Saturday, April 26, 2014

#NBA to Investigate Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's Racist Comments

At the New York Times, "N.B.A. Is Investigating Comments Attributed to Clippers’ Owner Donald Sterling."

Interesting is the quote from the Clippers' management essentially conceding the TMZ audiotape as authentic:

In the audio recording, a person identified by TMZ as Sterling can be heard chiding a former girlfriend, identified by the website as V. Stiviano, saying he was angry that she had posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself and Johnson.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” Sterling is alleged to have said. He added later in the recording, referring to her Instagram postings, that “you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.”

“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 person identified as Sterling also said. “Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo, broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”

Sterling’s wife sued Stiviano last month, asking for the return of cash, property, cars and other items that Sterling gave Stiviano.

The Clippers’ president, Andy Roeser, said in a statement Saturday that he was not certain whether the recording was authentic and that the club was investigating.

Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect, his views, beliefs or feelings,” Roeser said in the statement. “It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life. He feels terrible that such sentiments are being attributed to him and apologizes to anyone who might have been hurt by them.”
PREVIOUSLY: "Liberal #Democrat Donald Sterling Caught on Tape Screaming Ugly Racist Epithets," and "Hey, 'No More Mister', It's 'Donald T. Sterling' Who Owns the #Clippers, LOL!"