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Controversy in NBA recalls memories of Marge Schott

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Donald Sterling isn't the first high-profile sports exec caught making racially-charged comments.  Former Reds owner Marge Schott was known for speaking her mind from time to time.

It's been reported that Schott made some racially insensitive remarks directed toward some of her players.  On top of that, she's said to have made some unkind comments about other races and religions.

It's been decades, but for some, it's hard to forget what was said.

"She blatantly let it known how she felt," said Scott Doran who lives in West Chester.

That's part of the problem. She was scrutinized for insensitive remarks, including statements about Adolf Hitler.

"They built tremendous highways, you know, got all the factories going and everything. He was good at the beginning, but then he went nuts," said Schott in an interview several years ago.

"I heard she was a good person, it's just that if she heard it, she felt it was okay to repeat it," said former Reds player, George Foster, who was on the team when Schott was just a minority owner.  "I don't think that she was malicious in things she would say or do.  The old saying, ‘Marge will be Marge,' I don't think she was malicious in things she would say."

For comments she made, she paid the price. At one point, she was suspended from Major League Baseball.

"Marge Schott deserved to get punished," said Doran.

Many years later, longtime Reds fans still find her words hard to forget, especially in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal.

"She was just saying what she felt.  When you're in the limelight like that, you've got to hold your tongue a little bit and I do think that you have to be respectful to everybody," Doran told FOX19.

Sterling's words may evoke memories of Schott's uncensored way of speaking, but any insensitivity of that kind is not welcomed in a professional locker room.

"A bunch of different people get away with different things, they can say anything and get away with it.  But, I feel like where we're at, at this point in life, you can't get away with nothing. I'm glad it happened like that," said Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton.

"The comments made by him, and his views, obviously are in the very, very small minority of the way that I think the sports world, and really the world in general, feels at this point. There's no room for that. It's ignorance," Reds outfielder Jay Bruce told FOX19.

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