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Yesterday, our own FiredUpInCA brought up the shocking and disgusting news of Donald Sterling's racist rant in UPDATED: Clippers Owner: 'You can sleep with them, just don't bring blacks to my games.' FiredUp's post is still on the Top Rec list and with its many updates still the best account of what happened through about 2:10 p.m. yesterday when FiredUp had to go to work and Rivers countered a team boycott suggestion to rally the team to play for fans and themselves.  

This post is meant to bring you up to date with what has happened over night. Brace yourself for a dichotomy of reactions, some of which are raw and harsh, others, like the statement by the NBA might annoy our even anger you with their equivication. The ones here by Snoop Dogg and Lebron James are moving and cathartic.

 photo DonaldSterling1_zps5082a392.jpgYoung at heart, Donald Sterling, with great granddaughters...oops I mean girlfriend V. Stiviano and friend.

 photo DonaldandShelly_zps53aee2a1.jpgEx-wife Shelly Sterling thinks V Stiviano is a gold digger who plays "old men for their money" in her lawsuit accusing Stiviano of embezzling $1.8 from Donald Sterling that should go to her instead.

The NBA calls it the "alleged" racist rant, because Sterlilng has apologized for "whatever it was he said  that might have been misconstrued." His girlfriend will not cooperate with the NBA investigation because she is being sued by Sterling's wife who accuses her of being a "gold-digger who has embezzled $1.8 million from Donald which should be going to the wife instead. Did I mention this story has the risk of getting sordid and seedy? The NBA says it is investigating the "alleged remarks" and trying to authenticate them but wishes to give Sterling "due process."

Lebron James demanded that the NBA "separate" Sterling from his ownership position (see below), Snoop Dogg ripped Sterling for being a "racist piece of shit." After Magic Johnson said he would never go to a Clippers game while Sterling owns them, and some players murmured about a possible boycott, Doc Rivers countered saying the players and fans should not be punished so the team will play tonight, and perform some kind of a symbolic protest. Donald Sterling has agreed not to show up.

The NBA is promising its investigation will be quick and action taken within days. President Obama's statement said when people are as ignorant as Sterling one really doesn't need to say anything. Basketball experts doubt the NBA has the legal power to force Sterling to give up ownership of his team. Instead they expect a fine and perhaps a suspension of as long as a year.  

Clipper's owner Donald Sterling in firestorm over alleged racist remarks reports the escalation of anger and calls for his suspension and even for his removal from the NBA and his ownership position of the clippers by a broad range of players, political leaders and other celebrities.

 photo Docrivers_zps014cd4d6.jpgDoc Rivers: Sports Illustrated

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers was visibly angry at the recording's content and the distraction it caused. ... "I think the biggest statement we can make as men — not as black men, as men — is to stick together and show how strong we are as a group, not splinter, not walk," Rivers said. "It's easy to protest. The protest will be in our play."

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters in Memphis, Tenn., the remarks were "truly offensive and disturbing" and said the league intended to conduct an investigation into the recording's authenticity that would "move extraordinarily quickly," possibly concluding in the next few days. Silver said Sterling would not attend Sunday's game at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Silver would not comment what action the league would take if an investigation establishes Sterling made the comment. But it could include a hefty fine or suspension. A demand that he sell the team is unlikely.

Morgan Whitaker of MSNBC NBA investigating racist comments allegedly from Clippers owner Donald Sterling

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addressed the audio recording Saturday evening, saying, “All members of the NBA family should be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present their side of any controversy, which is why I’m not yet prepared to discuss any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling.”

Silver announced that Sterling would not attend the Clippers’ game Sunday against the Golden State Warriors and said the NBA hopes to have the investigation into the tape “wrapped up in the next few days.”

NBC News has not been able to authenticate the nearly 10-minute-long audio recording. A man TMZ said was Sterling can be heard telling a woman the site said was his girlfriend that he’s bothered when she “broadcasts” that she is “associating with black people.”  


Clippers President Andy Roeser issued a statement Saturday questioning the authenticity of the recording posted by TMZ and condemning the views expressed in it.

“We have heard the tape on TMZ. We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered,” Roeser said in the statement. “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.’”

He added: “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 him–both in terms of who he is and what he has achieved. We are investigating this matter.”

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Complete transcript of LeBron's response on Donald Sterling. So powerful. So raw. (Read to very last sentence)

What are your thoughts on Donald Sterling’s comments?

