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LA Clipper's Owner Donald Sterling is Racist. There's Audio Proof.

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  • Center Left
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    Donald Sterling is the owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. He is also in the news... it's rarely ever a good thing when an owner of a major team franchise is making headlines. You typically want owners to be sort of known for their contributions to the team and the city they work and live in, their outspoken nature of how much they enjoy the sport and how much they want their team to do well and succeed, etc.

    What you do not want is for your team's owner to be branded a racist. And what you really don't want is for an audio tape to be leaked to the public that shows just how much of a racist you really are.

    But that's exactly what happened. A 9 minute or so audio recording of a conversation between Sterling and his current girlfriend (although I'm sure not for long now) just leaked to all the major news and sports news outlets. In this private conversation between the two, they are arguing over a picture the girlfriend uploaded to Instagram. In the picture, she was posing with Magic Johnson. Donald Sterling makes it clear that he doesn't like it at all that she feels the need to publicly display that she hangs out with black people. He went on to tell her that he doesn't want her to bring black people to his games. ..that last line is pretty much verbatim.

    I listened to the whole tape, that was uploaded by TMZ. I have two things two say about it. First, it seems like the girlfriend purposely set him up. If you listen to her word choice and delivery, it sounds like she had every intent to record him saying racist things and then to sell that recording to the highest bidder. That coupled with the fact that she is young and beautiful, and he is old, not beautiful, and rich.. putting all of that together, I suspect that she is less than genuine in all of this. Keep in mind, that's just my opinion.

    Second point, regardless of the girlfriend's intent, Sterling said some point blank racist remarks. I think an important distinction though: he didn't say anything in a hate-filled way, at least not angrily. He said his comments as if he understood that he is in fact racist, but he just doesn't want anyone to know about it. He doesn't want to admit it (too loudly or publicly). But, he doesn't seem to have any ill-intent toward minorities. It's just that he doesn't want to appear to privately associate himself with black people. Does that make sense?

    Here's the TMZ audio, uploaded to Youtube. Check it out and tell me if you agree. Also, what should the NBA due to Sterling over this, if anything? One last point to consider, Sterling has a history and reputation of being a racist. This isn't the first, second or even third time Donald Sterling's name has shared a headline with the word 'racist'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhT6d5fMhzI
  • Liberal
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    He's old, Caucasian and a billionaire.....I could have told you he's a racist without the audio
  • Democrat
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    Wow, that is some damnable logic being applied here, "you f@2k him just don't be seen in public with him" .Now I know what the league would say and to a player who held these views and they were made public, even if it was in the context of a private conversation, we all know what would happen to a coach or player in any league, baseball, football, whatever now lets see how the NBA Commissioner handles this.
  • Other Party
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    The team released a statement about the recording...and they say that he really didn't mean it, or something to that effect. The important thing is they did not deny that it was him on the tape.

    Assuming it WAS him, he's toast, and it sure seems like it was him.

    The NBA Commissioner is brand new only on the job a few months, but he has no choice...he has to suspend Sterling from his own team, or whatever it takes to get him out of the picture.

    Sterling has been known as one of the worst owners in professional sports for decades, and the worst NBA owner hands down. His Clippers have been terrible for such a long time and now they are pretty good, better than ever in his ownership, and now he's got to leave.

    The NBA is made up of about 75%-80% black players and this is a "GOTS TO GO" situation.

    Sterling should just accept his fate and sell the team. He's rich, and will probably make money on the sale, and there's lots of potential girlfriends out there, for someone with his money.

    Example: The Milwaukee Bucks are the worst team in the NBA this year. They were purchased by Herb Kohl for $18,000,000 in 1985 and sold a couple of weeks ago for $550,000,000. Pretty good return on his investment.
  • Liberal
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    Should he continue owning the team??? His employees are black. This is going to get interesting. I myself would lose on purpose in the playoffs costing this guy millions in revenue...not that the clippers can defeat the heat
  • Center Left
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    So far, NBA's Commissioner Adam Silver isn't committing to any form of punishment. The most he said about it today punishment-wise is that Sterling won't be at the Golden State/Clippers game on Sunday. Looks like he won't issue any kind of suspension or penalty or threat or anything really until he has proof. Beyond that, we'll see. It is clear though that Commish Silver isn't taking a hard nose stance by getting in front of this and making an example out of Sterling by suspending him during the investigation. That doesn't make Silver look particularly tough, which in turn doesn't make him look like a particularly good head guy for a major sport's association. It seems clear enough that the tape is real and even clearer that the male voice is Donald Sterling. I laughed when I heard that that was the part in question. How clever a defense, I thought.
  • Independent
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote: He's old, Caucasian and a billionaire.....I could have told you he's a racist without the audio
    Wow LA, that's almost as racist as Charles Barkley's comment...
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    sbfriedman Wrote: So far, NBA's Commissioner Adam Silver isn't committing to any form of punishment. The most he said about it today punishment-wise is that Sterling won't be at the Golden State/Clippers game on Sunday. Looks like he won't issue any kind of suspension or penalty or threat or anything really until he has proof. Beyond that, we'll see. It is clear though that Commish Silver isn't taking a hard nose stance by getting in front of this and making an example out of Sterling by suspending him during the investigation. That doesn't make Silver look particularly tough, which in turn doesn't make him look like a particularly good head guy for a major sport's association. It seems clear enough that the tape is real and even clearer that the male voice is Donald Sterling. I laughed when I heard that that was the part in question. How clever a defense, I thought.
    I agree. The new commissioner looks weak and indecisive, which will definitely not help him gain the respect of countless players, coaches, and fans. He could have made a bold statement condemning Silver and immediately sanction him, but instead punted on the issue and lost any sense of commanding authority. That doesn't bode well for a brand new commissioner after David Stern's iron fist like tenure.
  • Liberal
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    Wealthy old white guys stick together - no shocks here! And, that's not racist in spite of what some kids here might think! The fact is people of all persuasions relate to those that they have the most in common with.
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    jared Donald Sterling is now being referred to as the "New Cliven Bundy", or the "Cliven Bundy of the NBA", and you are exactly right, the new guy Commish Silver is missing a wonderful opportunity to establish himself. He should IMMEDIATELY suspend Sterling until his investigation is complete, then take whatever means necessary to ensure that Sterling is forced out forever.

