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April 26, 2014 | By Sandy Banks
It's time to retire Donald Sterling. Let the real estate magnate and Clippers owner take his millions and buy a hockey team. Then he won't have to worry about black superstars showing up for games on his girlfriend's arm. That's what seemed to set him off in what is alleged to be a recorded argument with his girlfriend, who had posted a picture of herself with Magic Johnson on her Instagram account. “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people,” the man on the recording said.
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April 28, 2014 | BILL PLASCHKE
They began the game huddled in a concrete hallway, arms locked, bodies swaying, desperately begging each other to stay united through the storm. "It's just us . . . only us . . . we're all we got!" They ended the game trudging through the same hallway in single file, heads down, eyes vacant, sighs heavy, their earlier hopes lost in the echoes of the silence. The Clippers tried. Oh, did they try. One day after being dragged into the center of national outrage with the release of an audio recording containing racist statements purportedly made by their owner, Donald Sterling, the Clippers tried to play through the storm.
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April 27, 2014 | By Barry Stavro
Michael Jordan, a Hall of Fame player who now owns an NBA franchise, issued a statement Sunday blasting Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his alleged comments about African Americans. "I look at this from two perspectives -- as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I'm obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I'm confident that [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly," Jordan said.
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April 27, 2014 | Ben Bolch
L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who for 30 years has presided over the city's second NBA franchise, became the object of national outrage and the target of an NBA investigation Saturday after allegedly making derogatory remarks about blacks. In an audio recording, released by celebrity gossip site TMZ, a person identified as Sterling argues with his girlfriend, criticizing her for posting a picture of herself on Instagram posing with Lakers legend Magic Johnson. "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people," Sterling allegedly says, later adding, "I'm just saying, in your ... Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people.
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April 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday evening that racist remarks allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling 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 would not comment on possible repercussions for Sterling should the league be satisfied it was his voice on the recording.
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April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The phone didn't get a break at Elgin Baylor's Los Angeles-area home Saturday afternoon. Everyone seemed to want to speak to the former Clippers general manager after the racist recording attributed to the team's owner, Donald Sterling, emerged late Friday on TMZ.com. Baylor declined to comment until a family attorney was consulted, but the 79-year-old member of the NBA's Hall of Fame is part of Sterling's history with racial issues. Baylor sued Sterling and others in February 2009 in L.A. Superior Court for wrongful termination and discrimination on the basis of age and race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Bettina Boxall
An audio recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald Sterling making racist statements is authentic, and a woman named V. Stiviano did not release it to any news outlets, her attorney said in an e-mail Sunday to the Los Angeles Times. The 15-minute recording is part of a one-hour conversation between Sterling and his client, V. Stiviano, attorney Mac Nehoray said in the e-mail. Nehoray, of the Calabasas-based Nehoray Legal Group, is representing Stiviano in a civil lawsuit brought against her by Sterling's wife, Rochelle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
OAKLAND -- Clippers fans entering the Oracle Arena in Oakland before their team's playoff game Sunday against the Golden State Warriors denounced the racial remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling and called for a public apology. Some L.A. fans said they did not wear their Clippers gear for fear of inciting animosity. One woman in a Clippers jersey carried a sign denouncing Sterling. A Warriors fan in blue and gold shouted to a Clippers' fan in red: “You guys need a new owner!
NATIONAL
April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Twitter has some hot new hash tags -- "Sterling," "Sterling racist" and "boycottclippers. " Such is some of the fallout on social media following a report that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made racist remarks during an argument with a friend. The NBA has launched an investigation. On his Twitter account, Magic Johnson called Sterling's comments a “black eye for the NBA,” stating that he would never go to a Clippers game again as long as Sterling is the team's owner.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
So Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, stands accused of having made remarks of unbelievable crassness and flavored with a racism that would bring a tear to the eye of Cliven Bundy. Are you surprised? Me neither. Sterling's record of difficulty with racial issues is well-documented, including two lawsuits (one from the federal government) alleging racially discriminatory rental practices at his real estate properties. He settled both for millions. Then there was the lawsuit from long-term Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor accusing Sterling of racial and age discrimination ; Baylor lost his case in a 2011 jury trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Victoria Kim and Bettina Boxall
A sign taped on the door of V. Stiviano's duplex near the Beverly Center on Sunday directed visitors to contact her attorney and further stated, "I have no comment. " A woman opened the door slightly and remained behind it while telling a reporter that she was getting ready to go to church and that she had to consult with her lawyer before speaking to the media. A flat-screen TV on the wall was tuned to a basketball game, and a tiny Yorkshire terrier yelped and bandied about. Another woman inside the house, wearing a pink hat with V. Stiviano written on it in white lettering, provided a flier with the attorney's phone number.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Ruben Vives
From President Obama to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, there has been swift condemnation from political circles to a recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making remarks about blacks. "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk," Obama said during a press conference in Malaysia. Sterling's alleged comments also met with criticism by L.A. officials.   Garcetti said through a spokesman Saturday that he condemns the "statements and sentiments" attributed to Sterling.  "These statements are offensive and despicable and have no place in Los Angeles.
WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama on Saturday condemned the “incredibly offensive racist statements” attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, calling them a sign of how the U.S. continues to wrestle with its legacy of "slavery and segregation. " But Obama also said he thinks such remarks from “ignorant folks” draw outrage because they're so out of sync with the American self-concept. “We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” Obama said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
OAKLAND -- Clippers fans entering the Oracle Arena in Oakland before their team's playoff game Sunday against the Golden State Warriors denounced the racial remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling and called for a public apology. Some L.A. fans said they did not wear their Clippers gear for fear of inciting animosity. One woman in a Clippers jersey carried a sign denouncing Sterling. A Warriors fan in blue and gold shouted to a Clippers' fan in red: “You guys need a new owner!
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND -- In a potentially ominous sign for the Clippers, Coach Doc Rivers acknowledged Sunday he wasn't sure about his future with the organization in the wake of racial remarks attributed to owner Donald Sterling. Asked if there were things he needed to hear and see from Sterling or others within the organization to want to continue working for the Clippers, Rivers said, “Don't know yet. I'm just going to leave it at that.” Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Golden State Warriors Coach Mark Jackson were among those who have said they could not play for Sterling in the wake of an audio recording released by TMZ that purports to contain Sterling telling a female friend that he was upset she posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself next to Lakers legend Magic Johnson and didn't want her to bring him to Clippers games.
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April 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The national condemnation of racist comments attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling includes several fellow NBA owners. While many owners remained silent or deferred to the rapid investigation of the matter promised by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, other team owners spoke out against one of their own. “If @TMZ recording is true, we must have zero tolerance. Fully support commish Silver @NBA,” Kings owner Vivek Ranadive tweeted . Full coverage: The Donald Sterling controversy In a statement, Heat owner Micky Arison said Sterling's alleged comments were “appalling, offensive and very sad.” Spurs CEO Peter Holt adopted a more cautious tone, but noted Sterling's extended history of racial missteps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A Los Angeles councilman says he won't attend Clippers games as long as Donald Sterling is owner after a recording was made public that purports to show the NBA team's owner making racist statements. Councilman Curren Price, whose South L.A. district includes Staples Center, called the remarks "a disgrace" and said he would join Magic Johnson in refusing to attend any Clippers games while Sterling remains the owner. "It is incredibly disappointing to see someone who is leading a nationally recognized brand express this kind of ignorance and hatred," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Ruben Vives
From President Obama to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, there has been swift condemnation from political circles to a recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making remarks about blacks. "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk," Obama said during a press conference in Malaysia. Sterling's alleged comments also met with criticism by L.A. officials.   Garcetti said through a spokesman Saturday that he condemns the "statements and sentiments" attributed to Sterling.  "These statements are offensive and despicable and have no place in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
It's not uncommon for a business leader's personal and professional lives to intersect, but seldom does that happen as spectacularly as it has with Donald Sterling. The real estate magnate and Clippers owner's relationship with V. Stiviano, a woman his wife, Rochelle, alleges to be a money-grubbing seductress, appears to be related to the tape on which Sterling is alleged to make a raft of racist remarks. The recording purportedly is a conversation between Stiviano and Donald Sterling.
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Barry Stavro
For all the Donald Sterling issues surrounding the team, the Clippers still have a critical game to play Sunday -- and several gambling sites have them as slight, two-point favorites in Game 4 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers squeaked out a 98-96 win in Oakland on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in the series against the Warriors. But the Clippers have lost 15 of 18 games against the Warriors in the Bay Area. BetUS.com expects a big game from Blake Griffin, with his over-and-under in combined points scored and rebounds at 36 in Game 4. The gaming site also expects a big contribution from Stephen Curry, setting his points scored over-and-under at 23-1/2 for the Warriors' All-Star point guard.
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