“If the reports are true, it’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable in our league. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, Hispanic, whatever, all across the races. It’s unacceptable and as a commissioner in our league, they have to make a stand, and they have to be very aggressive with it. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but you just can’t have that in our league. We’re the model citizens of all sports around the world and because we’re the most recognizable, I mean, it figures. You see us all the time, you see our logos, you see our players, and for an owner to come out and say the things that he said, it’s very disrespectful, it’s very appalling and one of my best friends and dear friends plays on his team in Chris Paul and I haven’t had an opportunity to talk to him but I can only imagine what’s going through his head.”

How difficult would it be to play with that hanging over…

“I don’t know. I kind of waivered back and forth whether I would actually sit out. If our owner would come out and say the things that he said, I would really have to sit down with my teammates, talk to my family because at the end of the day, our family, and our teammates are way more important than that. Basketball is huge, obviously the playoffs have been unbelievable, and I hate the fact that something like this has to come out when the playoffs have been unbelievable and the game of basketball continues to grow, but there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league. There is no room for him.”

Does it make you angry?

“I’m not angry. Just disappointed more than anything. There is only 30 owners and 400-plus of us. For a player, I just think…I put my…I can only imagine if a player came out and said something of that stature what would happen to us as players. So, I believe in Adam [Silver], I believe in the NBA and they have to do something and do something very fast and quickly before this really gets out of hand. Like I said, there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league, man. There it is.”

Donald Sterling: Woman on Tape Won't Cooperate with NBA

The woman you hear talking to Donald Sterling during a taped conversation in which he makes racist remarks will NOT cooperate with the NBA Commissioner's investigation ... and we've learned her refusal has nothing to do with the tape.

A rep from the law office representing V. Stiviano tells TMZ ... they heard NBA Commissioner Adam Silver state his intention to interview Stiviano, but that's not going to happen right now.  We're told her lawyer, Mac Nehorey, will not allow her to answer questions about pending litigation against his client filed by Sterling's estranged wife.

Shelly Sterling claims in her lawsuit Stiviano embezzled $1.8 million by scheming to get as much as she could from an old man -- Donald Sterling.  Stiviano claims everything she got was a gift.

Nehorey says her refusal to talk to the Commish has nothing to do with the audio tape ... he believes taking to Silver would get in the way of her defense in the lawsuit.

Apparently Stiviano's lawyer is saying Silver will have to agree to some major limitations in the questioning before his client would talk and is not going to happen anytime soon.

Snoop Dogg: BLASTS DONALD STERLING: 'You Racist Piece of S*t'

Snoop Dogg is going OFF on Donald Sterling ... blasting the L.A. Clippers owner for being a "racist piece of st" ... and it's all on video.

Snoop unloaded first thing this morning when he heard the audio posted by TMZ Sports for the first time -- dropping so many cuss words at Sterling ... that Richard Pryor would be proud.

Check out the clip ... Snoop calls Sterling "bitch-ass redneck, white bread, chicken st mother f**er."

But you gotta watch to fully grasp Snoop's outrage.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologizes for racist comments ‘attributed to him,’ receives backlash on Twitter

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Al Sharpton:> NBA Should Take Clippers from Sterling

"No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language."

Sharpton is calling for the league to make an investigation into Sterling its #1 priority -- adding, "We are prepared at National Action Network to rally in front of the NBA headquarters if this matter is not immediately dealt with."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Sterling -- who owns the L.A. Clippers -- went off on his girlfriend for hanging out with black people in public and told her NOT to bring black people to his games.

Believe it or not, Donald Sterling scheduled to receive NAACP award amid controversy, by Thomas O’Toole

A May 15 banquet for the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People just became a lot more intriguing. The group is planning to honor Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award. This is the 100th anniversary of the L.A. chapter.

But in light of racist comments attributed to Sterling on a recording that surfaced on the TMZ website, the banquet plans might be changing.

L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti is also scheduled to be honored with a Person of the Year Award, as is the Rev. Al Sharpton. But, Yusef Robb, the mayor’s spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, “In light of recent events, we will be discussing the event with the Los Angeles NAACP.”

David Sterling is a conflicted mess.

David Sterling who lost a major lawsuit brought by the DOJ for discriminating against African Americans and Latinos, has a black and Latino girlfriend, while apparently remaining married to his wife, who sued this current girlfriend to return "all cash, land, expensive cars and other items that under California law are the community property of the Sterlings."

Then there's this excerpt from the the racial discrimination lawsuit from Hall of Famer and ex-Clippers' General Manager, Elgin Baylor.

