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LISTEN: Outrage after 'racist' statements allegedly made by Clippers' owner

An audio recording was posted on the TMZ website of a man identified as team owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games

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

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  1. don was right posted on 04/27/2014 01:27 PM
    Obama - they guy who said that if he had a son he would look like trevon martin. But who was silent when he saw the face of the Boston Naval Base shooter. Curious
    1. HP posted on 04/27/2014 02:26 PM
      @don was right Americans are a funny bunch...not only hypocrites but self righteous hypocrites. Not having on a war since 1945, they still see themselves as superior to all other cultures...even though their rationalizations rarely make sense.

      I was in Sanford when Zimmerman shot Martin...nothing happened for about a month, then all hell broke loose. I was in Galveston, then San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Amarillo, then OKC during the protests and riots...then Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi where the consensus was that Martin deserved to die.

      Same thing this year...I was in Jacksonville when Michael Dun opened fire on a car of black kids...everyone in Florida said that the kid deserved to die...jury couldn't decide on the murder charge.

      Americans, love their guns, hate their Blacks, and love to kill for the sake of killing. The new gun la passed in Georgia yesterday will make things even more fun down there...I'll be there next week...looking forward to the changes.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 04/28/2014 12:56 PM
      @HP Well said....and very true.
  2. omon posted on 04/27/2014 11:51 PM
    This is appalling to hear such remarks but unfortunately not surprising. Lets not be fooled here, yes I believe to a certain extent that people over the last few years have become more accepting towards others but Whites are overwhelmingly in the news saying what is truly on their hearts. The truth always comes out, example Martha Steward, Bounty hunter etc etc...and unfortunately one needs to admit, that white people need to really stop denying their true feelings and educate each other and teach their kids that racial beliefs are not tolerated and acceptable. The problem is deeper than this idiot owners comments!
    1. Alice T posted on 04/28/2014 03:52 PM
      @omon Martha Stewart? Pardon?

      Get your facts straight, it was Paula Dean that you were no doubt thinking of...

      I see, it is only white people who are racist..get real..this nastiness belongs to every group..I have seen it in all races in high schools, as an educator, forever, nothing really changes...although we would hope it has..and believe you me, Canadians should not assume we are any different, just because Toronto is mutlicultural...
  3. Sonny posted on 04/28/2014 10:26 AM
    The old guy was probably set up by his mixed girl friend OR it could have been taped by his ex. It will be interesting to see what the NBA would do to him given that he is an owner rather than a player or coach...
  4. john posted on 04/28/2014 12:03 PM
    he should have never trusted women i dont . i love them but i would never trust them. i would never trust my generation of women there 2 sneaky .
  5. Karl Burgin posted on 04/28/2014 12:56 PM
    1.> This guy must be some distant relative of donny p.
    2.> I'm not sure whether to laugh, cry, or be astonished at the outright racist views
    3.> Someone mentioned on the radio this morning, that the bigger issue is that everyone in the higher-ups of the NBA knew about it but did nothing- and let this guy just slide by. Someone needs to address that.
    4.> How stupid are you to express views like that- especially when the majority of NBA players ARE black. And you're fooling around with a half-black girlfriend; who is of course in this relationship solely for the money
    Half to give the girl credit though. With what she's willing to put up with just to get her hands on his money. And I'm talking about things in the budois....
    I can't see any 25 year old guy wanting to get into a relationship with Paula Deen to achieve the same thing- or Martha Stewart.
  6. Drewlocks posted on 04/28/2014 10:32 PM
    Its a shame that people still have this type of hate. What good does it bring, does it make them happy. I hope the NBA does the right thing. There is no reason to hate any social group.
  7. Drewlocks posted on 04/28/2014 10:32 PM
    Its a shame that people still have this type of hate. What good does it bring, does it make them happy. I hope the NBA does the right thing. There is no reason to hate any social group.
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