Miami Heat star LeBron James revealed that he has something to tell Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was allegedly caught on tape making racist comments to his girlfriend.
According to an audio recording obtained by some tabloids, in his discussion with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, that he doesn’t want her to bring black people to games.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” he is heard saying. “Do you have to?”
Stiviano says that all she did was take a picture with someone she admires. “I think the fact that you admire [Magic] — I’ve known him well, and he should be admired,” Sterling replies.
“And I’m just saying that it’s too bad you can’t admire him privately. And during your ENTIRE FUCKING LIFE, your whole life, admire him – bring him here, feed him, fuck him, I don’t care. You can do anything. But don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games. OK?”
Sterling and the Clippers organization responded to TMZ considering the recording. “We have heard the tape on TMZ. We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered,” the statement said.
“We do know that the woman on the tape – who we believe released it to TMZ – is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family, alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would ‘get even.'”
“Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings,” they added. “It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life.”
Meanwhile, before taking on the Charlotte Bobcats in Game 3 of Miami’s first-round playoff series, JeBron James said that if the report is true, then “there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league.”
“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,” James said. The four-time NBA MVP also said he even contemplated not playing.
“I kind of wavered back and forth whether I would actually sit out. If our owner would come out and say the things that he said, I would really have to sit down with my teammates, talk to my family because at the end of the day, our family, and our teammates are way more important than that.”
James also wondered aloud what would happened to a player “came out and said something of that stature” and called on NBA commissioner Adam Silver to “do something very fast and quickly before this really gets out of hand.”