"While ignoring my suggestions and isolating me from decisions customarily reserved for general managers, the Clippers attempted to place the blame for the team’s failures on me," Baylor said in the declaration. "During this same period, players Sam Cassell, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette complained to me that DONALD STERLING would bring women into the locker room after games, while the players were showering, and make comments such as, 'Look at those beautiful black bodies.' I brought this to Sterling’s attention, but he continued to bring women into the locker room."

Well, I hope this has been helpful. I agree with those who say Donald Sterling has no place in the NBA. It may be true that the NBA has no legal power to force Sterling to give up ownership, however, many other levers of influence exist if the collective will exists. The NBA can exert a lifetime suspension. All players, and coaches can refuse to meet with him. Fans can form a permanent protest in front of his house. And, if necessary, fans can boycott home games until such time as the financial losses mount to sufficient amounts that he realizes it is not worth it to defy the collective wishes of everyone else in the system.

7:08 AM PT: This post is smoking hot and takes ganja blogging" to new levels describing the flame war smoldering after Chris Christie slammed Colorado's poor quality-of-life. This post could be called The Revenge of the Editors of Denver Post Denver Post "smokes" Christie for his legalized pot 'snit,' tells him to "put this in your pipe!"
Please check this Daily Kos exclusive on Christie's new GanjaGate!
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Micheal "Rip-their-eyes-out-and-light-em-up" Drewniak tries to explain highbrow New Jersey culture to poor rubes in Colorado.

(This is just the picture caption not the link to article.)
Denver Post "smokes" Christie for his legalized pot 'snit,' tells him to "put this in your pipe!"


(Link to post here)
7:53 AM PT:
Due to a typo my second paragraph incorrectly summarized Shelly Sterling's accusation that V. Stiviano of having embezzled $38 million instead of $1.8. Corrected during a proofreading

9:46 AM PT: President Obama denounces Donald Sterling's "incredibly offensive racist remarks" from Malaysia

10:39 AM PT: New tape emerges, Extra four minutes. Donald Sterling goes one about the Jews as well.

Deadspin transcript of extra 4 minutes,,  This tape leaves no doubt this fellow is sick.


11:11 AM PT: Don Sterling Won't Get An NAACP Award After All

WASHINGTON -- The NAACP's Los Angeles chapter has apparently reconsidered plans to give Don Sterling an award in the wake of the Clippers owner's racist rant.

"He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP," Lorraine Miller, NAACP interim vice president, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Miller's comment came after host David Gregory had pressed Miller on the award. She first condemned Sterling's remarks, saying, "If you're silent about this, then you're accepting this, and people have got to say that this is not good and do something about it."

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  •  Baylor's locker room story was really eye-opening (49+ / 0-)

    Sterling apparently has a slave owner's mentality and showing off his "property" is an old slave owner's habit, like he was displaying his horses. (Having a black girlfriend is also in that line; really, it's no different than slave owners keeping their female slaves as concubines.)

    And you go, Snoop.

  •  And already (23+ / 0-)

    there are those excusing the behavior  because the g/f might have had ulterior motives for making the tape. As predicted she will be made out to be the "evil" one in all this and poor, poor Donald will be the victim. It's already happening on Twitter now. They are already calling the lawsuit against her by the wife "embezzlement". Uhm, no. The nasty old man gave her all kinds of gifts so she would fuck him. Period. Wifey got mad because all that sweet, sweet cash was going to someone other than Wifey. She sues g/f and g/f puts tape out. It does not negate his disgusting remarks and attitudes in any way but that won't make a difference in the end. Money talks, everything else is just bullshit in this fabulous society we've created for ourselves. :(

    ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

    by Kristina40 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 07:05:00 AM PDT

    •  I give her big props for pulling off (4+ / 0-)
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      a major sting. She allegedly was given $1.8 million by the guy (not embezzlement, she wasn't an employee cooking the books), then recorded the infamous conversation and sold the tape to TMZ, which must have netted her a huge chunk of change. As a woman of color, she's gotten some sweet payback for the racist bullshit she's had to put up with. This is not a mere golddigger, this is Rosa Parks meets Robin Hood. If there's any justice, she'll become a folk heroine.

      I never liked you and I always will.

      by Ray Blake on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 10:36:14 AM PDT

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      •  To be fair (2+ / 0-)
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        money is about the only reason for her to be dating that "bitch-ass redneck white bread racist piece of shit".  

        "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

        by Subterranean on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 12:38:46 PM PDT

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        •  Yep, he wanted a hot young female (0+ / 0-)

          sitting next to him in public and with a net worth of $2 billion, $2 mil was worth it. Everybody got what they wanted. Except for the unhappy ending. BTW, he's not a redneck, which implies poor, rural, Southern white. He's an urban, Jewish lawyer from LA via Chicago.

