A new documentary from Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns will chronicle embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s efforts to bring back the popular 20th Century Negro League Baseball. The idea for the currently untitled documentary, which will air on PBS in the fall, came about after the NBA banned Donald Sterling for life last month, giving him the opportunity to focus all off his attention on his life-long dream of bringing back the defunct league.
“As a young boy, I dreamed of owning my own Negro team,” Sterling told Hollywood & Swine. “One of the saddest days I’ve ever experienced was when the Negro National League shut down in 1949 before I had the chance to purchase my own franchise.”
In the documentary, Sterling admits he publically opposed the landmark decision to end racial segregation in baseball when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, not out of prejudice but out of fear that the Major League Baseball would steal all his favorite players on his beloved hometown Negro League team the Chicago American Giants.
“I loved Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Satchel Paige,” Sterling said. “In fact, if they were alive today, I would let my golddigger girlfriend even sleep with them, as long as she didn’t post pictures with them on Instagram or bring them to any of my games.”
Burns’ documentary on Sterling will also expose a little known fact about the 80 year-old billionaire. Sterling was solely responsible for the trend of African-born basketball players like Dikembe Motumbo, Hakeem Olajuwon, Manute Bol, and Serge Ibaka coming to the NBA.
“Donald was the first one to suggest, that he and his fellow NBA owners should head over to Africa and find the best physical specimens, then put them on a ship bound for America,” Burns said.