Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling started a furious uproar over the weekend when a tape full of racist comments he allegedly made to his girlfriend was made public, and his ugly talk has ticked off everyone from Snoop Dogg to the president.
In the tapes, released by TMZ and Deadspin, Sterling told now-estranged girlfriend V. Stiviano to stop bringing black men to Clippers games as her guests.
"I'm just saying in your lousy f***** Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people," the man on the tape said. "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."
Sterling has not issued a statement denying it is him on the tape, but while Stiviano denied releasing the audio herself, she says the male is absolutely Sterling.
The owner's comments have caused an uproar, with everyone from Snoop Dogg to President Barack Obama weighing in.
"The owner is reported to have said some incredibly offensive racist statements that were published," Obama said in response to a reporter's question during his trip to Malaysia. "I don't think I have to interpret those statements for you; they kind of speak for themselves. When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything; you just let them talk."
"The United States continues to wrestle with a legacy of race and slavery and segregation that's still there — the vestiges of discrimination," he later added at a press conference. "We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often. 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 some statements like this stand out so much is because there… has been this shift in how we view ourselves."
Snoop Dogg was far less elegant in his reaction, but he definitely drove his point home. Fair warning: Snoop drops no less than 73 expletives in this rant, so it's probably (for sure) NSFW.
The Clippers players themselves took the high road and staged a silent protest against Sterling's ugly words, ditching their Clippers warm-up jerseys mid-court in favor of plain red inside-out T-shirts.
Magic Johnson, one of the people in the photos to which Sterling objected, and Kobe Bryant both condemned Sterling's comments.
TMZ reported this morning that Clippers owner Donald Sterling doesn't want me or other African-Americans to come to Clippers games.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 26, 2014
.@cjbycookie and I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 26, 2014
I feel sorry for my friends Coach Doc Rivers and Chris Paul that they have to work for a man that feels that way about African Americans.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 26, 2014
LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 26, 2014
I couldn't play for him— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 26, 2014
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