Clippers Respond to Racist Remarks Attributed to Owner Donald Sterling

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The Los Angeles Clippers have addressed the racist remarks attributed to owner Donald Sterling.

TMZ released on Friday night a taped conversation allegedly between Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano in which Sterling asks Stiviano not to publicize her friendship with African Americans.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” a man identified as Sterling says on the tape in reaction to Stiviano posting a photo on Instagram with Lakers legend Magic Johnson. “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 … and not to bring them to my games.”

The Clippers team said in a statement that the woman on the tape is “the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would ‘get even.'”

“Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings,” the statement says. “It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life. He feels terrible that such sentiments are being attributed to him and apologizes to anyone who might have been hurt by them. He is also upset and apologizes for sentiments attributed to him about Earvin Johnson. He has long considered Magic a friend and has only the utmost respect and admiration for him — both in terms of who he is and what he has achieved. We are investigating this matter.”

The NBA is investigating the tape.

“The remarks heard on the recording are disturbing and offensive, but at this time we have no further information,” the organization told ESPN in a statement.

Meanwhile, Johnson tweeted that he will never attend a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner.

“I feel sorry for my friends Coach Doc Rivers and Chris Paul that they have to work for a man that feels that way about African Americans,” he wrote. “LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA.”

Former NBA player Charles Barkley called for Sterling to be suspended and fined immediately.

“The problem I have with it is, if someone wants to be racist, that’s alright, that’s their thing,” the analyst said during TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” “But when you’re in a position of power and you can take jobs and economic opportunity from people, that’s what crosses the line. You cannot have an NBA discriminating — we’re a black league.”

Sterling was reportedly supposed to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Los Angeles NAACP’s 100th anniversary event on May 15.

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  1. Rusty Smith says:

    I feel sorry for him, he obviously believes mixed race relationships are not acceptable but at the same time did a fantastic job of supporting business practices that benefited the black community, and were even being formally recognized by the NAACP.

    A real criminal secretly recorded one of his most embarrassing personal conversations and no one cares, but everyone wants to see his life destroyed because of a personal opinion that he never intended to share publicly.

    His comment is about as incriminating as a parent telling their child they would not like them to date anyone who isn’t like them and if everyone who did that had to wear a patch, half the country would be wearing patches.

  2. friendlyone21 says:

    I don’t think it’s fair that the Clippers players are having to suffer too, just because their owner is a douche bag.

  3. big daddy D says:

    Rev. Al should keep his mouth shut and nind his business, but you know he won’t..so you know he will. I’ve never been a fan of opportunists like him and Jesse Jackson…All their good works aside. It just bothers me.

  4. jsanjuan1967 says:

    I’m appalled about the Clippers’ owner’s remark. I’m sorry, That’s totally unfriendly and disgusting!

    • Rusty Smith says:

      And how do you feel about the fact that his public behavior benefited the black community so much that he was going to get an award from the NAACP?

      Think about it, he didn’t want his friends to think the woman he was sleeping with was also sleeping with black men, but in all his business dealings he was a very good friend to the black community.

      That might even make his public behavior even more spectacular.

      • Big Daddy D says:

        His “award” from the NAACP was due to donations that came from Sterling’s foundation…which means that the NAACP is just as complicit. the are no victims here.

  5. big daddy D says:

    Lol! Good comment!

  6. John Shea says:

    Why does Donald Sterling apologize, but not actually admit to the remark, describing it only as ‘attributed to’ him? Neither does he deny it. Is a liar, a hypocrite, a racist, any two or all three?

    • big daddy D says:

      I’m thinking all 3. You can add misogynist…slum lord. His comments speak of plantation politics…make money off the black slaves/sleep with the black women/don’t associate with the help. Pathetic! Whether she goaded him on the tape, or not..those are his words..his true feelings.

  7. I think Donald Sterling should gone immediately ! It is a disgrace and then his girl friend is black! And he’s sleeping with her he is a disgrace , also all of the team is black and Doc Rivers has a black son! Man stand up for your conviction against ignorance he is suppose to be a man who owns a team that plays hard and works hard for him , NBA, and the fans this is an outrage. In my belief they should not play! Boycot and if they don’t they are telling everyone it doesn’t matter who we are and it’s like slapping The Lord in his face! That’s ok because if the players won’t boycott for the fans Rev Al Sharpton and NAACP will!

  8. Tim says:

    “The problem I have with it is, if someone wants to be racist, that’s alright, that’s their thing”. Eh?

  9. Police says:

    Even if he does hate Hispanics and said something hateful toward my race, I would definitely not lose sleep over it. I could care less what this idiot thinks. But you guys are all bent out of shape. Please ,,, there’s a lot more things to worry about this this guy hating back people..

    • big daddy D says:

      So…you change your profile name, but not your ignorant comments…or your horrible grammar? Good job, genius.

  10. big daddy D says:

    And ftr…he hates Mexicans too.

  11. big daddy D says:

    There’s always one racist ignorant troll lurking around to talk shit! Even if you were “Mexican”..you’d be offended by Sterling’s comments. But since you’re not. .just an ignorant racist troll, we’ll ignore your stupidity.

  12. Mexican here says:

    Wtf!!

  13. big daddy D says:

    Check out Snoop Dogg’s video reply to Sterlng. Epic!!

  14. BillUSA says:

    Leave it to Barkley to mangle his point. First he states that the NBA cannot afford being discriminatory, then concludes with that it’s a black league.

  15. big daddy D says:

    Like Bryan Singer. .it’s a he said/she said/wait and see situation.

  16. ploome says:

    California law requires that all parties involved in the conversation must consent to being recorded, otherwise the person taping the private conversation—civilian or professional—will be in violation of California wiretapping laws. The consent mainly applies to private conversations, but remember that even if the conversation is recorded in a public situation, the person recording the conversation may still be subject to a criminal charge for violating an individual’s privacy.

    Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_8581787_california-laws-taping-conversations.html#ixzz302l0tNSz

    • Beat Me Up says:

      She’s as dumb as a bag of hammers. Maybe too she stole money from the geezer… but he still said what he said. Kind of senseless for an NBA owner to say such things; but I don’t agree with how the recording was attained (not too bright, girl. The culture filled of whores like her: I’ll just blackmail your ass.) She should be prosecuted for what she did. Is she a cop? Is she undercover… no… she’s a bitter opportunist.

    • teleferio says:

      Do you honestly believe that wiretapping charges will ever be brought up regarding this matter? Trust me, Donald Sterling already has a public relations nightmare on his hands, if he really were to file criminal complaints/charges related to wiretapping this will blow up even more. Also, this allegedly took place at a Clippers game which is public domain. I’d like to see him prove wiretapping when a lawyer could just as easily argue that someone else was the intended target of the recording and that Sterling was picked up by accident etc… Common sense does indicate that Sterling was the intended target of the recording, but the burden of proof would still be on him regardless.

      • BillUSA says:

        Similar to what SFSolstice stated, the law may be one thing. But the court of public opinion – however flawed it is – exacts it’s influence coldly and swiftly.

    • SFSolstice says:

      …LOL and your point being. Sorry, but I would like to see you put this geni back in the bottle !

      • Beat Me Up says:

        Tomorrow we’ll be talking about something else. This will die and fade away. He can buy his way out… this is the USA…

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