Racist Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Is An Embarrassment To The NBA


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TMZ reported late Friday night that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded telling his girlfriend to not post pictures on Instagram or other social media of her with black people. Apparently, Sterling is OK with dating a much younger woman who happens to be half-Mexican and half-black. However, he does not want her publicly associating with other people of color, as he somehow feels that will reflect poorly on him.

TMZ has the audio here. Sterling was apparently angry that his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, posted a pictue of her and Magic Johnson on Instagram. Below are transcribed excerpts of the worst parts of that conversation:

— “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)

— “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.” (5:15)

“I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)

— “…Don’t put him [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.” (9:13)

 

There has been quite a reaction since TMZ posted the article. Johnson made the following statement to TMZ on Saturday morning:

“It’s a shame that Donald Sterling feels that way about African-Americans. He has a team full of amazing African-American basketball players that are working to bring a championship to Clippers fans. The Clippers also have a strong minority fan base.”

 

The worst part about this is that Sterling has openly flaunted his racist attitude for years without any repercussion from the NBA. Sterling has been sued by the Department of Justice in the past for housing discrimination. Apparently, he did not want to rent out his Beverly Hills and Koreatown apartments to African Americans or Hispanics. He was forced to pay a multi-million dollar settlement. Also, former general manager Elgin Baylor sued Sterling for race and age discrimination.

Last year, Jeff Pearlman recounted a story from the 1980’s, when Sterling was looking for a new coach for the Clippers. He brought in Villanova coach Rollie Massimino for an interview. Massimino ended up angrily calling then Clippers GM Paul Phipps late in the evening after Massimino met with Sterling. Here is what transpired:

According to Phipps, Massimino boarded the jet, and when he landed in Los Angeles he exited the walkway and spotted Sterling. “They met,” said Phipps, “and between 3 and 4 in the morning my phone rings.” It was an irate Massimino. “I’m sorry,” he told Phipps, “but I’d never work for that son of a bitch. Ever.”

Phipps, half asleep, sat up on his bed and asked what went wrong. “Here’s this guy,” Massimino said, “and he has this blonde bimbo with him, they have a bottle of champagne, they’re tanked. And Don looks at me and he says, ‘I wanna know why you think you can coach these niggers.'”

Massimino told Phipps he began screaming at Sterling and swore he’d rather die than become coach of the Clippers.

At this point, the NBA has to do something about Sterling. He is a complete and utter embarrassment to the league. Considering that about three-fourths of the league’s players are black, and the league’s fanbase has the largest minority share of any of the major sports leagues, it would behoove the league to move right away in punishing Sterling. To be honest, the league brought it on themselves by not addressing this issue with him previously. Sterling has felt emboldened over the years, feeling like he can say and do anything.

A message needs to be sent to him that there are repercussions for your words and actions. It will be interesting to see the direction the league takes.

28 Responses to "Racist Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Is An Embarrassment To The NBA"

  1. Kachina   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Okay, folks…have you taken this whole thing out of context? I mean, really, look at both of them. I do not care how much money he has, he is OLD and she is YOUNG and beautiful. I do not believe he is a racist unless there is more proof throughout his life. He’s intimated and scared of loosing her. It’s a Man Thang..move on

    • Will   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      He is scared that Magic is going to hit that. I guess he is a lonely old man and that is knows that she is a beautiful young lady. The old masters who want to be with the slave, but don’t want his buddies to know.

      • Denise   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

        Ditto Will! You hit the nail on the proverbial head!

      • nick m   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

        Only a racist would be blind to all the racist things he said..where is the cutoff line between not being a racist and being a racist when someone says such things by age? Very odd logic you have there…

    • alonzo patten   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Did you read the whole article? Guess not

    • Ally   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      I’m going to assume you didn’t actually read the entire article where it stated he’d been sued previously by the Justice Department for refusing to rent properties to African Americans and Hispanics… And that he had to pay a multi-million dollar settlement for it. And that you also failed to read the part of the article where it stated while looking to hire a new coach, he used an egregious racial slur which caused the prospective coach to state he’d rather die than work for him. That sort if sounds like a history of racist behavior.

      • Denise   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        @Ally: Ditto! Pow with both barrels! LOL!!

    • Tiffany   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Girl wake up and open your little privileged eyes to what is going on! Nobody has taken anything out of context. Let me ask you this? Do you see a problem with whites associating with blacks or other minorities publicly? Do you see a problem with people who have that point of view? If not, you are a part of the problem. His issue was not jealousy. It was pure hate. Lastly, he has been used for racist behavior in the past. If you don’t know what you are talking about, you should just keep strolling and shut up!

