Racist NBA Owner Donald Sterling Is Racist on Tape

For years and years, the NBA, which depends on the labor of black athletes and the goodwill of black fans, has tried to ignore the well-documented fact that Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is unambiguously and actively racist (in addition to being a lawbreaker and all-around degenerate).


Now TMZ has posted a recorded conversation in which the billionaire berates a girlfriend of his because she has brought black people to Clippers games and has posed with black people on Instagram. It's a direct window into Sterling's bigoted, psychosexually twisted psyche: The heart of his complaint is that by "associating with black people," his girlfriend (who identifies herself as mixed-race), is preventing herself from being "perceived as either a Latina or a white girl."

This is "painful" to him, Sterling says. "It bothers me a lot," he says.


Sterling is specifically outraged because his girlfriend posted a photograph of herself with Magic Johnson. "Don't bring him to my games!" he says, of the Los Angeles Lakers legend.*

This is where things stand, because the NBA has kept avoiding the problem of Donald Sterling's racism: You can now listen to the longest-tenured owner in the NBA saying he is ashamed to have his girlfriend seen with Magic Johnson, because Magic Johnson is black.

Sterling's Clippers are scheduled to tip off their next playoff game, against the Golden State Warriors, at 3:30 Eastern time on Sunday afternoon.


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NBA Owner Sterling To Girlfriend: Why Bring Black People To My Games?

We all knew that Donald Sterling was a racist and an overall horrible human being. So TMZ's lurid audio of the Los Angeles Clippers owner enraged about his girlfriend taking photos with black people shouldn't really surprise you if you've been paying any attention. And yet, the audio is shocking—maybe because it's 2014, and this man is still allowed to own an NBA team. [Update: We've obtained an extended version of the TMZ clip, featuring a cameo from Matt Kemp and Sterling's defense that he generously feeds and clothes his players.]

Magic Johnson's even involved—Sterling bans his girlfriend V. Stiviano from bringing the Hall of Famer to Clippers games, because Johnson is black. The argument, we're told, started over an Instagram photo a few weeks ago.



Stiviano's currently being sued by Donald Sterling's wife for, uh, sleeping with Donald Sterling, apparently.

Among the things Sterling appears to say on the tape: "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people." And: "But why publicize it on the Instagram and why bring it to my games?"

Sterling also states that his girlfriend is free to sleep with black men, as long as she doesn't bring them to Clippers games (or appear with them on Instagram).


See also: Your Complete Quotable Guide To Decades Of Donald Sterling's Racism


Update: We've acquired the full, unedited and uncensored tape. Here it is, in its entirety:

Photo credit: AP

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