          I never liked you and I always will.

          by Ray Blake on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 05:50:18 PM PDT

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    •  First of all, how do you know about anything (1+ / 0-)
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      FiredUpInCA

      you just wrote about the wife or anything that went on behind closed doors. It's one thing this guy is who he is, but if this woman played that kind of vengeful game after gold digging and walked away with all the stuff she's accused of, then just because she is a woman does not shield her from being just as bad as he is. A pox on both of them. I'm not excusing him from anything but if she's responsible for making a private conversation public to destroy him out of vengeance, then I'm sorry, she's no good in my eyes either. Btw, Stirling has always been a shit. What kind of person forms a relationship with that kind of person?

      Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others....Groucho Marx

      by tazz on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 12:20:35 PM PDT

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  •  The season of racist old white guys in the news (30+ / 0-)

    ...and Bundy and Sterling are giving Fox so much not to talk about.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 07:05:11 AM PDT

  •  If you lived here in LA (20+ / 0-)

    You would already be aware that Donald Sterling has historically been the WORST owner in the NBA. It is only by sheer coincidence and the good work of BLACK people (who Sterling deigned to employ) that the Clippers, which were at the bottom of the NBA from their creation until they drafted Blake Griffin, that this team is in the playoffs now.

    He was ALREADY outright embarrassing before this.

    Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall

    by Dave in Northridge on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 07:31:41 AM PDT

    •  Why is he getting the NAACP Lifetime Achievement (8+ / 0-)

      Award? Isn't that going to be awkward listening to him give a long speech about his special "love" for people of color. While two or more 25 year old girl friends hang off his arms. (Not that I have anything against inter-generational love. It's just in this case in the context of his other remarks I'm wondering about the sincerity and depth of this relationship.)

      "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

      by HoundDog on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 08:04:35 AM PDT

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    •  if you've simply followed BB for a long time.... (8+ / 0-)

      you know historically how horrible an owner he has been. For decades, he drafted top notch rookies who ALWAYS left when their rookie contracts were up to go on to other teams, often having decent success in the process.

      The Clippers were profitable, but often a joke when it came to competitive basketball. They were essentially a farm team for the NBA, managed to generate just enough revenue to keep the owner paid (as opposed to being managed to compete for an NBA title). Im not sure on the details, but i think there were some debt issues involved that Sterling was using the Clippers to pay, though the debt might have been caused by the purchase of The Clippers.

      The quality of The Clipper's teams has changed in recent years. Their current team is very good. Many NBA fans around the country had begun to think that Sterling had changed his management ways since the teams had become good, began spending money to retain their quality rookies, and are now legitimately competing for an NBA championship.

      And then this stuff comes out. And while many...if not all...NBA fans are completely pissed off at this scumbag of a human, I think that most arent exactly surprised and have a sense of him showing his true colors through this, confirming the negative feelings towards Sterling that all had for years, but had only subsided slightly in recent years with the good teams.

      Notice...not ONE NBA related person will defend him. That does not represent people trying to distance themselves from his comments, thats people ready to throw the historically worst NBA owner under the bus, get in the drivers seat, and drive the bus repeatedly over him.

      I cant tell if its a West End musical or Marxism in action.

      by Evolution on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 08:18:12 AM PDT

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  •  He's getting an NAACPLA Lifetime Acheivement award (4+ / 0-)

    so he may be...complex....demented....both....

    The dossier on my DKos activities during the Bush administration will be presented on February 3, 2014, with an appendix consisting an adjudication, dated "a long time ago", that I am Wrong.

    by Inland on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 07:36:36 AM PDT

  •  If a man gifts his mistress (17+ / 0-)

    millions of dollars in jewels, a car, and a home, is that extortion?

    From what I've read, Sterling's wife has been separated from her husband for years, and certainly, Donald must've had several mistresses over the years or has had several affairs.
    I've read that he has admitted to paying women for their services.
    So, wouldn't all of those women be guilty of extortion, too?

    I keep thinking of Anna Nicole Smith, the former stripper that married a very wealthy older man, and upon her husband's death, she inherited his fortune.
    The deceased husband's son fought her in court for his share of the inheritance, and if I remember correctly, he lost.
    But by this reasoning, couldn't Anna Nicole Smith been labeled an extortionist, and maybe she was, but . . .

