It was an argument that began with L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly taking issue with a photo that his girlfriend V. Stiviano snapped with Magic Johnson, a photo that has disappeared from Stiviano’s Instagram page but reportedly has ended up launching an NBA probe on April 26 into to the fallout of Sterling’s racist comments that ensued in its wake that are contained in the audio released by TMZ.
Oddly, Google Images searches have not yet turned up the actual photo of Stiviano with Magic Johnson on Instagram that started the melee, seeing as though a screenshot should exist somewhere, but audio of Sterling’s racist conversation with his girlfriend is getting lots of replay in the interim.
“Why are you taking pictures with minorities? Why?” Sterling allegedly asks Stiviano on the audio, saying, “It’s like talking to an enemy.”
On the call, the woman presumed to be Stiviano prompts her older boyfriend to explain the things he alleges that she doesn’t understand about his point of view. “I don’t understand what?” she asks. “That racism still is a lie?”
“No, but there’s a culture,” the male voice says. “People feel certain things. Hispanics feel certain things towards blacks. Blacks feel certain things towards other groups.”
The audio continues throughout the heated and emotional argument, with Sterling trying to make an argument for his girlfriend staying away from African-Americans, at least publicly. He asks her what benefit there is to being seen in public with blacks and posting such pics on Instagram, then goes on to call her stupid.
Stiviano next references Sterling’s issue with having his friends call him and tell him that his girlfriend has posted a photo of her with a black person on Instagram. Promoting or broadcasting the fact that she associated with black people is the problem Sterling claimed he had.
The controversial call has now prompted Magic Johnson to respond via social media, and there has even been feedback about the curious term he used to explain the situation.
“LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA,’ wrote Johnson on his official Twitter page, and of course the peanut gallery has tons of quips about that “black eye” term in Twitter replies aplenty.
Meanwhile, CNN Live pundits are currently debating whether or not the NBA should suspend Sterling or continue taking the so-called “dirty racist money,” as the panelists called it, from a man who has a reputation for controversy. In the meantime, whether Sterling is suspended or not, he shouldn’t have to worry about any more controversial selfies between Stiviano and Johnson, because the latter has also stated on Twitter, “I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner.”