L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was allegedly caught on an audio recording embarking on a racist tirade, repeatedly asking his girlfriend why she posts pictures online with minorities and instructing her "not to bring (black people) to my games."
"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?" Sterling allegedly is captured on audio saying in a conversation with his girlfriend V. Stiviano, who is both black and Mexican.
Listen to the audio recording:
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"You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want," the man believed to be Sterling adds. "The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games."
The audio, posted Friday by celebrity-gossip website TMZ, is now being investigated by the NBA. In a statement to ESPN, NBA spokesman Mike Bass said that the remarks heard on the recording are both "disturbing and offensive."
The audio also captures the man believed to be Sterling expressing annoyance that his girlfriend would take an Instagram picture with Magic Johnson, telling her "don't bring him to my games."
Johnson turned to Twitter Saturday to respond, saying he will never go to a Clippers game as long as Sterling remains the owner.
.@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
Sterling's alleged comments also prompted rapper Snoop Dogg to film an expletive-filled video, calling Sterling a "racist piece of s***."
Watch Snoop Dogg's rant against Sterling (content warning: vulgar language is repeatedly used):
Sterling, one of the NBA's most polarizing owners, has faced several discrimination lawsuits in the past. One came from the Department of Justice which accused him of refusing to rent apartments to minorities.
Multiple media outlets reported they were unable to reach Sterling for comment.
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