Following the leak to gossip website TMZ over the weekend of a recording in which a man purported to be Clippers owner Donald Sterling can be heard making racist statements (Deadspin later posted a cleaned-up version of the same audio), Hollywood and NBA stars alike came out in force against the mogul to condemn his alleged comments. Below you can check out a roundup of reactions from across the entertainment spectrum (not to mention one directly from the White House).
I couldn't play for him— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 26, 2014
Michael Jordan (former NBA player and Charlotte Bobcats owner):
“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 Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed.
"I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”
"The Wire" star Michael K. Williams (speaking before a Brooklyn Nets game):
Part of me wishes the Clippers won't suit up for the rest of the season. A fella can dream tho. #DonaldSterling— Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) April 26, 2014
“If I was a Clipper player, you wouldn’t see me on the court anymore in that uniform."
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
“First of all, they have to prove it’s his voice on the tape, but this is the first big test for Adam Silver. You can’t have this guy making statements like that. He has to suspend him and fine him immediately…. We can not have an NBA owner discriminating against a league that’s…we’re a black league.”
"Anchorman" director Adam McKay:
Hard to ignore anymore. Donald Sterling, owner of Clippers is a massive racist. Ill be giving up my season tix. #ClippersOwnerIsaRacist— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) April 26, 2014
Everyone surprised about DonaldSterling?A jealous old rich boyfriend & you know the race thing was gonna tumble out of him eventually— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 26, 2014
Current black superstar athletes voices =zero.Gotta lead the other players to speak up.These cats today,Kareem,Clemente, Ali,Brown ...not.— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 26, 2014
“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.”
(via Miami Herald)
“There’s no place in our society for it, and there’s no place in our league,” Johnson said on the ESPN/ABC pregame show Sunday. “We all play with different races of people in sports. That’s what makes sports so beautiful. He’s put his own team in a tough situation. So I believe that once Commissioner Silver … does all his due diligence, gets all the information gathered, he’s gotta come down hard. [Sterling] shouldn’t own a team anymore. And he should stand up and say, ‘I don’t want to own a team anymore.’ Especially when you have African-Americans renting his apartments, coming to the games, playing for him, coaching for him. This is bad for everybody. It’s bad for America and I’m really upset about it.”
obama" class="autolink">President Obama:
"[Donald Sterling] is reported to have said some incredibly offensive racist statements that were published. I don’t think I have to interpret those statements for you; they kind of speak for themselves. When people — when ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. And that’s what happened here."