Reactions to Donald Sterling racial remarks allegations
The sports world responds to alleged racist comments from Clippers owner Donald Sterling reported by TMZ.
NBPA president Chris Paul calls Donald Sterling matter "a very serious issue which we will address aggressively."— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) 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
LeBron calls Sterling “unacceptable.”— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) April 26, 2014
LeBron says he believes in Adam Silver and that he “must do something fast before this gets out of hand.”— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) April 26, 2014
LeBron says he would consider sitting out if he played for Clippers.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) April 26, 2014
I couldn't play for him— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 26, 2014
I don't blame you Magic— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) April 26, 2014
That's the way it is...He is honest about what he believes in..Been going on for a long time, Hats off 2 the Team.. 4 playin above it all.— Baron Davis (@Baron_Davis) April 26, 2014
I don't think it would be right to penalize the fans and not play knowing they had nothing to do with it.— Jerryd Bayless (@jerrydbayless) April 26, 2014
Racism is a mental health disease. Seek help.— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) April 26, 2014
@LAClippers players , good luck on your next game. You guys worked your entire life for this moment.I predict Mavs but hope Clips win it all— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) April 26, 2014
Mark Jackson says Donald Sterling's remarks are "unacceptable."— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) April 26, 2014
From Golden State Warrior Jermaine O'Neal:
O'Neal: "It's Adam Silver's first real task. Let's see what his response is. I think this can really set the tone for how people view him."— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 26, 2014
O'Neal: "You look at a situation where we're good enough to work for you, but not good enough to be around you... Difficult thing to digest"— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 26, 2014
O'Neal: "It's difficult for any player in any sport to want to play for a guy that doesn't believe in or looks down upon their race"— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 26, 2014
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."
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