‘Do not bring black people to my games’: LA Clippers owner tells unleashes shocking racist rant at girlfriend after she posed for a picture with Magic Johnson
- LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded berating his girlfriend for posting a photo with Magic Johnson
- Sterling tells V. Stiviano, who is Mexican and African-American, not to bring black people to games
- He said that she can sleep with black people but he doesn’t want her to post pictures of herself with them on Instagram
- Sterling, 81, has twice been sued for refusing to rent apartments minorities
By MEGHAN KENEALLY
PUBLISHED: 11:01 EST, 26 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:54 EST, 26 April 2014
The spat reportedly started when Stiviano, who is Mexican and African American, posted a photo of herself and Magic Johnson on her Instagram page.
‘It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?’ Sterling is heard saying.
‘I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.
‘Don’t put him (Johnson) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.’
The photo with Johnson has reportedly been taken down and Stiviano has locked it so that her Instagram feed is private.
She and Sterling, who is still legally married but has been separated from his wife Shelly for years, appear to have an open relationship.
At several points on the tape, the 81-year-old billionaire claims that he is not racist but does not understand why his girlfriend wants to publicize her relationships with people of color.
Magic Johnson, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers in 1991 and returned for a single season in 1996, spoke out against the comments and said that he will never attend another Clippers game while Sterling is the owner.
‘I feel sorry for my friends Coach Doc Rivers and Chris Paul that they have to work for a man that feels that way about African Americans,’ he wrote on Twitter, citing some current Clippers players.
‘LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA.’
He expanded on his thoughts to TMZ, saying that he does not think the players should boycott but the fans should.
‘He wants our money but doesn’t want us to show up,’ Johnson said.
‘I thought we were friends. We’ve broken bread together several times. It’s almost like, do you smile in my face but behind my back you talk about me? I’d have felt better in 1979 if you would have just told me you don’t like African Americans, and then I would have known how to deal with you.
‘He has to step down or sell the team.’
The recording has prompted calls for a boycott of the team by the NBA and fans alike- including former sports broadcaster Keith Olberman and Snoop Dogg, who posted an expletive-laced video on his Instagram account.
‘A message to the motherf***** that owns the Clippers. You b****-a** redneck white-bred chickens*** motherf*****: F*** you, your momma and everyone connected to you, you racist piece of s***. F*** you,’ the rapper says in an Instagram video he posted to his account Saturday morning.
The NBA has now launched an official investigation into the recording, and the league’s spokesman Mike Bass called the comments ‘disturbing and offensive’.
This is not the first time that Sterling has been accused of being racist.
Making a statement: Magic Johns announced that he will not be attending any future Clippers games
He was sued twice by the federal government after refusing to rent apartments to minorities.
In the 2005 case, he was ordered to pay a $2.73million fine to settle.
In a 2009 case, he was accused of refusing to rent to non-Koreans when it came to a property in Koreatown and refused African American tenants for a property in Beverly Hills.
He was reportedly accused of saying that he wouldn’t rent to Hispanics because they ‘smoke, drink and just hang around the building’.
The suit also accused Sterling of saying ‘Black tenants smell and attract vermin’.
He was also named in a 2003 lawsuit wherein he crudely described how he had sex with a prostitute who charged $500-per-tryst.
In that case, he admitted that ‘maybe I morally did something wrong’ but went on to explain that ‘it was purely sex for money, money for sex, sex for money, money for sex,’ according to records obtained by The Smoking Gun.