    Even if Sterling's mistress had ulterior motives for recording her lover, Donald Sterling has no excuse for his racist comments because no one forced him to spout hate-filled comments, just as no one forced him to pay women for sex or to give his mistress lavish gifts.

    The only way that the excuse may work, is if Mrs. Sterling can prove that her estranged husband is not of sound mind and the mistress knew that and took advantage of him.
    But then, the estranged Mrs. Sterling would also have to file for power of attorney over her husband.

    Donald Sterling has a long history of racism, so it's not a stretch to believe that the man is of sound mind, even if his mind is filled with hate.

  •  Magic's statue is in front of Staples (13+ / 0-)

    The NBA needs to either establish a receivership for the team, or require him to sell it. This is a franchise--one part of a multi-owner business called the NBA--and this guy is bringing down the values for everyone else.

    I would actually love to see NBA players go on strike to get him out--a quick strike during the playoffs?  Man, the NBA would shit a brick.

    •  Even if the NBA cannot legally (6+ / 0-)

      force him to sell the team, they could force him to sell it through alternative ways. If Sterling is still owner next year, during the offseason his players will request to be traded. But no players will be willing to go to the Clippers. And the NBA could decide not to sanction players who break their contracts with the Clippers and declare free agency. If Chris Paul were to say that he refuses to play for this man, does anyone here think that the NBA would sanction him for it, that they'd try to force black men to play for this man? No way.

      So this isn't just about what the law allows. I don't see Sterling owning the Clippers next year, suspended or not.

  •  This is such a weird case (2+ / 0-)
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    The thing is, and I don't know how many here will admit it, but I have a lot of white liberal friends who are very pro-civil rights, support affirmative action, very concerned about the well-being of all races, but if surreptitiously recorded, have almost certainly said some distasteful things. It's not that uncommon.

    Sterling is a dog, obviously, but the NAACP had actually liked him, so there are some things he has done well. And he hired a black coach, which isn't all that common in the NBA, so he obviously respects blacks in some ways.

    To be honest, I doubt Sterling is the only owner who if surreptitiously recorded, would be caught saying less than flattering things about blacks. Sad state of the world -- and this is probably true of most whites in Europe and the US.

  •  I just don't get this guy's racism at all (7+ / 0-)

    He's embarrassed that his mistress advertises the fact that she associates with blacks, but he's not the least bit ashamed to advertise the fact that he has a mistress?

    •  She's not his mistress, she's his property. (5+ / 0-)

      you're all so worried about offending rich basketball playing men, but ignore the woman who has to service his every whim.  And he's one ugly SOB.

      You can have freedom or ignorance. Never both. - me

      by nolagrl on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 09:52:59 AM PDT

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      •   She doesn't have to do anything! (4+ / 0-)
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        Nobody forced this woman to do anything, she's not a victim at all. Before she thought of recording him, Stiviano probably heard worse from him and put up with it for the money. She's just one of the many gold-diggers (white, black, whoever) that you will find around very rich men. As a black woman, I find her putting up with his racist crap horrendous! Neither of them comes out smelling of roses really.

      •  Misogynist as well as racist (0+ / 0-)

        It's ok for him to have a mistress, because she's his property.  But for a woman to date black men, that makes her their property, which is unacceptable.

        What a fine specimen Sterling is.  Snoop Dog said it best.

        "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

        by Subterranean on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 01:05:03 PM PDT

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  •  Wow - some kind of righteous rant from (5+ / 0-)

    Snoop Dog. Question for Snoop Dog "How do you really feel about Sterling?" And don't hold back please!

    And after Cliven Bundy, we've got some more material for Fox and MSNBC to cover this week.

    "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardi

    by Frank In WA on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 08:34:28 AM PDT

  •  listen to the tape (1+ / 0-)
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    I've never had an argument with someone that had no interruptions.  In this tape, he speaks full sentences, she waits, and responds in kind,  Back and forth--not saying there's no fire with this smoke, just implying that this was probably edited.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 08:49:37 AM PDT

  •  Bullshit response by the NBA (9+ / 0-)

    Fuck this "due process" bullshit.  If an NBA player went on Twitter and wrote 1/10th the amount of offense garbage that Sterling said, he would be suspended immediately.

    Same goes for the NFL.  A player does something suspect, immediate suspension.  A team owner gets arrested for a DUI and has a suitcase full of cash?  Move along now, nothing to see here...

    The NBA's hypocrisy with regard to race has been stunning the last decade.  They let Sterling, a known racist with a history of problems (this latest incident is not unique to that asshole, just the most visible) own a team for 30+ years.  Meanwhile, David Stern institutes the dress code with his "NBA fashion issues", and the draft age limit.  Both of which predominantly affect black players.

