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Reactions to Donald Sterling racial remarks allegations

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Donald Sterling is under fire for alleged racist comments. (USATSI)
Donald Sterling is under fire for alleged racist comments. (USATSI)

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The sports world reacted Saturday to alleged racist comments by what TMZ claims is Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling speaking to his girlfriend about attending Clippers game with black friends.

From Golden State Warrior Jermaine O'Neal:

Rasual Butler, who played with the Clippers during the 2009-10 and '10-11 seasons, called the comments "shocking" while West shared a stronger sentiment.

"He has a history of being a bigot and a racist," West said about Sterling.

West said that he heard the recording after the team breakfast on Saturday morning. After listening, West said that alleged comments also brought to mind an earlier lawsuit filed against Sterling for housing discrimination against African-American and Hispanic families. In 2009, Sterling settled the case for $2.725 million.

"You can't be naïve about the thoughts and mindsets of people in this country," said West, who while in Atlanta, recalled Dr. Martin Luther King who lived and pastored a church in the city before his assassination. "When Dr. King became a national figure after the "I Have a Dream" speech, he wasn't aware that people like Donald Sterling existed. The closeted bigots, the closeted racists. In the South, racism was something that was out in the open but for that guy, his type of racism is more dangerous because it's hidden. It takes a private conversation or a leaked phone call … for it to come out."

The NBA released a statement about Sterling that read: "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."

In West's opinion, the NBA cannot do much to punish Sterling.

"He is who he is, they ain't going to change the man," West said. "The man's going to go to his grave being who he is. … This is not going to change him.

"It ain't going to change just because he has black athletes or whatever. He is who he is. There have been folks before him and they're been a ton of them after him."

via Pacers F David West reacts to alleged comments by Clippers owner.

Broncos DT Terrence Knighton said the Clippers should boycott.

 
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