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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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!
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.
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April 27, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
NEW YORK - The Angels promoted one of their top relief-pitching prospects to the big leagues Sunday, calling up right-hander Mike Morin, 22, from triple-A Salt Lake and optioning outfielder Brennan Boesch to triple A. Morin, who is scheduled to arrive in Yankee Stadium by game time, began the season at double-A Arkansas, where he did not allow an earned run in five innings of five games. He was promoted to triple A on April 16, and in four games for Salt Lake, he gave up four earned runs in three innings.
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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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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 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.
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April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND -- A week after he preached to a congregation that included some of his players at a Van Nuys church, Mark Jackson found himself delivering a different kind of sermon. The Golden State Warriors coach and ordained minister, speaking to the media Sunday before Game 4 of his team's first-round playoff series against the Clippers, described allegedly racist remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling as “unfortunate, disappointing and [there's] no place in society for those thoughts or that mentality.
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April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND -- Golden State Warriors fans are among the most boisterous in the NBA, and they weren't holding back when it came to the brouhaha involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Shortly after the Clippers walked onto the court for warmups before Game 4 of their first-round series at Oracle Arena on Sunday, a fan chanted, “KKK-Clippers!”, alluding to the racist remarks purportedly made by Sterling during a recent conversation with a female friend. Full coverage: The Donald Sterling controversy A voice that sounds like Sterling's can be heard in an audio recording released by TMZ telling his friend that he was upset she posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself next to Lakers legend Magic Johnson because he didn't want her to be associated with black people.
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.
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April 26, 2014 | By Bill Plaschke
An Instagram photo of Magic Johnson posing with Donald Sterling's female friend V. Stiviano has become a historical document. After TMZ released unverified audio of Sterling purportedly making racist comments about the photo, it will be the last time anyone will see Johnson at a Clippers game at Staples Center. "I will never again set foot in Staples Center when the Clippers are playing," Johnson said Saturday afternoon in a phone interview. "I know where I'm not wanted. " Johnson was furious upon hearing the comments, which were aimed at all African Americans, and is calling upon the NBA to take serious action that could include stripping Sterling of his ownership duties.
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!
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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.
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