from both camps and truly cringe-worthy moments of sweet talk between the 80-year-old Sterling and his "31"-year-old girlfriend.
Everyone is young next to Donald Sterling.
After the tape came out, the public uproar over the recording was intense. The players and fans staged protests. Sterling was fined $2.5 million by the league and was ultimately banned from the NBA for life by commissioner Adam Silver.
After months of legal battles, Sterling was forced to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Considering Sterling bought the team for a highly leveraged $12 million back in the '80s, it was certainly a punishment with a huge perk. And even with that hefty profit, not everyone thinks he got a fair shake. Sterling got a surprising endorsement from the hip hop community when West Coast rapper Kurupt praised Sterling as a "great guy who got screwed over by the NBA" in a recent interview.
For more from Diana, follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
For more from Diana, check out The 6 Most Hilarious Ways Mainstream Media Failed at Google and The 5 Craziest Ways Adults Got Banned From Youth Sports.
Check out Robert Evans' A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization, a celebration of the brave, drunken pioneers who built our civilization one seemingly bad decision at a time.