Racist Comments from NBA Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling … Tells his Girlfriend He Does Not Want Her Bringing Black People to his Games, Including Magic Johnson
UGLY INCIDENT IN THE NBA AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GAMES ON THE COURT …
From TMZ, racist comments from the LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments while talking to his girlfriend V. Stiviano. The comments made by Sterling are truly unfortunate and repugnant. It is absolutely astonishing to me that an owner of an NBA franchise whose coach in Doc Rivers is black, your best player Chris Paul is black and so is pretty much most of your team roster can make such a comment like don’t bring black people to the game. But I can guarantee you that J.J. Reddick is just as upset as a Chris Paul or Blake Griffin. Did some one forget to tell this idiot owner that his girlfriend was half Hispanic, half black?
Of course Donald Sterling should be afforded due process, but damn. I honestly can’t see how he could remain owner of this team as why would any black player, or any player with a conscience want to play for a team owned by this guy. However, the court of public opinion has already pretty much found him guilty. The NBA is investigating the situation.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)
“You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.” (5:15)
“I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)
“…Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” (9:13)
UPDATE I: Reaction from Magic Johnson:
“I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner,” Magic Johnson said on Twitter. He also said the alleged comments were “a black eye for the NBA” and said he felt bad that friends such as Rivers and Clippers point guard Chris Paul had to work for Sterling.
The former Clippers guard Baron Davis wrote on Twitter that Sterling’s discrimination has been “going on for a long time
UPDATE II: ESPN has VIDEO of the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media on the alleged racist comments by Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
UPDATE III: Comments from the NBA Commissioner from USA Today.
“All members of the NBA family should be awarded due process,” said Silver. “Which is why I’m not yet prepared to issue any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling. We will move extraordinarily quickly. We plan to have this wrapped up in the next few days.”
Silver said he spoke to Sterling, who will not attend Sunday’s playoff game between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors in midst of backlash.
The NBA, labeling the remarks “disturbing and offensive” in an earlier statement, is currently conducting a “full investigation” on the audio, which was obtained by TMZ, and features a man identified as Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games. The recorded argument was based on an Instagram photo of Sterling’s girlfriend posing with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
“The core of the investigation is understanding whether the tape is authentic and interviewing Donald Sterling,” Silver said.
Wow really, she is a gold digger, and I thought it was love. However, that does not change the fact of what Donald Sterling said. Of course it is interesting that the telephone conversation was taped.
Donald Sterling’s wife of more than 50 years describes his alleged mistress as a gold digger who seduces older, wealthy men and persuades them to shower her with gifts, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on March 7.
The Clippers team owner and a woman identified as V. Stiviano allegedly began an affair after meeting at the 2010 Super Bowl game and were still in the relationship as of the filing date, according to the lawsuit filed by Rochelle H. Sterling, who is described in the suit as “a married woman seeking to protect and recover community property in her individual capacity.”
Rochelle Sterling alleges that her husband used community property to buy Stiviano a 2012 Ferrari, two Bentleys and a 2013 Range Rover, worth a total of more than $500,0000.
UPDATE VI: NAACP Was Set to Give L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling a Lifetime Achievement Award Next Month Before He Was Caught on Audio Tape Making Racist Comments … What About all the previous Racism?