The sports world was set ablaze today after TMZ released a tape of the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling criticizing his girlfriend for taking a picture with NBA legend Magic Johnson.
Soundbites from the tape included:
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”
• “You can sleep with them. 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.”
• “I’m just saying, in your lousy [expletive] Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.”
• “Don’t put him [Magic Johnson] 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 statements caused a huge uproar on social media, with this not being the first time Sterling had been involved in racial problems.
Magic Johnson, after hearing of the tape, said he was “felt sorry” for Chris Paul and Clippers coach Doc Rivers who worked for Sterling, and that he and his wife would never attend a Clippers game as long as Sterling was owner.
Comedian Kevin Hart was visibly outraged at the incident, pushing the NBA to take a stand and also vowed not to ever pay a dime towards Sterling’s pockets by boycotting Clippers’ games.
Several journalists and prominent people also took a stand against Sterling’s outburst, with Reverend Jesse Jackson asking the Clippers to boycott the team’s playoff game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
Chris Paul and Doc Rivers have however stated that the team will take to the floor, irrespective of “distractions”.