NBA Probes Racist Audio Said to Be Clippers Owner
Donald Sterling allegedly tells girlfriend not to bring black people to games
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2014 3:17 PM CDT
FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported...   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

(Newser) – The NBA is investigating a TMZ-released tape of a racist screed, allegedly by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, ESPN reports. The recording, according to TMZ, reveals Sterling arguing with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, over a picture she posted on Instagram of herself and Magic Johnson. "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people," he says to Stiviano, who is black and Mexican. "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."

The recording specifically targets Johnson: "Don't put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games." The league called the tape "disturbing and offensive," saying it was "in the process of conducting a full investigation." It's not the first allegedly racist incident involving Sterling, TMZ notes; he has, for instance, faced two lawsuits by the federal government over allegedly refusing to rent to minorities. Others are responding:

  • Johnson has tweeted that he'll "never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner."
  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson says Sterling "should be banned immediately. The question is for how long," ESPN reports. "The first burden is upon the commissioner, Adam Silver, to act decisively because we don't want this to drag on throughout the playoffs."
  • The Clippers have considered not playing tomorrow, ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith says, via TMZ. Center Deandre Jordan posted an Instagram photo that was simply all black, the Huffington Post reports.

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Apr 29, 2014 2:54 PM CDT
Who is the bigger idiot: the owner, for being a racist, or his chick, for dating (and who knows what else ... wink wink) the bigot?
Apr 28, 2014 1:45 PM CDT
Democrat Sterling was a big donor to the NAACP. So much so they recently gave him their humanitarian award
Apr 28, 2014 11:21 AM CDT
Private opinions aside, this is what this whole issue is really all about...vengeance: '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." ' Hope they nail her not only for $1.8mil. theft, but for violation of privacy by publicly posting this very personal and private conversation! Which she had no business doing!