Racist LA Clippers Owner Faces Twitter Firestorm

Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks were caught on tape and leaked online, and Twitter users are up in arms about the situation

On Friday, TMZ Sports uncovered a leaked audio recording of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his alleged girlfriend, V. Stiviano (formerly Maria Vanessa Perez) having an argument.

In the recording, Sterling made racist remarks towards black and Hispanic people, including former NBA player and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan. He also told Stiviano not to bring them to his games or associate with them publicly.

The dispute began when Stiviano posted a picture with former NBA player Magic Johnson on her Instagram page.

TMZ Sports has the Instagram photo in question here. As of Monday, Stiviano’s Instagram page has over 140 thousand followers.

Twitter users have gone on the offensive, saying that Sterling’s racist comments have no place in the NBA. Many voiced their opinions with images insulting to both Sterling and the LA Clippers.

Various celebrities like Snoop Lion and Shaquille O’Neal have come forward to blast Sterling for his behavior, while Rev. Al Sharpton plans on protesting until the Clippers are no longer owned by Sterling.

Sterling’s remarks have already had major consequences. State Farm has chosen to stop advertising with the LA Clippers until Sterling is removed from his position, with interim CEO Steve Stoute saying “somebody has to stand up.”

CarMax has also pulled its sponsorship from the Clippers, saying “the statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner [are] completely unacceptable.”

Certain users took Sterling’s comments and made light of them, especially his demand to Stiviano that she not bring any black people to his NBA games.

While the outrage was focused on Sterling’s comments, some users took a more direct approach to venting their disapproval at the now-tarnished reputation of the LA Clippers.

TMZ Sports has the alleged Instagram photo that sparked Sterling’s rant.

Update: The NBA has posted a tweet saying that it will hold a press conference concerning Donald Sterling tomorrow.

ACROSS THE WEB
  • Yolanda Simmons

    The remarks were about Magic Johnson; not Michael Jordan

  • KOTFrank

    Racism doesn’t belong in America anymore. Neither does the mark of a slave – circumcision. Know it -google it. Own it -it affects everyone. Get rid of it -educate and fight for against sexism.

  • Jimbo Jones

    DS: It’s the world! You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs.

    V: So do you have to treat them like that too?

    DS: The white Jews, there’s white Jews and black Jews, do you understand?

    V: And are the black Jews less than the white Jews?

    DS: A hundred percent, fifty, a hundred percent.

    V: And is that right?

    DS: It isn’t a question—we don’t evaluate what’s right and wrong, we
    live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that
    culture.

    V: But shouldn’t we take a stand for what’s wrong? And be the change and the difference?

    DS: I don’t want to change the culture, because I can’t. It’s too big and too [unknown].

    V: But you can change yourself.

    DS: I don’t want to change. If my girl can’t do what I want, I don’t
    want the girl. I’ll find a girl that will do what I want! Believe me. I
    thought you were that girl—because I tried to do what you want. But
    you’re not that girl.