L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Under Fire for Racist Remarks: VIDEOS

Outrage over L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks exploded over the weekend, as major players as well as President Obama commented on the recording, in which Sterling told his girlfriend V. Stiviano not to associate with black people or bring them to his games.

SterlingSterling rails on Stiviano -- who ironically is black and Mexican -- for putting herself out in public with a black person (she has since taken the pic down).  But it doesn't end there.  You have to listen to the audio to fully grasp the magnitude of Sterling's racist worldview. Among the comments:

-- "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)

Here's the recording if you havent' heard it:

Stiviano says that Sterling knew he was being recorded.

Magic Johnson said Sterling shouldn't own a team anymore. Johnson was referenced in the recording when Sterling told Stiviano, "...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."

Bobcats owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan also released a statement:

"I look at this from two perspectives -- as a current owner and as a former player. As an owner, I'm obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I'm confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly.

As a former player, I'm completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA -- or anywhere else -- for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level. "

And President Obama, visiting Malaysia, made remarks aobut the incident:

"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk...[The NBA has] an awful lot of African American players, it's steeped in African American culture. And I suspect that the NBA is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this."

He added:

"The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation, that's still there, the vestiges of discrimination," Obama said during a news conference in Malaysia, where he was traveling.

"We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often," he added. "And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why statements like this stand out some much is because there has been this shift in how we view ourselves."

EichTo some in the LGBT world, the controversy had echoes of another - the outrage over former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was defended by conservatives for donating to California's Prop 8 campaign.

Wrote David Badash:

"Right now, many are demanding Sterling be sanctioned, many more want him to be forced to sell the Clippers.

But shouldn’t Andrew Sullivan, Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins, AEI fellow Charles Murray, Legal Insurrection blogger William A. Jacobson, former GOP chair Ken Mehlman, Washington Post blogger Eugene Volokh, Slate’s Will Saletan, and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, among many others, voice support for Sterling?

Shouldn’t they be rushing to his defense?

They all certainly were defending Brendan Eich just a few weeks ago. Some, in a strange reverse exercise of “hate the sin, love the sinner” act, even this week."

John Aravosis agreed:

Oh the irony.

It was only a few weeks ago that America was lecturing the gay community about its intolerance for intolerance, for objecting to a bigot (in fact, an anti-gay activist, Brendan Eich) running a major American corporation (in this case, the Mozilla Foundation).

Republicans, including gay conservatives, were particularly upset that anyone would judge a man’s job performance, especially the man running a company, by his personal animus towards minorities, many of whom would be his own employees. So long as he didn’t discriminate against his own employees, he was free to be a bigot, they told us.

Now, they’re all eating crow.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he's not yet ready to sanction Sterling yet:

“All members of the NBA family should be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present their side of any controversy, which is why I’m not yet prepared to discuss any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling,” Silver said. “We will, however, move extraordinarily quickly in our investigation. In the meantime, Mr. Sterling has agreed he will not attend his playoff game tomorrow in Golden State.”

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  1. It's a good thing that the US Supreme Court just ruled last week that we are in a post-racist society and admissions based on race are unconstitutional. Apparently the justices don' live in the world we all live in every day.

    Posted by: Keith | Apr 27, 2014 8:40:37 PM


  2. None of those who defended Eich will step up and defend Sterling because... um.. let me see here.

    Oh, right. People get their knickers in a twist because two guys are having butt sex, even those people who have butt sex.

    Posted by: Zach | Apr 27, 2014 8:49:22 PM


  3. So I guess some "black mafia" is now gonna have Sterling's head roll?

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 27, 2014 9:07:32 PM


  4. Will Bill Maher be making a comment about the "black mafia" taking this guy out of his job?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 27, 2014 9:25:22 PM


  5. So wait, this guy thinks it's perfectly ok for him to be out in public with his mistress even though he's still married. He thinks it's perfectly fine that his mistress is a person of colour. He also thinks that it's perfectly ok for his black mistress to sleep with black people. But she posts a photo of herself standing next to Magic Johnson, and that somehow makes him look bad???

    Clearly the guy is a racist but I really have no idea how he's deciding what actions violate his moral code. He seems more crazy and/or demented than racist.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Apr 27, 2014 9:42:55 PM


  6. We're waiting, Sully. After all didn't you indicate "Brothers Welcome on your "brebackcity.com" website?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 27, 2014 9:57:01 PM


  7. I suppose the crow they're eating is black?

    Posted by: steve talbert | Apr 27, 2014 10:41:05 PM


  8. Well at least one of the righties has come to this guy's defense. Bill Kristol says don't go hysterical over 2 or 3 racist statements.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/27/bill-kristol-defends-nba-owner-dont-go-hysterical-over-two-or-three-racist-comments/

    Posted by: anon | Apr 27, 2014 10:53:05 PM


  9. I'm glad the irony and double standard isn't lost on people. I'll certainly be putting this instance in my pocket for future use.

