Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling reportedly made a racist rant, which now stirs much controversy in TV shows, among minorities, and even the President of the United States.
US President Barrack Obama in a press conference during his four-stop Asian travel in Malaysia Sunday said that Sterling’s remarks proves that US still hasn’t gotten over the legacy of race and segregation, and that there is still ignorance among some people in the US.
TMZ released an alleged audiotape that contains a heated conversation between Sterling and V. Stiviano, his female companion. The conversation revealed Sterling, telling Stiviano not to bring “black people” during the games, even Magic Johnson. In the tape, Sterling is heard telling his female companion that it bothers him to see her taking pictures with minorities and that he doesn’t want her to be associated with minorities.
NBA personalities condemns Sterling’s racist remarks
NBA legend and Bobcats Chairman Michael Jordan said in a statement that he is disgusted with how an owner, like himself, could have offensive and sickening views. Jordan hopes for Adam Silver to look into this issue and act on it quick. While as a former NBA player, Jordan is appalled with the ignorance that is present in the NBA. He also said that there shouldn’t be racism of any kind anywhere, especially in the NBA where most of the players are African-American.
Even Clippers coach Doc Rivers didn’t like the comments. He said they had a team meeting and he doesn’t want the players to deal with this controversy. He said the players voiced their opinions and they weren’t happy about their owner’s racist rant.
NAACP Los Angeles chapter was about to honor Sterling with the lifetime achievement award, however, with the controversial remark, NAACP interim president Lorraine Miller said the award would be withdrawn.
Miami Heat player Lebron James said there is no room in the NBA for Donald Sterling. He fears what could happen to the players if something like this is allowed or even possible. He hopes for Adam Silver to act on this matter.
Other celebrities aren’t happy with the remark. Rap mogul Russell Simmons said he feels sorry for the people who work for Sterling. Meek Mill and Kevin Heart said Sterling is a racist. Hart said he is disgusted and that Sterling has a slave master mindset, which is disgusting and is very sad. He is also sympathetic for his friends who play for Sterling.