    Sucks for the players who are trying to win the championship for themselves and their teammates.  This is an NBA created problem, so don't punish the players with all this talk about them sitting out.  Also, they all knew Sterling was a racist asshole before this year, but they have been fine collecting paychecks before when it was out of sight out of mind before yesterday...

    "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

    by mconvente on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 09:02:28 AM PDT

    •  I wouldn't chide the NBA just yet (5+ / 0-)

      What Donald Sterling said on that tape (if it was him) is absolutely disgusting, and considering the NBA is highly sensitive to its public image and aware not only of the composition of players but fans as well, I'm sure Adam Silver would like to launch the nuclear option against Sterling.  But he is an owner of a franchise and not a player or coach, so the moves they make against him have to be deliberate.  The NBA does not have an antitrust exemption that MLB does or that the NFL defacto has in practice, so Commissioner Silver cannot unilaterally move against the owner in the best interests of basketball.

      He can suspend him or fine him severely, but the only way this will truly be solved is if he can force Sterling to sell the franchise.  That won't be easy, since Sterling is the most senior owner of a NBA franchise and the Clippers are reportedly quite profitable these days.  However, the other 29 owners can seriously put some pressure on him, and remember that one of those owners is a very high profile African American (Michael Jordan).  Also, if fans start boycotting games or merchandise, then the NBA will be compelled to move quickly on this matter.

    •  If I were the NBA I'd just suspend him (2+ / 0-)
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      Pending the investigation.  Not allow him to be anywhere near the arena/team until the investigation is complete.  I really don't think anyone within the league, except maybe Sterling, would disagree with that move at this point.  I'm sure just about every other team owner is pissed at Sterling right now.  Not only has he reflected poorly on the league's owners, his remarks are also overshadowing what has been an outstanding NBA playoffs thus far.

  •  If the tape is legit, this was a rather weird (2+ / 0-)
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    conversation. Apparently Sterling was upset because of Instagram pictures of his GF and Magic Johnson. I'm not getting that he said not to bring black people to his games, just Magic Johnson.
       The tape does sound like it was dubbed together, though. We'll see.

  •  Now more is coming out. (7+ / 0-)

    The latest tape release has Sterling claiming to be a benevolent white man who takes care of his blacks:

    GF: "Do you know that you have a whole team that's black, that plays for you?"

    Sterling: "You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?"

  •  $1.8 (2+ / 0-)
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    a dollar and 80 cents?


    "Republicans are shameless dicks. No, that’s not fair. Republican politicians are shameless dicks." - Al Franken

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 09:43:52 AM PDT

  •  One thing you can always count on (7+ / 0-)

    Snoop will tell you what he thinks.  ROFLMBAO.

    This is definitely a popcorn-required moment in history, either way.  There has always been a long-running debate about whether society is better off when these stories about the 'racism just behind the smile' come out.  Some argue that the issue is that the sentiments were made known; others that the sentiments exist.  I expect the debate over Donald Sterling to be no different in that regard.

    Yet I hope that for those of us who believe that the only way to rid the American body of its ongoing disease of anti-Black racism is to identify it with no quarter, and affirmatively work to eradicate it instead of just pretending that it doesn't exist unless left with no other choice, the increasingly public nature of these events spurs us to action. And not just the action of making someone apologize. The action of taking care of business so that it doesn't matter what these fools think or say about us, because we're busy taking care of ourselves first and foremost.

    Mini-rant off.

    At this point, I just want America to admit that it still doesn't want its Black citizens to live in any state other than terror, subservience and inferiority, under pain of death. I can handle American racism, but I can't handle American denial.

    by shanikka on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 10:09:11 AM PDT

  •  2 simple comments. (3+ / 0-)
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    1) Why the warning on Snoop-Dog's comments? I found nothing offensive in them. (The OTHER guy... THAT was offensive!)

    2) Where the hell are all the other NBA owners on this issue? If I was an owner, I'd be all about protecting my brand and assets.
    No single incident in the NBA damages the future of the NBA the way Sterling has done.
    Again, as an owner, I'd be demanding the Commissioner strip Sterling of his franchise rights.

    Huey728 "I'm not really big on calling strangers on the phone, but I felt this election was too important to just sit back and watch." Elections are decided exactly this way; every damned election! GOTV counts... the votes!

