Since the story broke regarding Los Angeles Clippers basketball team’s owner Donald Sterling allegedly disrespected African-Americans by saying that he doesn’t want blacks attending his team’s games, there have been many outspoken reactions. Besides Magic Johnson, who was the target of the disrespectful statements, President Barack Obama and others have commented on the scandal. President Obama, while visiting other countries across the globe, made a comment on Sterling’s alleged remarks that have rocked the nation, according to a Fox News report on Saturday night.
President Barack Obama said, during a press conference in Malaysia on Saturday, that the comments were “incredibly offensive” and “racist.” He also said that when ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, we have to be clear and steady in denouncing it. Besides Obama, other noted-African-Americans have commented as well, according to a host of sources including the Hollywood Reporter.
Those commenting swiftly after the story grabbed the nation’s headlines include Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, as one would expect. Sharpton, who just last week made headlines of his own for allegedly being involved with a drug ring in the past, is promising to protest the NBA headquarters if there is not a proper response from the basketball league on Sterling’s alleged racist remarks. Trouncing offensive with offensive, rapper Snoop Dogg called Sterling a racist piece of sh-t in an Instagram post.
As far as the Los Angeles Clippers organization is concerned, it released a statement on behalf of Sterling which says that the audio recording does not reflect Sterling’s views. It also asserts that Sterling is currently suing V. Stiviano for embezzlement. Specifically, the Clippers organization’s statement said that the organization has heard the tape on TMZ. The team says that it does not know if the recording is legitimate or if it has been altered. Then it says that the organization does know that the woman on the tape is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family.
The lawsuit alleges that V. Stiviano, who is believed to have given the offensive recording to TMZ, has embezzled more than $1.8 million – and she told Sterling that she would “get even” with him for the lawsuit. Sterling has been emphatic in his denial of being a racist. He says that the recording is not consistent with his beliefs and how he has lived his life of some 80 years. The statement goes on to say that he feels terrible about the sentiments being attached to him, and he apologizes to anyone who may have been hurt by them.
Pointing directly at Magic Johnson who was targeted in the released Donald Sterling audio tape, the statement says that Magic Johnson has been a friend of whom Sterling has the utmost respect and admiration. It is being said that the respect and admiration that Sterling has for Johnson is for who Johnson is and what he has achieved. The organization concluded its statement by saying that the matter is being investigated.