The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, has been caught on tape in a racist tirade against African Americans and Mexicans. The conversation was had between Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano. Sterling’s girlfriend is also half black and half Mexican.
The issue came to prominence when Sterling remarked on his girlfriend’s incessant desire to post pictures of black people on Instagram. Sterling told her, “It bothers me that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people.”
Even NBA legend Magic Johnson got tangled up in the argument. Sterling said, “I think the fact that you admire Magic – I’ve known him well, and he should be admired, and I’m just saying that it’s too bad that you can’t admire him privately. And during your entire f***ing life, your whole life, admire him – bring him here, feed him, f*** him, I don’t care. You can do anything. But don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games. Ok?”
Apparently this isn’t Donald Sterling’s first run-in with outlandish racial comments. After purchasing a housing complex Sterling remarked about the odor of the building to one of his associates. Sterling said, “That’s because of all the blacks in the building, they smell, and they’re not clean.” He went on to push his associates into evicting black and Mexican tenants. Sterling has also had several lawsuits brought against him concerning discrimination and racism.
The NBA is investigating the Donald Sterling tape after such heavy backlash by players, coaches and fans alike. They are also looking into how the audio was recorded and by whom.
Donald Sterling’s actions have been rebuked by the entire US community at large and are sure to bring some kind of sanction from the league.