|Vanessa Stiviano with Donald Sterling|
News about an audio recording made public on Saturday of a man believed to be Donald Sterling- owner of Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, where he is heard telling off his girlfriend that he doesn't want her bringing any black people to his team's basketball games.
In audio recordings released over the weekend by TMZ, Sterling can be heard making racist comments on a phone call to girlfriend Vanessa Stiviano.
This news has sparked anger around the world and have received responses from important figures.
At a press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister NajibRazak Sunday, Obama was asked about racist comments Sterling allegedly made about African-Americans.
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That's what happened here,' the President said.
bama also said Sterling's alleged comments are an example of how 'the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation. ''That's still there, the vestiges of discrimination. We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,' Obama said in Malaysia.
|Magic Johnson with Vanessa Stiviano|
Magic Johnson says that he feels personally hurt by the comments. 'I'm very disappointed, angry and upset,' said Johnson. 'Let's go back when I first got here in 1979. Dr. Buss took me to my first real party at Donald Sterling's house in Malibu for his annual BBQ.
Reverend Jesse Jackson is calling for the Clippers to employ some kind of 'symbolic expression' to protest the statements made by team owner Donald Sterling. Jackson told TMZ he believes the league 'must respond and respond quickly' — and says the players should do something during the game to 'show a sign of indignation.'
Retired basketball player Shaquille O'Neal says the Donald Sterling audio is 'repugnant'. He believes the clippers owner should step or be suspended at the very least.
Shaq disagrees with Magic Johnson, who told us he thinks African Americans should boycott Clippers games as long as Sterling owns the team.
Rapper SnoogDogg made a heated response to Sterlings comments using foul language and extremely offensive words calling him a calls 'b****-ass redneck, white bread, chicken s*** mother f*****.'
Reverend Al Sharpton is calling for the NBA to investigate Donald Sterling. 'No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language, he told TMZ. Sharpton is calling for the league to make an investigation into Sterling its number one priority. 'We are prepared at National Action Network to rally in front of the NBA headquarters if this matter is not immediately dealt with.'
Rapper Meek Mill is angry after hearing the audio and blasts Donald Sterling saying the Los Angeles Clippers owner is the 'definition of racism'. However, he doesn't think he will be punished. 'Donald sterling is the definition of racism …. He could b your judge…. Your doctor…..you teacher etc. I bet nothing happens 2 him!' Mill wrote on Twitter early Saturday morning.
Donald Sterling's wife condemns 'small-minded' husband's 'despicable' statements as she supports Clippers court side at playoff game. Mr and Mrs Sterling are still legally married, but separated many years ago. On Sunday, Mrs Sterling called the remarks despicable as she turner out to support the team
While the Clippers players initially thought of boycotting yesterday’s game (Sunday 27th April 2014), they played anyway and wore their shirts inside out hiding the LA Clippers logo and black socks in solidarity.
Word By Word: Excerpts From The Nine-Minute Recording
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