The NBA is holding a press conference on Tuesday, where they are expected to make an announcement on the investigation into Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Sterling is being investigated over allegations he made racially charged comments in a recorded conversation with a woman. Portions of that conversation were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin.
President Barack Obama said Sunday that comments reportedly made by the owner of a U.S. pro basketball team are ``incredibly offensive racist statements,'' before casting them as part of a continuing legacy of slavery and segregation that Americans must confront.
``When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk,'' Obama said when asked to respond to the reported comments from Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling.
Obama's description of the controversy as part of a larger historical context is the latest example of his continuing willingness to expound on matters of race in his second term.
After avoiding much mention of race relations during his campaign to become the first black president and in his first term, the president last summer offered a personal reflection in response to the shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin. And now Obama has spoken out against an audio recording of a man identified as Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.
The firestorm over Sterling's comments has quickly engulfed the National Basketball Association.
he audio recording has surfaced of a man identified as Donald Sterling, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers, telling his girlfriend not to bring blacks to his team`s games.
Clippers President Andy Roeser said in a statement that the team did not know if the tape is legitimate or has been altered. He said the woman on the tape, identified by TMZ as V. Stiviano, ``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.'''
Roeser also said the recording does not reflect Sterling's beliefs. He added that Sterling is ``upset and apologizes for sentiments attributed to him'' about Johnson, whom he called Sterling's friend.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan said he's both disgusted and outraged by the racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, released a statement Sunday addressing the matter. He said that as an owner, ``I'm completely disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views.'' As a former player, Jordan says ``I'm completely outraged.''
Magic Johnson is calling upon NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to ``come down hard'' on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who is alleged to have made racially charged comments and urged a girlfriend to not bring black people to his team's games.
The Los Angeles Clippers chose not to speak publicly about owner Donald Sterling before they faced the Golden State Warriors for Game 4 of their first-round series Sunday. Instead, they made a silent protest to generate attention.
In response to Sterling's purported comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his team's games, the Clippers let their uniforms become a show of solidarity.
They ran out of the tunnel wearing their usual warmups. Then they huddled at centre court and tossed the outer layer of their warmups to the ground, going through their pregame routine with their red Clippers' shirts on inside out to hide the team's logo.
Players also wore black wristbands or armbands during the game, which they lost 118-97. They also donned black socks with their normal jerseys.
``It's just us, only us. We're all we got,'' Clippers point guard Chris Paul could be heard shouting to teammates before they ran out.
Audio courtsey of TMZ.com