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April 27, 2014

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan's statement concerning Clippers owner Donald Sterling

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan issued the following prepared statement Sunday afternoon, regarding racially insensitive comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling:

“I look at this from two perspectives – as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly.

            “As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”

Posted by Observer Sports on April 27, 2014 at 01:23 PM | Permalink


This guy is over the barrel. The girlfriend is under investigation for embezzling more than 1.8 million and she was trying to get even. She provoked him into a heated argument and recorded him at his worst moments. Others have been there before. It doesn't take any bravery to condemn him, but it would be revolutionary if another player or owner could step up and extend grace and forgiveness to him in his darkest hour. Everybody has said things they regret and are ashamed of. This man just has the unfortunate situation where his worst moments are being shared with the world.

Posted by: Rdcoyote | Apr 27, 2014 2:42:18 PM

^^^ it's different when it's sterling. he has a history of being a D and making effed up comments. not to mention, its his fault for dating whores. i see where the social media blows this up a lot quicker and bigger than it would have in years past. I see where the smart phone technology has turned everybody into a spy taking pictures/videos/recordings to where no behavior is private and everybody's worst moments are broadcasted and presented as correct depictions of their character. but this guy? for once - it hit somebody who actually deserved it.

he's already seen the value of his franchise jump dramatically by adding paul and griffin and doc rivers. it's the appropriate time for the guy to sell when he's been a horrible owner by all accounts for decades.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 27, 2014 3:00:15 PM

I dont think the league or any employer should have the authority to take Formal action against personal comments and opinions that are expressed outside of work. The comments are racist, hurtful, and hypcritical...and they were also personal opinions and statements made in a private conversation that got leaked.

Instead of some formal punishment coming down from on high for personal faults (and we all got em), I'd prefer to see the owners make a business decision to vote him out of the league or 2) give the market a chance to respond and remedy the situation on its own. No more season tickets. Dont watch them on TV. Dont wear Clippers gear (not that that was happening much any way).

Posted by: Ogy | Apr 27, 2014 3:22:17 PM

Ahh ... Poor whiny baby ... Go cry a river ... When you gonna stop freeloading and pay some rent for use of that 500 million arena paid for 100% by taxpayers?

Silver and Sterling are members of that special chosen tribe anyway who cant be touched... not muslims like the mouthy skinny boy ... laughable at best ... private affair only ... get the hell out of peoples personal business ...

Get out your checkbook or go build your own arena ... no moochers or freeloaders bilking taxpayers ...

Posted by: waaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaa | Apr 27, 2014 6:37:15 PM

The nba has a clause for owners and players to specifically cover and punish this conduct . Ownership is a privilege , not a right . Ownership must not diminish the product in any way . I like that Mj responded in the manner he did .

Posted by: Iron man | Apr 27, 2014 7:15:01 PM

I was shocked and disgusted by Donald Sterling's comments. It's been already said by many: such racist attitudes have no place in the NBA.

Even though there is, as always, a flip side of the coin [this was supposed to be a private conversation; it became public "thanks" to a gold digging slut of a mistress, who is now facing embezzlement charges; she taped this conversation for her own dirty purposes} - that's not gonna remove the mud and slime decorating now Sterling's face.

There is only one way to end this scandal: Donald Sterling has to sell the Clippers, to people who understand diversity, inclusiveness and respect for all people (regardless of color).

Posted by: Sandy | Apr 27, 2014 7:46:17 PM

TMZ not known for accuracy. Give league a chance to investigate before hanging this man.

Posted by: eduardo | Apr 27, 2014 7:51:46 PM

Marge Schott 2x ! Doc River and CP 3 should have resigned. They are loaded anyway and could re sign with someone else tomorrow !

Posted by: chris in union county | Apr 27, 2014 8:41:51 PM

Magic Johnson should buy the Clippers !

Posted by: chris in union county | Apr 27, 2014 8:43:16 PM

^^^ i think it's been pretty much certified that it's accurate. he didn't deny it exactly, and the statement from andy rouser wasn't exactly full blown denial either.

for the guy crying freedom of speech......the same way he has the freedom to be a racist, everybody else has the freedom to not play for him, not coach for him, not buy his tickets, not lease the staple center to him, not televise his teams games, etc. etc. etc. as part of their freedom of speech.

it's conduct detrimental to the league. if it's bad for business then business decisions can be made to alleviate that.

now......bob johnson used to make wildly racist comments going the other way and get away with it so i'm glad he isn't a majority owner anymore either.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 27, 2014 8:51:54 PM

Some pretty interesting comments here....I'm surprised. Overall looks like the pendulum (at least in these comments) has swung slightly in Sterling's favor -- and rightly so, this is America after all...

Jordan is a moron and given his despicable behaviour toward women, including trying the get a MTV VJ to gamble her virginity on a game of dice, Air Minimum has no room to talk.

Sterling is an 81 year old multi-billionaire with nothing to lose...I hope he hires 100 lawyers and tells all these "you gotta sell" pundits to pound sand!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 27, 2014 10:07:14 PM

^^^ pro racism now? wow.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 27, 2014 11:21:18 PM

Does that surprise you, charlottean ?

I always thought his hostility to Michael Jordan as team owner (which is at the roots of his permanent negativity towards this franchise) has racist roots - and I said it, in a previous comment, last year. I see no other explanation for such relentless animosity and expressions of deep scorn toward MJ as he keeps producing.

