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

Magic Hurt By Sterling's Comments

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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J L Murrell April 28 2014 at 8:35 AM

That jersey protest was lame at best. Now if they all quit the team, that would make a statement. But that won't happen, they like that man's money more.

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mom J L Murrell April 28 2014 at 9:48 AM

His money? He has their money, without them he wouldn't have any of it!

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Kev April 28 2014 at 8:13 AM

shouldn't own a team anymore?...the man is just old..and is obviously from the old school..but to say he shouldn't own a team anymore is way over the top...the man built and bought it with his own money...if anything else...he should learn to be careful about what he says...

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RICH April 28 2014 at 8:12 AM

Get over it !

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Ragman April 28 2014 at 7:56 AM

It didn't take Al Sharpton long to "Jump On The Bandwagon" because it was white on black. A number of black youths recently have attacked and killed elderly World War 2 Veterans, ALL WHITE, and Sharpton was NO WHERE to be seen nor heard! As far as I am concerned, this makes Sharpton a BLACK RACISTS. I read where Charles Barkley make the statement, "I hate White People" and allegedlt outrage was made by our society. Remember when Jesse Jackson called, I believe it was Chicago, maybe New York, I forget, Hymie Town (sp?)? The liberal news media flames and fans the blacks when this happens to them but does NOTHING when BLACKS offend WHITES. Look what just happened in Louisville, KY, black teenage gangs assaulting MOSTLY white people and then robbing them! I give credit though to the BLACK ministers and churches that came out in support of the WHITE motorist in Detroit, I think Detroit, that hit the BLACK kid, the kid's fault, after he stepped out in the street. A mob of BLACKS beat the WHITE motorist, robben him and could have cared LESS about the BLACK kid that was hit! BLACKS wonder why some WHITE people cop the attitude about them that they do? There are so many BLACK Americans that don't deserve to be "lumped" with these losers that do these acts of violence and act like Sharpton and others, but so many WHITES put them in that category. More leaders in the BLACK communities need to speak out for injustice no matter what color it is against the other, insteand of just WHITE ON BLACK!

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miahjackson Ragman April 28 2014 at 8:19 AM

There is violence committed by all races of people but "the world" doesn't make you think so. It has and always will be a "racist" world and until we all learn that a human being - NO MATTER WHAT COLOR - is a human being like the next - we all are going to continue to have these problems. No happiness for human kind in the near future until we start with loving ourselves. Teaching our kids how to love and value life esp the life of another human being is vital to us changing how we treat one another. Ignorance begets ignorance and it's just unfortunate that all races have their share of the people who breed it. God bless us all

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JohnBoydStrother Ragman April 28 2014 at 8:35 AM

Ragman your generalization could also work the other way around, Blacks could look at whites as KKK no matter how much those wits hate the KKK.

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xnfree April 28 2014 at 8:14 AM

tell them all to quit noooooooo they won't give up that money he can get 1000 blacks willing to play for less that will say call me anything you want for that kind of money stop the crap why do blacks always play the race card when your callin each other ni8888 all the time

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miahjackson xnfree April 28 2014 at 8:33 AM

There are many definitions to many words in this world. The comfort level for us calling each other "*****" is totally something a white person wouldn't understand. The term "*****" stemmed from the white man calling his "property" that to degrade and abuse the unfortunate who had to suffer at the hands of such a "*****" because the true definition of the word honestly describes the "ACTIONS" of the same people who created the "*****". There are many ways we can dissect the way the different races act and treat each other but we are not responsible for the division - color is taught.

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xnfree miahjackson April 28 2014 at 9:24 AM

as you said its just a word so do white pronounce it diffrent is that why its racist

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venturamickey April 28 2014 at 7:19 AM

I would just love to hear what all these naysayers blab out in their own privacy. Give it a rest we all at one time or another have blurted out things we wish we could take back. The tongue is a terrible weapon when not guarded and Only by the grace of God can anyone control it for as Jeremiah said by inspiration of God that " The heart of man is desperately wicked, who can know it?" Lets all take a good had look in the mirror forgive one another and remember were all in the same sinful boat.

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vietnamvet1967 April 28 2014 at 7:08 AM

Then get some of your Friends who have Money , and buy him out

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JohnBoydStrother April 28 2014 at 8:24 AM

Donald Sterling, I guess your girl friend sold you out, does this mean the wedding is off? She was fun wasn't she? So young and appeasing. Yet she fried you with a tape she made while you pleaded with her in what you thought was a private moment. You better go get checked out by your doctors, she might have gotten HIV or some other damn thing from her other boy friends.

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dbsquirl April 28 2014 at 8:08 AM

would we expect anything better from a man who has a "girlfriend" on the side? He has no morals at all.

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randycoletx April 28 2014 at 8:11 AM

And you should have not cheated on your wife and got aids, hypicrite

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