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LeBron James: `No room for Donald Sterling in NBA'

NBA's Reaction To Donald Sterling News


By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- LeBron James called comments on an audio recording of a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling "appalling" and said he's not sure if he would suit up for the remainder of the NBA playoffs if he played for the Clippers.

"There's no room for Donald Sterling in the NBA - there is no room for him," the Heat forward said Saturday night before a playoff game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

The league said Saturday it was investigating the recording posted on TMZ's website, calling the comments "disturbing and offensive."

James said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver should take swift action if the comments are found to be made by Sterling.

"Obviously, if the reports are true it's unacceptable in our league," James said. "It doesn't matter, white, black or Hispanic - all across the races it's unacceptable. As the commissioner of our league they have to make a stand. They have to be very aggressive with it. I don't know what it will be, but we can't have that in our league.

"We're the model citizen of all sports around the world because we are the most recognizable figures. ... It's very disrespectful and it's appalling."

One of James' best friends, Chris Paul, plays for the Clippers.

James said he hasn't spoken with Paul, but "I can only imagine what is going through his head."

"I have kind of wavered back and forth if I would actually sit out," James said. "If our owner would come out and say the things he said I would have to sit down with my teammates and talk to my family because at the end of the day, our family and teammates are way more important than that,. Basketball is huge and the playoffs have been unbelievable so far and I hate that something has to come out."

In the recording, the man on the recorder questions his girlfriend's association with minorities.

James said he's not angry about the comments, just disappointed.

"I can only imagine if a player came out and said something of that stature what would happen to us as players," James said. "I believe in Adam (Silver) and I believe in the NBA and they have to do something very fast before this really gets out of hand. But like I said there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league."

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cutiepie April 27 2014 at 9:21 AM

stay tuned---
next up-
the thought police!!

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Hi Victor April 27 2014 at 2:01 PM

Rivers should turn this around as an advantage!

Say to his team...
This was a private matter... and we are all guilty of saying things hateful in private .. so let's not by hypercrites...
Question -- has Sterling, our boss, ever shown disrespect to you, or me, in any way, shape or form? Any hands? No.
Does the man pay us well? Given you and me everything to succeed as a team? Yes..
Ok.. let's be a team.. and give our leader the benefit of doubt.. and wrap this Clipper Wagon around our leader... and win this championship..

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leftydap52 April 27 2014 at 9:44 AM

REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYONE SAYS HERE about whites being racist and blacks being racists. the fact is that RACISM EXISTS in all cultures and races. No one culture is exempt from harboring racists and no color has exclusivity on having all the racists....or none of them

We all need to check our moral compasses every now and then, myself included. RACISM IS NOT THE DOMAIN ON JUST ONE CULTURE. Racism abounds in every color here on earth.

But this goes way beyond being a racist. It has to do with your upbringing, It has to do with self-esteem and it has to do with doing the right thing for and by your fellow man. Sadly people who are racists are the weak ones who refuse to join a respectable society even in light of their own deficiencies. You can be the most successful professional in your career...the best parent...yet the moment you open your mouth and spew out racist remarks....YOU INSTANTLY LOSE ALL CREDIBILITY with respectable members of society. And notice that I said "respectable members" and not those are undesirables. SAD TO THINK AS A SOCIETY, where we all have freedom of choice, that most people, if not all, have failed to live up to our potential. We continue to accept choices in our lives that serve to dumb us down. We need to take a long hard look into ourselves and be honest and frank with what we see. Its only up to us to correct our own ills and move towards a moving loving society

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vancurren April 27 2014 at 9:45 AM

Like his opinion matters more than anyone else's. It's just sports, who cares?

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maclel5 vancurren April 27 2014 at 10:15 AM

Is anyone really surprise, all my young sports brother are just high price slaves, like it or not, it is what it is, shut up, and go get you another white GIRL.

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theomegaman72 April 27 2014 at 1:50 PM

Just curious, but who recorded this and for what reason ?

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james_fowler34 April 27 2014 at 2:40 PM

Donald Sterling needs to be fired and be off the NBA premises period. He has no room to say what he said. He is just down right disgusting. NBA has been a great game for all players for a long time. Donald, if I were you, I would be watching my back.

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nad22551 james_fowler34 April 27 2014 at 2:57 PM

who's going to fire him>-he's the OWNER!

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rmountsinai April 27 2014 at 9:53 AM

Maybe Donald Sterling thought it was ok to say what he said because there seems to be no outrage that the Brooklyn Nets owner, Jay-Z sports medallion for group that teaches ‘white people are devils’.

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ftep April 27 2014 at 9:54 AM

Timely. Controversy right in the middle of a low rated playoffs. Any publicity is good publicity. Cut us all a break.

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Jan April 27 2014 at 1:23 PM

More trouble!!!!!!! Precisely way GOD said to stay in the boundaries
he intended us to be in, he knew there would be trouble..... ACTS 17:26
GOD bless America and may GOD impart great love into us for
one another!

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skosta April 27 2014 at 1:22 PM

Here's a classic example of the media not playing it straight with the people.

The media stamps the word republican on Bundy's forehead yet makes no mention that Sterling has been a democrat fundraiser.

And they chide conservatives for not vetting Bundy enough while embracing him, yet say nothing about the NAACP giving Sterling a lifetime achievement ward for goodness sake.

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