TMZ reported late Friday evening that they have a disturbing audio recording of Sterling questioning his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, why she associates with African Americans. Stiviano, who is part Mexican and part black, posted a photo of Magic Johnson and her on her Instagram profile. Apparently, that set off Sterling, who has had issues with racism in the past.
The following is an excerpt from the released recording:
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” Sterling says.
Later in the recording he says, “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.”
There are other upsetting remarks, including one in which Sterling names Johnson personally. Like many people, Sterling’s comments did not sit well with the basketball legend.
“I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner,” Johnson tweeted on Saturday.
“LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA,” he said in another tweet.
It was also reported that Clippers players, who are in a heated playoff series with the Golden State Warriors, are sickened by Sterling’s offensive remarks. And it’s not just players on Los Angeles who are outraged by Sterling’s clear lack of respect.
The disgusting part about the ordeal, aside from the obvious racist remarks, is that it is the year 2014. As a nation, we must move past prejudice and treat others as equals. It is not the color of our skin that makes us who we are, but rather, it is the person. Sterling the person is a disturbed man who clearly does not understand what the word ‘equal’ means. Just because he is wealthy and the owner of a sports franchise it does not give him the right to essentially spit on others.
As far as I am concerned, if the audio recording is accurate then the NBA must give Sterling the harshest punishment possible. That means remove his right to ownership of the Clippers. Cut all ties with him and ensure that he is never allowed to associate himself with the NBA for the rest of his miserable existence.
The reason why the NBA could successfully pull the plug on him is because this isn’t the first time Sterling was involved in racist comments. In fact, it was in 2005 when he was federally prosecuted for his discriminatory rental practices against African Americans and Hispanics. In 2009, the U.S. Justice Departed sued Sterling for his continued discriminatory practices in the rental of apartment buildings.
The NBA is currently in the middle of an investigation that will hopefully conclude with Sterling being removed from his title of owner of the Clippers.