On the recording, obtained by TMZ, Sterling can be heard arguing with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, about her social association with minorities, specifically African Americans. Stiviano notes she is black and Mexican.
In the course of the nearly ten-minute recording, Sterling, who is married, repeatedly asks that Stiviano cease publicly associating with minorities, specifically "broadcasting" her associations on social media, stating that it bothers him and creates professional problems.
Notably, Sterling said he has no problem with Stiviano having sex with black men, provided she never be publicly seen with any African Americans and not enable their presence at Clippers home games. Even Magic Johnson, with whom she had recently taken a photo.
"You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want,” Sterling said. “The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games." Later in the tape, when asked about a photo Stiviano took with Magic Johnson and posted to Instagram, Sterling replies, "don't put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games."
Stiviano said that she doesn't personally know Johnson, and took the photo with him because she admired him.
In response, Johnson tweeted that he won't be attending Clippers games as long Sterling remains the owner.
.@cjbycookie and I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 26, 2014
Sterling has a history of problems with race relations, having twice been sued by the federal government for allegedly taking race into consideration when choosing housing tenants and once by former Clippers executive and Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor.
Sterling has yet to comment on the recording.