April 27 - The NBA calls racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling ''offensive'' and ''disturbing''. Vanessa Johnston reports.
The NBA is investigating an audio recording of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly making racist comments. The billionaire is heard allegedly telling his girlfriend not to post photos of herself with black people and not to bring African-Americans to Clippers games. It was released by celebrity news site TMZ. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called the comments "offensive" and "disturbing". (SOUNDBITE) (English) NBA COMMISSIONER ADAM SILVER SAYING: "Let me just add that all members of the NBA family should be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present their side of any controversy, which is why I'm not yet prepared to discuss any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling. We will, however, move extraordinarily quickly in our investigation." The recording also mentioned NBA great "Magic" Johnson. SOUNDBITE (English) NBA HALL OF FAMER EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON SAYING: "When these comments came out, it hurt. It didn't hurt me as much personally as it hurt me for all African Americans." President Barack Obama weighed in from Malaysia. SOUNDBITE (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk and that's what happened here." Sterling has owned the Clippers since 1981.