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Clippers owner recorded defending his racism to girlfriend

Clippers owner to girlfriend: Don't bring black people to my games

By
Matt Bradwell
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sits court side with his wife, Rochelle Sterling, at Game 1 in the first round of the Western Conference playoff series against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 19, 2014. (Jim Ruymen/UPI)
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sits court side with his wife, Rochelle Sterling, at Game 1 in the first round of the Western Conference playoff series against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 19, 2014. (Jim Ruymen/UPI) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- Audio of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling itemizing, defending and asking his girlfriend to accommodate his racial prejudices is rapidly circulating after it was posted online Saturday morning.

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.

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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.

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"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."

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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.

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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.

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Sterling has yet to comment on the recording.

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