    • Karma   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      your a nice person who is so naive Really !
      According to Phipps, Massimino boarded the jet, and when he landed in Los Angeles he exited the walkway and spotted Sterling. “They met,” said Phipps, “and between 3 and 4 in the morning my phone rings.” It was an irate Massimino. “I’m sorry,” he told Phipps, “but I’d never work for that son of a bitch. Ever.”
      Phipps, half asleep, sat up on his bed and asked what went wrong. “Here’s this guy,” Massimino said, “and he has this blonde bimbo with him, they have a bottle of champagne, they’re tanked. And Don looks at me and he says, ‘I wanna know why you think you can coach these niggers.’”
      Massimino told Phipps he began screaming at Sterling and swore he’d rather die than become coach of the Clippers.

    • Flan59   Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Read much?

    • Carabella1   Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 10:18 am

      You seriously don’t consider this racist. Wow.

    • Suzette   Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      REALLY!! I can’t believe a comment was made that he got jealous that magic would hit that, sorry, not impress with that answer, maybe if it was a younger fine actor or athlete, then I might say, yes that is a possibility. But stop covering up his actions toward discrimation towards blacks and Hispanics, he paid enough settlements, multi millions dollar settlements, in the past, and yet he continues to repeat his self, why, because he seems to get away with it, and to add ignorance to this circle, Donald trump comes to his defense, either he is stupid or he knows he can get away with it too.

  2. Tom Huffman   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    What is she doing with him anyways…oh yeah, she likes the verbal abuse and the fact that he’s rolling in money… What a bitch!! She’s it’s as bad as him for staying with his old racist ass…!

  3. francisco   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    You can be rich in money but you are a poor human been.

    • Denise   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      @Francisco: Ditto!

  4. Hector Arellano Borbolla   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    This has got to be dealt with and iron fist !it must stop know! we’ve all had enough of this kind of attitude from these racist knuckleheads.

  5. Patti Lynn   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    If she stays with him, after those remarks, then she is a member of the world’s oldest profession.

  6. Tim Robbins   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    If they’re not good enough to be your friends, they’re not good enough to play on your basketball team.

  7. Denise   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    @Kachina: Note that the article clearly states that Sterling has flaunted his racist attitude…. So perhaps it is not “just a man thing”. He is clearly a racist, hypocritical, turd!

  8. Labman57   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Remember, racism is no longer an issue in American society.
    The conservative SCOTUS majority told us so.

  9. T.P. Woodfork   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Kachina – A perfect example of forming a snap opinion with a minimum of information. Must be a Fox News junkie. ‘Move on – too lazy to check out what’s really here.”

  10. Darryl White   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Racist attitudes, racism, discrimination are old evils that have often been minimized when profit margins are considered. The NBA must be force to reconsider the effect of continued association with this documented racist. Profit margins, lucrative broadcasting rights, merchandising and or merchandizing loss will affect profit margin. The question becomes risk of continued association with a continually exposed bigot. Money talks and bull shit can take a walk. The more negative publicity this generates the more difficult it will be for the NBA too keep its head buried… While the head is buried the ass Racist attitudes, racism, discrimination are old evils that have often been minimized when profit margins are considered. The NBA must be force to reconsider the effect of continued association with this documented racist. Profit margins, lucrative broadcasting rights, merchandising and or merchandizing loss will affect profit margin. The question becomes on or risk.

  11. Rita Bumgarner Kenion   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Are you sure his isn’t his great granddaughter, and how “white” is she? What kind of idiot is he, other than a rich one, of course?

  12. Karen   Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I am so tired of all this hatred and racist remarks from old white mem. I strongly feel it’s time to make an example of someone and this person is the one the NBA needs to do just that. If I were his players and fans need to walk away from the Clippers and leave this racist pig without a team. It’s time to forget about $$$$ and do the right thing. As long as this type of behavior is excepted the worse it will get.

  13. kg   Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 1:49 am

    He is a racists. All the proof has been there for years. Elgin Baylor.Massisimo. Now Magic. The man is a bigot and a low person. He needs to go.

  14. Ben   Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    The only thing people like Sterling understands is money. Words will do nothing to sway this man’s racist views. He needs to be attacked in the wallet. Devalue the Clippers by boycotting Clipper games and fan gear.

  15. MsLaLa   Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Who likes the freaking clippers any way? If you have a problem with him and his words remember that he does not own your right to pay him no mind. this is stupid. It’s like the fat, old, wrinkled, blind, slow kid is calling some one names while taking a poo in his pants. it’s pathetic. Black keep his lights white. The retard forgot.

  16. PGinlLV   Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    It’s always a race thing…let’s be honest.No one off the clock wants their cel phone coversations to be a measurable career burner.how bout he had a MISTRESS for 4 years openly!!!NBA ok with that?That’s what should be frowned upon…if you fire and penalize and rake thru the country for every racist person you want to punish that would include just about anyone over 70.But it’s always a race thing.sigh.