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Magic Johnson, Deandre Jordan REACT To Donald Sterling's Racist Comments, Clippers President Attempts To DEFEND Sterling & Blames Girlfriend

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Ish has hit the fan with L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his (alleged) horribly racist remarks about black people....and Magic Johnson.  Find out what is being said now inside...

L.A. Clippers President Andy Roeser has put out a statement that is doing nothing short of spinning this entire story to make Donald Sterling look like the victim.  And Roeser even went as far as accusing the girlfriend, who is on the tape, of being the person who turned in the tapes.  And they linked the reasoning to an alleged lawsuit she is involved in at the hands of the Sterling family.  There is no proof yet to back up this accusation (which seems to be an attempt at changing the conversation), but here it goes:

We have heard the tape on TMZ.  We do not know if its legitimate or it has been altered.  We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered.  We do know that the woman on the tape--who we believe released it to TMZ--is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would 'get even.'  

Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings.  It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life. He feels terrible that such sentiments are being attributed to him and apologizes to anyone who might have been hurt by them.  He is also upset and apologizes for sentiments attributed to him about Earvin Johnson.  He has long considered Magic a friend and has only the utmost respect and admiration for him0both in terms of who he is and what he has achieved.  We are investigating this matter."

The old "he's not racist and his comments were misconstrued" argument strikes again.

The statement never once said that it's NOT Donald on the tape.  And whether he was "set up" or not, the words still appear to be SAID by him...not just "sentiments attributed to him" like President Roeser seems to be trying to sway public opinion a certain way by saying.  

Intersestingly, Magic Johnson seems to believe owner Sterling is totally capable of these words, maybe because of the SEVERAL racial discrimantion suits Sterling's been involved in.  Magic tweeted today:

 

 

 

Powerful!  Thankfully, some folks get the necessity of taking a stance.  Clippers baller Deandre Jordan posted a black square, which is believed to be a statement of black power:

 

Charles Barkley, speaking to Don Lemon on CNN today, has called for suspension (even if it's ceremonial) of Donald Sterling as this is one time too many Sterling has gone entirely too far with his ignorant actions.

The NBA's VP of Communications Mike Bass put out this statement:

We are in the process of conducting a full investigation into the audio recording obtained by TMZ.  The remarks heard on the reording are disturbing and offensive, but at this time we have no further information.

 

A person in a position of power who is allowed to say ANY racially discimantory words against an entire gorup of people, many of which they have made a PROFIT off of, can not be allowed.  It simply CAN NOT BE allowed.  Back in the day, players like Bill Russell took the risk of taking a stand for the greater good.  Some type of action needs to be taken by Coach Doc Rivers (who reportedly was PISSED and had a statemrnt that was mysteriously tossed to the side and superceded by President Roeser's statement above), players and/or the Commissioner to show you have self respect, and respect for your players.

The Clippers had a meeting this morning for about 45 minutes, according to NBA TV reporter David Aldridge, and they have decided not to boycott and to focus solely on tomorrow's playoff game against the Golden State Warriors. 

A press conference will be happening tonight at 8:30p ET by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver tonight on the matter and it will air on NBA TV.

 

Photo: Getty


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