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 10:14:12 AM PDT

  •  If that's indeed Sterling, he's toast (2+ / 0-)
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    Even if the NBA can't force him into a franchise sale constitutionally, and/or transfer and ban from interaction with the team and operations (he has a son-in-law who's apparently the heir apparent and nobody has accused of anything racist that I've ever heard), the Clippers ownership trust and Sterling's financial backers will urge him away from the team, completely and totally.

    Why?  Money.  The Clippers value will drop like a rock when a) not a single caliber player of any value would consider a free agent trade there, and b) (this is the specter you'd see next November) : Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, J.J. Reddick (who is white, btw) (at least--those are the ones who were pushing for a game 4 series boycott), and coach Doc Rivers go on strike against the Clips at the start of the regular season and refuse to take a game floor on behalf of the team. In fact, by about July, if Sterling still has anything to do with the team, virtually the entire roster will be demanding a trade c) no other team in the NBA would take the court at Staples against a Sterling-run team (knowing a little about the ownership, you can start with my own Boston Celtics on that one).

    This is a situation the NBA and anybody involved in financial backing for Sterling cannot allow to happen. Silver and every other owner in the NBA knows this.

    Still, I'm not entirely sold on this yet as being authentic, or something.  So, let's set his prior transgressions aside.  How stupid (or infirmed) do you have to be to be telling your g/f not to be pictured with the greatest player ever to dribble a basketball on the roster of any home team from the City of Los Angeles?  Might he have followed this up with "I don't want you taking pictures with any tall guys either"?

    If this is real, racist as he may have been (or indeed was) in the past, for a whopper like this, I have to believe we're seeing the dementia that unfortunately 80-year old people encounter set in.

    Not excusing it, not at all, no sir no ma'am.  Just trying to get some context, since, regardless of the depth and insidiousness of Sterling's transgressions in the past, this is borderline inexplicable to me, on pure business grounds alone.

  •  Donald Sterling Has Always Been An Asshole (7+ / 0-)

    Before bringing in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the franchise was a joke. Beyond being a racist prick, Sterling has a history of being cheap and screwing over the people that work for him. Both Mike Dunleavy and Elgin Baylor have ended up suing him in court.

    Five years ago, ESPN The Magazine put together a devastating profile of Sterling, where some of the same behavior was reported on. The only difference between then and now is there was no audio tape.

    • "When Sterling first bought the Ardmore, he remarked on its odor to Davenport. 'That's because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they're not clean,' he said, according to Davenport's testimony. 'And it's because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day.' He added: 'So we have to get them out of here.' ...[Kandynce] Jones had repeatedly walked to the apartment manager's office to plead for assistance, according to sworn testimony given by her daughter Ebony Jones in the Housing Rights Center case. Kandynce Jones' refrigerator dripped, her dishwasher was broken, and her apartment was always cold. Now it had flooded. Davenport reported what she saw to Sterling, and according to her testimony, he asked: 'Is she one of those black people that stink?' When Davenport told Sterling that Jones wanted to be reimbursed for the water damage and compensated for her ruined property, he replied: 'I am not going to do that. Just evict the bitch.'"
    • "Those San Diego years are the stuff of NBA legend. Sterling welcomed himself to town by plastering his face on billboards across the city. And when the Clips won their 1981 home opener, he ran across the court, shirt unbuttoned and glass of wine held aloft, to high-five his players and hug coach Paul Silas. 'I love you!' he told them. But later that year he refused to pay a $1,000 prize to a local lawyer who won a free throw contest until the guy sued for fraud. Sterling even asked Silas to cut costs by taping players himself. Before the next season, he installed an ex-model named Patricia Simmons as assistant GM, putting her at Silas' desk while the coach was on an NBA promotional trip to China. Silas returned to find his belongings piled in the hallway."
    • "For years he has run semianonymous ads (crude design jobs he reportedly locks up himself) seeking 'hostesses' for Clippers events and his private parties. ... According to testimony Jaksy gave under oath, Sterling touched her in ways that made her uncomfortable and asked her to visit friends of his for sex. Sterling also repeatedly ordered her to find massage therapists to service him sexually, telling her, 'I want someone who will, you know, let me put it in or who [will] suck on it.'"
  •  A deadly irony in the news this week... (7+ / 0-)

    In the same week that the Supreme Court hands down the decision in the Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action by Any Means Necessary (BAMN)  case, complete with Sotomayor's brilliant and impassioned dissent from the bench, we have the Bundy's and Sterling's of the world demonstrating that racial prejudice is alive and well, and dominating the airwaves in both the cable news and cable sports worlds. It is inescapable. Justice Roberts needed only to turn on his television to know that race matters in our society; that racism is pervasive and pernicious.  (comment cross-posted at >http://www.dailykos.com/... )

    “The aim of mankind should be to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”--Edith Hamilton (1867-1963)

    by cinepost on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 10:26:40 AM PDT

    •  Yep. It's been a banner week for racists, (2+ / 0-)
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      and what should be a very embarrassing week for Justice Roberts and his brethren.