    I understand due process, but this situation is so bad that it deserves at least the temporary suspension until more permanent actions can be taken.

    Magic Johnson was just on ABC and said that he had considered Sterling a friend, and since he's is very familiar with Sterling's voice, that's probably good enough for all of us. Magic is as popular as he is powerful in the NBA and especially in L.A. and when he denounces you, you're in trouble.

    Mr Sterling SHOULD realize that he is "dead man walking" and agree to sell out and go away. He's 42 years older than his soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend, a billionaire, so why shoud he subject himself to a fight that he cannot win? But he also has a reputation of loving to fight things out in court, so maybe he'll have to be forced out.

    Some of the Clipper players reportedly talked about the possibility of boycotting or forfeiting their own playoff game. I would guess that has never happened before.

    Come on Commissioner Silver, do the right thing and do it soon.
  • Independent
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    I am a 53 "white" male and I am personally sick, tired and outraged over the racist games people continue to play with each other. Not only is it childish, it's just plain stupid. Eve r since I was a little boy people around me would constantly try to "brainwash" (for want of a better term) to dislike other people because of their race. This is why I say it's a childish mentality, hate people because "they" are different???????!!!!!!! I am not nor have I ever been racist, I judge not by "The color of the skin but by the content of the character". Of course would be unrealistic to think racism will magically go away since when the old generation die off new racist slimeballs will take the place. Therefore, we, the superior non-racsits of every race MUST NOT give fuel to the the wicked fire by getting into a huge uproar over these fools with racial slurs. Simply consider the sources. In conclusion I shall go so far as to share my spiritual belief: God made everyone and everything.
  • Liberal
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    I don't understand the players. I would forfeit the play offs. I don't understand the reasoning. This man stands to gain a whole lot of money if they were to win. Just in jerseys being sold....he'd make millions. They must not be too upset.

    If there was ever a moment to have this type of protest. This is the moment
  • Other Party
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    Magic Johnson explained it. He said the players ARE upset. He also explained to them that the fight is in the hands of others. The players need to play, and let the Commissioner and the other owners fight the fight.

    The players have to take care of themselves and their families and the basketball court is their sanctuary, it's where they do their job by playing the game that they love. They owe it to themselves, their families, and their coaches and fans.

    I'm not going to argue with Magic, and his logic, but many of them are surely conflicted.

    The Clippers are playing now, and losing badly, and I wonder how much this incident is affecting their play?
  • Liberal
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    But that's the thing.... SACRIFICE. Protests aren't meant to be easy. You lose pay and give yourself up for the cause of the protest. I would agree with you under other circumstances.... this is the moment. If they're still looking for a paycheck out of this then they've missed the point. They're getting a paycheck from a man who finds them repulsive. DO THE HONORABLE THING. AT ALL COSTS


    Do you now understand what I mean when I say... COFEE SHOP PROTESTERS.


    I'm a teamster,,,,, we have walked out on issues and not received pay in protest. I'm not trying to hear about millionaires not wanting to get a paycheck. They got paid for the season. This is the playoffs..,..... this is their moment to show what unity can bring

    Coffee Shop protest
  • Other Party
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    I understand what you are saying.

    I understand what Magic Johnson is saying, too.

    Magic has been in and around the NBA for 35 years, he's a former NBA Champion and former All-Star player, now an NBA owner, Hall of Famer, now also a TV commentator, his opinion counts more than most. In fact his opinion counts much more. He's actually been there and done that.

    We see it from the outside, he tells it like he sees it from the inside.

    Your opinion on issues involving the teamsters may count more than his.