    Posted by: Mutant | Apr 27, 2014 10:56:18 PM


  10. David Badash and John Aravosis are IDIOTS!

    The argument from Sullivan wasn't that Eich should be free to be a bigot. It was that disagreeing with Badash and Aravosis on marriage doesn't make him a bigot. Unsurprisingly, these two are incapable of getting that message.

    Posted by: David | Apr 27, 2014 11:33:03 PM


  11. @Keith:

    I'm doubt anyone on the Supreme Court asserted that we are living in a society free of racism. However, if you can prove my doubts wrong please go ahead.

    Saying that racial discriminations in admissions can be forbidden is NOT saying racism doesn't exist. Furthermore, the racially-minded system you like has existed for quite some time and by your own admission hasn't ended racism. So what is its purpose?

    Posted by: David | Apr 27, 2014 11:36:14 PM


  12. Gotta love when gay activist love piggybacking on race issues but refuse to acknowledge the rampant racism in the LGBT community.

    I wonder if Sterling's girlfriend has any integrity whatsoever. I couldn't imagine staying with someone who so obviously racist. She's not even white passing enough for people to not think she's mixed so why date her? Modern day slavery folks. They still hate us and still making money on us.

    Posted by: Derrick | Apr 28, 2014 12:33:46 AM


  13. David Badash and John Aravosis GET IT!

    The argument from Sullivan wasn't that Sterling should be free to be a bigot. It was that disagreeing with Badash and Aravosis on race doesn't make him a bigot. Unsurprisingly, these two have been quite capable of getting that message right off.

    Posted by: Tim | Apr 28, 2014 12:35:18 AM


  14. Derrick: This is a Straw-Man "...love when gay activist (sic) love piggybacking ... but refuse to acknowledge..."

    David: You've got to be trolling, right? If not, you're the idiot. I have neither the energy nor inclination to unpack it all for you, why you're such an idiot. Maybe someone else will be kind enough to.

    Posted by: JellyRollIceCreamBomb | Apr 28, 2014 12:47:13 AM


  15. You can think whatever you want, but for god's sake don't record it or go around telling people if you don't have a good sense of who gets to be forgiven. Black people who don't like white people are the only ones who get to say it out loud.

    As for those who don't like gay people...well they're petty much on the run if they want to seem decent and reasonable. The religious ones are too preposterous to have to seriously bother with (except in the South).

    The personal fact is few of us care a bit what Sterling or almost anyone else says anymore than they care what most of us have to say. If you're having fun you're way too far ahead in the game to even have to notice most of what passes as news.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 28, 2014 12:50:48 AM


  16. "Collective distain," collectively disdains me. Speaking of racism, I want to hear a tape about why so many Caucasians date Asians?

    Posted by: Arrow | Apr 28, 2014 1:12:33 AM


  17. @ JELLYROLLICECREAMBOMB: LOL He's no troll but what he's saying is truth! If you honestly think this community doesn't have racist people regardless of their race you're more naive than I thought!

    UFFDA: You're a poor excuse for life living maybe you don't care and judging from some of your past comments on here it's understandable. What Black person said racist comments aloud and never got called out?

    Posted by: CHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Apr 28, 2014 3:31:04 AM


  18. This is different from Eich, because Eich put his money toward implementing an illegal law, which harmed California children, and cost the state a lot of money.

    Sterling simply destroyed his own relationship (unless there's more to be revealed).

    I don't think he should lose his job. Like any player, he needs to be suspended and heavily fined (to an extent he'll feel). When he makes good, he can come back.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 28, 2014 3:37:09 AM


  19. Donald Sterling is in his 80's, has a couple billion dollars, most likely doesn't give a rat f*ck about the outcome of this.

    Posted by: subconscious | Apr 28, 2014 3:49:27 AM


  20. @subconscious

    Then why is he apologizing?

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 28, 2014 3:58:15 AM


  21. The sad thing is that Sterling is a Democrat. Conservatives will have a field day over this.

    Posted by: petey | Apr 28, 2014 6:33:33 AM


  22. Oh yeah? Think again.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/28/donald-sterling-and-the-neverending-fantasy-of-democrat-racism.html

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 28, 2014 9:25:26 AM


  23. Perhaps some good will come of this. I wonder if some of these Black players who hate gays so much will have a better understanding of their own bigotry.

    Posted by: Peter | Apr 28, 2014 9:39:25 AM


  24. He's typical of most sports team owners in that he believes he's part of a privileged class that get to define their own morality. MJ, an ex-Laker, was probably no fan of him or the Clippers to start with, but is part of the same group--and you can throw in all the associations to the rap music industry here too--it's all the same, particularly their treatment of women (which no one in the blogosphere or amongst the opinionistas seems to care about). So, these guys can mistreat women all they like, and no one cares, but they can't be hypocritically racist? Why aren't we, since we have such moral authority now, calling for the owners of rap music labels to divest their assets over their treatment and attitudes towards women? And doubly over for their attitude towards gays?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 28, 2014 10:57:50 AM


  25. CHOCOLATEBEARCLUB (what a clever name) Read ANON and wake up.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 28, 2014 11:04:17 AM


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