LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling told his girlfriend she can associate with and admire black people privately, but she can’t bring us to his games, reports TMZ.
And the conversation is captured on audio.
Apparently, Sterling got upset because someone called to tell him that his girlfriend V. Stiviano Instagrammed a photo of herself with Magic Johnson.
“…and I’m just saying that it’s too bad you can’t admire [Magic] privately…admire him, bring him here, feed him, **** him, I don’t care. You can do anything. But don’t put him on Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games. Okay?”
Oh, did I mention the girlfriend is black and Mexican? But Sterling chooses to look past her blackness.
“You’re supposed to be a delicate white girl or a delicate Latina girl,” he says.
Magic Johnson calls Sterling’s remarks a “shame.”
“It’s a shame that Donald Sterling feels that way about African-Americans,” Johnson tells TMZ. “He has a team full of amazing African-American basketball players that are working to bring a championship to Clippers fans. The Clippers also have a strong minority base.”
I say it’s a shame Ms. Stiviano can’t grasp that Sterling’s feelings extends to her, too.
The NBA released a statement saying, “We are in the process of conducting a full investigation into the audio recording obtained by TMZ. The remarks heard on the recording are disturbing and offensive, but at this time we have no further information.”
This isn’t Sterling’s first offense with racism, either.
According to ESPN, the Department of Justice has sued Sterling twice for housing discrimination, claiming he refused to rent apartments to blacks and Hispanics in Los Angeles County. And in November, a federal judge ordered him to pay nearly $5 million in a lawsuit accusing him of discriminating against black and Hispanic tenants.
Listen to the audio footage between Sterling and Stiviano, and then read what Black Twitter has to say:
2014 clippers roster as viewed by Donald sterling pic.twitter.com/AFo0xpCTP9
— Desus (@desusnice) April 26, 2014
Donald Sterling is in the wrong sport to hate black people. He better take that toxic attitude to Hockey. — Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) April 26, 2014
As for the young woman “dating” Donald Sterling, I want her to have a Staples Arena full of seats and familiarize herself w/ self respect
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 26, 2014
For Donald Sterling black folks can work on his court, sit on his d***, but can’t sit in his arena. Sounds familiar… — Amanda Seales (@amandaseales) April 26, 2014
We have heard the tape on TMZ. We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered.” Click here to read the statement on TMZ Sports.
More Donald Sterling audio has been released … this time, you can hear the Clippers’ owner explaining that he doesn’t think he’s racist because he puts food on the tables of his black employees. Click here to read more on TMZ.