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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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Steve April 27 2014 at 3:31 PM

I was always offended by the film, "White Men Can't Jump." Where was Jordan and Magic then?

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davidrkelly928 Steve April 27 2014 at 3:39 PM

eating popcorn

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raviles505 April 27 2014 at 3:11 PM

why not wait for the investigation before commenting or taking sides on this very volatile situation.(nobody is such a fool to make such comments to be recorded .)

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meepstein raviles505 April 27 2014 at 3:14 PM

Get your head out of the sand.

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Jorge L Aquino April 27 2014 at 3:00 PM

Freedom of speech .....all well and good .........being a 19th century bigot ........not cool !

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HI BEAUTIFUL Jorge L Aquino April 27 2014 at 3:30 PM

Funny how freedom of speech is for some but not for all and esp in a private home party. Would you want people to tell you who you should invite to your private parties????? I think not !!!

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floydroy April 27 2014 at 2:47 PM

So NO ONE GO TO THE GAMES let the players win their title but let the fans stay home money talks

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louiskeefer April 27 2014 at 2:45 PM

Freedom of speech ??????

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genm3900 April 27 2014 at 3:31 PM

just 1 thing--no matter how offensive we do have free speach (not just politicaly corfrect speech) in this country

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smprfitom April 27 2014 at 3:16 PM

FIRST AMENDMENT: " I may not like what you say, but I'll defend your right to say it."

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ccvette88 April 27 2014 at 2:55 PM

Nobody calls the race card when 99 per cent of the players on any team are black. Why?

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welcome Judge April 27 2014 at 2:55 PM

Guilty until proven innocent. The NEW American way

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estela92 April 27 2014 at 2:54 PM

I DON'T GET IT......WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF SPEACH IN THIS COUNTRY ?? DOES THIS OPTION ONLY EXIST FOR PEOPLE LIKE JOAN RIVERS AND THE LOW CLASS LIKE ? THERE IS ALWAYS A BIG TO DO WHENEVER A BLACK PERSON FEEL OFFENDED BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WHITE PEOPLE ARE CALLED HONKIES ETC. TWO COLORS AND TWO RULES.......

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