Los Angeles Clippers Owner Reportedly Makes Racist Comments, Stars React


Iyana Robertson | April 26, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Donald Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, has come under fire after TMZ reportedly obtained audio of a discussion with his girlfriend in which he makes lewd racist comments. Bashing his girlfriend for interacting with “minorities,” Sterling requests that she not bring Black people to Clippers games, including Magic Johnson. “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” he asks her in the clip (above). Stating that he is a part of a “culture,” Sterling defended his remarks to his girlfriend in a casual way-of-the-world manner, as he tore into her about taking photos with Black people on Instagram “for the world to have to see.” And now, stars have reacted to Sterling’s shameful comments, including Magic Johnson, who got wind of the video today:

Snoop Dogg also made a personalized Instagram message to Sterling, complete with a few choice words: Meek Mill also took to Twitter, calling Sterling the “definition of racism”:

ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith also shared his thoughts on the controversy, saying that Sterling has a history of racist acts towards players. He also called for the NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, to get involved. “Obviously, I was appalled. But to be quite honest with you, I wasn’t too surprised. I’ve know several players that have played for Donald Sterling in the past, in particular Baron Davis, who’s been on the record, very publicly decrying some of the stuff that was spewed in his direction,” he said on ESPN today (Aug. 26) Several commentators and public figures, including Smith, have called for the LA Clippers, including Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, to sit out their upcoming Game 4 tomorrow afternoon. Coach Doc Rivers plans to meet with the team as well. Additional tapes of Donald Sterling making more racist remarks are also said to come out in coming days.