      Which is not to say it wasn't obvious months ago when they struck down the Voter's rights act that they were brazenly wrong headed at the very least, scary right wing at the worst.

      Too much of the country didn't pay attention when w/in weeks of that ruling every backward state in the union was trying to pass voter suppression laws. But Cliven Bundy and Don Sterling have got this country talking.

      Hopefully Americans are beginning to realize just how many hard core racists this country still harbors, and act accordingly to make others safe from them.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 11:13:39 AM PDT

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  •  Jesus, the world just fucking hates us man. (6+ / 0-)

    It's really fucking depressing. Being black, I've learned to smell Don Sterlings from a mile away long before they say anything overtly racist. I have to be able to do that to survive.

    And yet the whole god damned racist world will give Don Sterling the benefit of the doubt until he says something that is so overtly racist that white people have to agree that it is. The only time anything is racist is when whites think it is.

    I'm sick of having to deal with this bullshit day after day after day.

    •  Yes, and the NBA is still saying "alleged" when (3+ / 0-)
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      they have the 10 minute tape and his consistent history showing the same pattern of behavior.

      Now an extra 4 minutes comes out making this incident even worse.

      But, I think this is part of a process of getting better fou. Sorry it is so painful. But this may be like finally passing a gigantic hardened constipated turd that is tearing one's asshole as it barely squeezes through.

      Hurt's like hell but what a relief to finally get out.

      Maybe I'm being too optimistic.

      In a subsequent post about President Obama denunciation I ask if this may be the first time the media is reporting these kinds of incidents with universal condemnation.

      The nation is united in rejecting this vile bullshit.

      "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

      by HoundDog on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 11:02:21 AM PDT

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    •  Because the f*cking NBA owners 29 other rich (3+ / 0-)
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      people & David Stern were on his side. The NBA enabled him.

      The majority culture enables this as long as we're good "obedient negros", it's all good.

      nosotros no somos estúpidos

      by a2nite on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 11:55:55 AM PDT

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  •  NAACP changes mind about award (4+ / 0-)
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    Don Sterling will NOT get an award from the NAACP.

    And it's a damn good thing he's not!

  •  Extended transcript has some whoppers in it... (1+ / 0-)
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    More Questions Than Answers

    When asked if Sterling knew that nearly his entire team is black:

    You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?
    Sterling also went into a bizarre conversation about black Jews in Israel:
    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.

  •  Audio, I Wasn't Able To Find The Audio In The (1+ / 0-)
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    diary.

    As I listen to this it really emphasizes how racists and homophobes are exactly the same.  The racist in this audio wants someone (his girlfriend) to "pretend" that she is not Mexican and Black.  That she would be alright if she wouldn't "be around" with black people.  Why do you have to broadcast it he asks.

    Gays have heard this forever.  "Why do you have to broadcast that you are gay.  If only you would stay quiet about who you are."  

    It sickens me that some black people argue that gay discrimination isn't the same as black discrimination.

    It's all discrimination and it's all destructive.

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 12:00:05 PM PDT

  •  I wonder who his friends are that called (2+ / 0-)
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    to object so strenuously to her Instagram photo with Magic?  One thing for certain was they were billionaires.  Rich people don't hang out with lesser type unless they are pretty and speak fluent stripper.

    There is an endless supply of white men, there has always been a limited number of Human Beings

    by ratprique on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 01:21:17 PM PDT

  •  Clippers silent protest (2+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for the shout out Houndog.

    Clippers Let Actions Show Anger Over Owner's Alleged Remarks

    The Los Angeles Clippers players have declined to speak about the scandal surrounding the team owner, Donald Sterling, but they opened their playoff game today with a silent demonstration of their feelings.

    The team came out for warmups wearing their jerseys inside out, hiding the team name, a day after a tape recording was posted online in which a man -- purportedly Sterling -- goes on a racist rant in an argument with a woman.

    Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said the team had considered boycotting the game today against the Golden State Warriors, but decided to play.

    http://abcnews.go.com/...

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 01:30:18 PM PDT

  •  Harsh language by Snoop Dogg? or Don Sterling (0+ / 0-)

    Donald piece of crap Sterling is using harsh language, not Snoop

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:36:50 AM PDT

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