The world has known for a long time that Donald Sterling is a racist. However, today, we all got to hear just how messed up Sterling is with our own ears.
On Friday night, TMZ released an audio clip of a conversation Sterling had with his girlfriend, who, ironically, is half black and half Mexican.
In the clip, Sterling appears to be all over the place, though he’s consistent while making it clear to his girlfriend that he doesn’t want black people – including Magic Johnson – to go to his games.
Magic was apparently in a photo at a recent Clippers game that Sterling’s girlfriend posted to her Instagram account. Judging by the recording, Sterling then received a phone call from someone who informed him of the photo. This led to the Clippers owner then ranting to his girlfriend and ultimately telling her not to bring black people to his games anymore.
“You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on [Instagram] and not to bring them to my games,” Sterling says in the recording. “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.”
“It’s a shame that Donald Sterling feels that way about African-Americans,” Johnson later told TMZ when asked for his reaction to the recording. “He has a team full of amazing African-American basketball players that are working to bring a championship to Clippers fans. The Clippers also have a strong minority fan base.”
Sterling has owned the Clippers 1981 and is now the longest tenured owner in the league following Dr. Jerry Buss’ passing last year.