I never bought into that ridiculous story, that he's a "disgruntled, fired ex-employee". Anybody who knew that for a fact should've provided by now his full name and former position with the Bobcats - as he challenged them to do.

In my comment of last year, I mentioned I remember very well a commenter who kept posting venomous comments of undisguised racism against the former owner (on whom I certainly agree with you, charlottean) and the current owner of the team. He kept changing nicknames (I remember "George" and "George Shinn").
I posted, in those years, several comments against those blatantly racist comments.
After a while, "George" ceased indeed.
Then, NASTAR (who went through a few nicknames too) began his anti-Jordan crusade (being careful not to refer to race directly).

Evidently, I can't prove this is the same person. It's very likely, though.

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And NASTAR, that's not a matter for lawyers. What was heard from Donald Sterling in that tape (as charlottean mentioned, there was no flat-out denial from him that it is him, there was only what can be best described as a "non-denial denial" from Andy Rouser)
makes any reconciliation between him and the Clippers' players and coaching staff - and, the whole league actually - impossible.

Lawyers can help him, maybe, in dealing with his ex-mistress - not with the team and the league.
He'll have to sell that franchise.

Posted by: Sandy | Apr 28, 2014 1:40:45 AM





Posted by: stfu | Apr 28, 2014 6:02:53 AM

JZ is member of the 5% society, and wears racist madilions to NBA games. Why is he not subject to same?

Posted by: Swish | Apr 28, 2014 8:25:05 AM

I guess freedom of speech in USA is gone. I do not agree with his comments but I am amazed at how the media attacks Americans who say things that are terrible when they should be protecting freedom of speech. Truth in media is gone.

Posted by: Kelso | Apr 28, 2014 8:47:37 AM

NASTAR is not racist. However he is so blinded by his hate of the Bobcats and Jordan, he will take the negative angle on anything they do or say no matter how ridiculous it makes him look. This is a prime example. It is amazing his one man crusade has lasted so long. Talk about a grudge. If you can't move on by now, whatever they did to him obviously was deserved. You can't have someone with his kind of issues working for a company. Can you even imagine what it would have been like working with this person? Unreal.

Posted by: Jim | Apr 28, 2014 8:56:15 AM

Jim, if there was any doubt about NASTAR's racism, he removed it with his comment on Donald Sterling (above, Apr. 27 2014, 10:07 PM).

Posted by: Sandy | Apr 28, 2014 11:15:50 AM

Could he be both a racist and a former Bobcats employee? Not far fetched based on his history of comments. I have seen some ignorant posters on a number of sites and topics. He could be one of the worst. Definitely one of the people here that led to the changing of the Observer comment policy.

Posted by: Jim | Apr 28, 2014 11:25:26 AM

Who the hell gives a rats ass what Jordie says about some west coast NBA owner having a spat with his gf who stole a couple million off him and he is taking the criminal thief to court after she recorded some BS meaningless conversation illegally to get back at him?

America needs to get a life after this inept racist bozo in the WH has ruined everything turning this nation into an Oprah tv gossip show. 2016 cant get here soon enough to get rid of the sorry useless punk.

Has Jordan been gambling heavy on the golf course or hitting the bottle again?

Posted by: freedom of speech rules | Apr 28, 2014 11:51:52 AM

hahahahahahha this dude just called obama racist.

i mean that's good stuff right there. who does he discrimminate against more? his mom or his dad?

the internet just proves how dumb american's really are as a whole. it's like the people that were on twitter getting mad at the kid singing the national anthem in the finals last year. like texas isn't a mexican word to begin with (just mispronounced/misspelled). or talking about marc anthony being mexican when he's puerto rican in heritage (American) but born in New York. like Florida wasn't a spanish colony.

People just can't help themselves but being really really really dumb and proud about it.

in a city where they complain about the mascot and jersey colors, i'm not surprised there are some sterling sympathists around waiting for the opportunity to say some dumb ish. I'm just surprised at how bad some of you are at hiding how dumb it is.

broke A$$ mfers defending a looney old billionaire who his own wife knows is a bad person and said as much in court.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 28, 2014 4:41:01 PM

As another poster said.....

....waaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 28, 2014 10:40:54 PM

"^^^ pro racism now? wow."

Absolute nonsense -- pro due process. If "conduct unbecoming" prevented one from owning an NBA team His Minimumness never would have been approved in the first place.

The point is, morons, just because Sterling is a moron (like most of you) and you don't like his opinions/viewpoint you can't arbitrarily take his team away from him without due process -- and I will be shocked if the league manages to do so.

Now they are likely to sanction his butt to the point where ongoing ownership isn't the least bit palatable, thereby forcing a sale....but I think it's unlikely Adam Silver just takes the team. Remember, Sterling is worth billions, he's 81, he can't take it with him and I think he will put up a fight...it's his right as an American.

For another viewpoint this article written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a good read: http://time.com/79590/donald-sterling-kareem-abdul-jabbar-racism/

The gist of the article is that this is not new news....where was whiny MJ in '06 and '09 when specific race related issues with Sterling came to light? Chasing hookers in Vegas with Tiger Woods?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 29, 2014 12:46:12 PM

"JZ is member of the 5% society, and wears racist madilions to NBA games. Why is he not subject to same?"


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 29, 2014 12:48:47 PM

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