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L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has created a firestorm that isn't likely to die down soon. Sterling told his mixed race girlfriend V. Stiviano, to stop being seen in public with black people. He even forbid her from bringing Magic Johnson to Clippers games and forbid her from posting photos of blacks on her Instagram.
Reactions to the comments leaked by TMZ in an audiotape they obtained has been swift and understandably harsh.
Television host Keith Olbermann responded via Twitter by saying Clippers player should boycott until the NBA takes action against Sterling.
"Repeating: time for #Clippers players to step up. Refuse to play till NBA moves against this racist j****** #Sterling. NBA can't defend him," Olbermann wrote. "I was banned by the #Clippers for criticism of the front office - in 1986. This made me the envy of every other LA sports media person."
Meek Mill also spoke out on Twitter.
Donald sterling is the definition of racism .... He could b your judge.... Your doctor.....you teacher etc... I bet nothing happens 2 him!— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 26, 2014
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson demanded that something be done by the NBA and the Clippers players.
"This is a racially insulting, demeaning statement. Because we have dignity, we have an insult level,: Jackson told TMZ. "The first issue is what will the NBA do about it. He's an NBA owner. Does he violate an ethic of conduct by by the NBA and it;s owners? They must respond and respond quickly. Second, the player's association must respond. Because you have players in the union who work for Mr. Srerling. Just as the players showed sensitivity to the Trayvon Martin situation with some symbolic expression. In the case of the Miami Heat they wore their hoodies. The players for the Clippers should show some sign if indignation."
Former NBA All-Star and current Atlanta Vice President of Basketball, Dominique Wilkins told TMZ that Sterling's comments prove racism is still alive in 2014.
As a VP for the Hawks it is appalling to wake up to this story. It is in no way anything that I know MY NBA at ANY level to promote, condone or harbor behind closed doors or openly. As a black man living in the South, this is not something that is a surprise. Racism is prevalent, still a problem and something that can NOT be taken lightly in ANY context! As a former Clipper, I feel for the community of LA. It is a melting pot of culture and ALL races. For Clipper fans, staff and players, I do hope this is dealt with swiftly and justly. It is just totally disappointing.
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