Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling apparently told his girlfriend not to bring blacks to games.
The conversation included gems like:
"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to?"
"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."
"I'm just saying, in your lousy fucking Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people."
"... Don't put [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."
Here’s what he got in return-first hand:
LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 26, 2014
I know coaches & players play for each other & especially THE FANS, but it would be hard for me to play another game for Sterling. #NBA— James Worthy (@James_Worthy42) April 26, 2014
I also wouldn't put on that jersey with Sterling still as the owner.— JerrydBayless (@jerrydbayless) April 26, 2014
As for the rest:
#DonaldSterling says "No, no... when I said they were 'uppity negros' I meant they jump really high and were great athletes!"— Garland (@DenifLewesa) April 27, 2014
So has Sterlinglanded his team in trouble? Will they have to pay for his run-away tongue?
Sterling saysthat the recording is “not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings.”
The President of Clippers, Andy Roeser, also questioned the authenticity of the audio and hinted at Sterling’s girlfriend having her hand in it who allegedly claimed she would make sure she would “get even” with him after the Sterling family filed a lawsuit against her accusing her of embezzling over a million dollars.
Here’s the statement in full:
“We have heard the tape on TMZ. We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered. We do know that the woman on the tape––who we believe released it to TMZ––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. 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.”
It may be but with his history of racial discrimination not many are taking kindly to his denial.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver in a news conferencesaid, that the league was investigating the alleged comments and hoped to have its inquiry completed within a few days. He added that Donald Sterling would not be attending Sunday’s playoff game against the Golden State Warriors.
We hope, someone gets to the truth of the matter: ‘did he or did he not’ and his personal discriminations do not get the team in trouble they do not deserve.