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Donald Sterling, Clippers owner, investigated by NBA as he denies being a racist

Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, is being investigated by the NBA, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Saturday. There is an audio recording revealed by TMZ that appears to have Sterling’s voice on it. Sterling allegedly has made extremely racist statements against African-Americans while he was arguing with a friend. The heated verbal interaction allegedly between Sterling and a female friend identified as V. Stiviano was recorded earlier this month.

Clippers' owner Donald Sterling
Clippers' owner Donald SterlingStephen Dunn/ Getty images

On the recording that is believed to have the voices of Sterling and the woman, Sterling was quite upset that his female friend has posted a picture of herself next to Lakers’ legendary basketball player Magic Johnson. The picture was posted on the woman’s social media Instagram account. The Clippers’ owner allegedly said that it bothers him a lot that the woman wanted to broadcast that she is associated with black people. It’s alleged that he continued by saying that she doesn’t have to have herself with - walking with - black people.

Then, the voice which is alleged to be that of Sterling is heard telling the woman not to put Magic Johnson on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call him – Sterling. Then the voice concludes, “And don’t bring him to my games.” Shortly after the recording was posted online, the NBA released a statement saying that a full investigation into the recording was being conducted.

NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said that the remarks heard on the recording, which were obtained by TMZ, are disturbing and offensive. However, says Bass, “At this time we have no further information.” TMZ has not said how it got its hands on the recording.

Since the story broke, Magic Johnson has taken to Twitter to message his own thoughts on the racist scandal. He wrote that he and his wife would never go to a Clippers game again – as long as Sterling owns the team. He went on to write that he feels sorry for his friends – Coach Doc Rivers and Chris Paul – that they have to work for a man that feels that way about African-Americans. He concluded his tweeted message by stating that “LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA.”

On Saturday, Sterling came out swinging in response to the allegations by saying that he is not a racist, according to TMZ. It is known, however that Sterling has had other racist scandals. Five years ago, he agreed to pay $2.73 million to settle allegations by the government which stated that he refused to rent apartments to Latinos, blacks, and families with children in the Korean area of Los Angeles. The Clippers organization has not commented on the latest racist scandal involving Sterling. As time passes since the story broke, Twitter is ablaze with thoughts from persons associated with the NBA.