One of the many things I find fascinating about the controversy over racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is how some people are acting like Sterling being a racist jerk-face is something new. It’s not. Of all the people now pretending to be surprised by the racist allegations about Sterling, none has been more vocal than Clippers coach and VP of basketball operations, Doc Rivers.
From Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports:
Rivers, who signed a three-year, $21 million contract last summer to become the Clippers coach and vice president of basketball operations, said he’s unsure whether he’ll return to the team if Sterling remains owner.
“I don’t want to answer that question,” Rivers said. “I don’t know. This just happened.”
No, it didn’t.
The world has known for a long time that Donald Sterling was a racist asshat. There was even an extensive article on Sterling and what a terrible human being he is, in the June 1, 2009, issue of ESPN The Magazine. I can’t be the only person who remembers reading it. In the article, among other things, it reports how Sterling made racially disparaging comments about black and Hispanic tenants living in his buildings.
Doc Rivers is an intelligent man. Before agreeing to work for Donald Sterling, he should have found out the type of person he was going to be working for. It’s not like he had to take the Clippers job, technically he was still under contract with the Boston Celtics.
If Rivers doesn’t want to work for a racist douchebag, he should have just honored his contract with the Celtics.
Racist slumlord Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has been captured on an audio recording talking to V. Stiviano, his girlfriend, about a photo she posted on the Instagram showing her with NBA Hall of Fame player and Lakers great Magic Johnson. Sterling had a problem with the photo because Johnson is a man of color, and he didn’t like Stiviano broadcasting that she associates with black people, even though, ironically, she is of black and Hispanic heritage.
I have to wonder if Sterling and Stiviano were actually in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship in the classical sense. In the audio, Sterling can be heard telling Stiviano that he doesn’t care if she has sex with Magic Johnson, he just doesn’t want her posting pictures of Johnson on the Instagram or bringing him to Clippers games. Considering that Johnson has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, you’d think he wouldn’t want his girlfriend, someone you would assume he has a sexual relationship with, exposing herself to HIV.
Most men would have a problem with their girlfriend having sex with anyone, let alone someone who has HIV.
It’s pretty obvious that V. Stiviano recorded the conversation. It sounded like she knew they were being recorded. She’s currently being used by Rochelle Sterling, the wife of Donald Sterling, for sexually seducing Donald so that he would shower her with money and expensive gifts. I think Stiviano recorded this conversation and then her lawyers probably gave it to TMZ. If Stiviano recorded this conversation with Donald Sterling, I’m sure she also recorded others.
I can’t wait to hear them.
Update: Deadspin has acquired a longer version of the audio between Sterling and Stiviano.