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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 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.
SPORTS
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.
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 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!
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Gale Holland, Louis Sahagun and Howard Blume
As the Clippers faced off against the Golden State Warriors in an NBA playoff game Sunday, basketball fans and bystanders across Los Angeles grappled with the racist rant attributed to team owner Donald Sterling and shared their thoughts. At 1739 Public House in Los Feliz, bartender Curtis Swanson said Sterling had been known as a racist and slumlord for 35 years. He doubted anything substantial would come of the controversy because "he's got more money than the people yelling at him.” “I grew up in the Deep South and old money is always racist money,” Swanson, 38, 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!
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.
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 Ruben Vives and David Zahniser
The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People announced Sunday that Donald Sterling will not receive an honor amid controversy over a recording said to be of the Clippers team owner making racist remarks. The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP had been scheduled to give Sterling the group's lifetime achievement award at its May 15 banquet.  "He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP," Lorraine Miller, NAACP interim vice president, told NBC's "Meet the Press.
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