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Magic: Sterling 'shouldn't own a team anymore'

Magic Hurt By Sterling's Comments


By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer

Magic Johnson called upon the NBA to "come down hard" on Donald Sterling, even saying that the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers should essentially be ousted from the league.

"He shouldn't own a team anymore," Johnson said Sunday.

Johnson's comments were among the strongest condemnations yet of Sterling, who allegedly made racially charged comments in an audio recording obtained and released by TMZ. Included in the recording: A male, purported to be Sterling, urging a woman to not bring black people to his team's games and upset that she posted photos of herself posing with black friends on her Instagram account.

One of those now-deleted photos is believed to have been of the woman posing with Johnson. On Sunday, Johnson said Sterling was one of the first people he met after moving to Los Angeles, where he was a Lakers star for many years.

"I had a friendship with him. So for him to then make these comments, or alleged comments, about myself as well as other African-Americans and minorities, there's no place in our society for it," Johnson said. "There's no place in our league, because we all get along. We all play with different races of people when you're in sports. That's what makes sports so beautiful."

Johnson spoke on ABC's playoff pregame show Sunday.

Both the Clippers and the NBA are investigating the audio tape and the comments on it, and Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night that he's hoping for a swift resolution.

"He's got to come down hard," said Johnson, adding that Sterling should also come forward and say he no longer wants to own a team. "This is bad for everybody. This is bad for America."

Johnson said he would not attend Clippers games as long as Sterling owns the team. He also said the Clippers should be focused on their playoff series with Golden State and not the latest scandal involving their long-controversial owner.

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deadlyzens April 27 2014 at 5:12 PM

If this owner said this, he's a dope. Take his team away from? I don't see that happening. It's ironic that magic is chiming in. He's probably screwing the guys girlfriend. Our president on the other hand never is chiming in again.
Wonder if he" ll want to have a beer with Sterling? Don't remember him commenting when the man in Detroit was beaten almost to death by scumbags of the AA decent.

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thomashollman19 April 27 2014 at 4:53 PM

ANOTHER OVER DRAMATIZED STORY TO KEEP OUR EYES OF OF THE DO NOTHING PRESIDENT WHILE PUTIN MAKES HAY----------------WHAT A LOOSER

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art thomashollman19 April 27 2014 at 5:08 PM

Have Your Say... I would never praise an African dictator over gwb aka wmd

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bfgair April 27 2014 at 4:51 PM

This whole thing sounds as if his little "WHOE" is sleeping around with any and every one she wants and Mr Sterling doesn't like being slapped in the face with this reality. So he asked her to stop and she wants to get even with him.
How a person feels within themselves is very personal and they should not be judged by their own personal feelings BUT how they react to others in public DOES matter. Mr Sterling's record of equality should be looked at and that is how the rest of the world should judge him by.
As far as Magic goes he should keep his infected [with aids] Johnson in his pants and NOT in Mr. Sterling's bed warmer.

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christa April 27 2014 at 4:50 PM

I am sic of race issues look rappers calling each other and whites niggers and crackers.

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farrarjr3 April 27 2014 at 9:33 PM

Who is magic Johnson, anyways? Isn't he that guy who cheated on his wife and got aids?

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kupiec8 farrarjr3 April 27 2014 at 9:34 PM

That's normal for blacks, so that's OK ...

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Gerald farrarjr3 April 27 2014 at 9:35 PM

Now he owns a company that furnishes food to the school system.

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dvanbib441 April 27 2014 at 4:49 PM

magic has made racist remarks in private and that is o.k.? private should be private. no matter what is said

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longisland1954 April 27 2014 at 4:49 PM

Rap music has very offensive lyrics, I don't hear you talking about that !

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TEXVOODOO2 April 27 2014 at 4:48 PM

I think most people find the guy's comments offensive, but he has a right to say them. Funny how these liberals always profess to support the 1st Amendment, but only when THEY are doing the talking. I guess ol' Magic here would also support taking businesses away from jewish shop owners who didn't conform to the liberal vision of utopia. Seig Heil!

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Lynda TEXVOODOO2 April 27 2014 at 4:55 PM

Freedom of speech does not guarantee agreement. Now Sterling has the opportunity to face the consequences of his freedom of speech which I believe will hurt his pocket because he obviously does not have a sound mind.

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ravenhunter2157 April 27 2014 at 10:18 PM

And "Johnson" shouldn't be allowed to __________! No, seriously, YOU fill in the blank! We already know he can't coach - so no can say that one. OK? Go.

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jcorn4543 ravenhunter2157 April 27 2014 at 10:24 PM

talk. here is a man who has aids from his life style. its time for the black man to stand up for themselves and stop blaming whites for everything.

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slickrick2250 ravenhunter2157 April 27 2014 at 10:31 PM

What an ignorant remark

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gkmoore4103 April 27 2014 at 10:21 PM

Magic should write a check....Then Sterling wouldn't own the team anymore!

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slickrick2250 gkmoore4103 April 27 2014 at 10:29 PM

He already did, he owns he Dodgers

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indosloft slickrick2250 April 27 2014 at 10:47 PM

Obama should stay out of this we have a right to free speech

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