NBA probing alleged recording of Clippers owner
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Anger, frustration and calls for action are echoing around the NBA after an audio recording surfaced of a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.
Everybody except for the embattled Clippers owner, who has a decades-long history of alleged discrimination and offensive behavior, seems to have a response.
The league says it’s investigating the recording posted on TMZ’s website, calling the comments “disturbing and offensive.”
Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, a target of Sterling’s remarks, says he won’t attend Clippers’ games as long as Sterling remains the owner.
Miami Heat star LeBron James is asking new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to take aggressive measures, saying “there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league.”
Clippers President Andy Roeser says the team doesn’t know if the tape is legitimate or has been altered. He says the woman on the tape “is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would `get even.”‘
Roeser also says the recording doesn’t reflect Sterling’s beliefs.