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SAN FRANCISCO -- Anger, frustration and calls for action echoed around
the NBA on Saturday after an audio recording surfaced of a man
identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his
girlfriend not to bring black people to games. Womens Ray Nitschke Jersey .
Everybody except for the embattled Clippers owner, who has a
decades-long history of alleged discrimination and offensive behaviour,
seemed to have a response.
The league said it was investigating the recording posted on TMZs
website, calling the comments "disturbing and offensive."
President Barack Obama, asked to respond at a news conference with
Malaysias prime minister during Obamas visit to the country Sunday,
called the reported remarks "incredibly offensive racist statements."
"I dont think I have to interpret those statements for you, they kind of
speak for themselves," Obama said. "When ignorant folks want to
advertise their ignorance, you dont really have to do anything. You just
let them talk. And thats what happened here."
Obama also expressed confidence the NBA would address the situation, and
said the United States still wrestles with "the legacy of race and
slavery and segregation."
"Obviously, the NBA is a league that is beloved by fans all across the
country," Obama said. "Its got an awful lot of African-American players.
Its steeped in African-American culture. And, I suspect that the NBA is
going to be deeply concerned in resolving this."
Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, a target of Sterlings remarks, said
he wouldnt attend Clippers games as long as Sterling was the owner.
Miami Heat star LeBron James asked new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to
take aggressive measures, saying "there is no room for Donald Sterling
in our league."
"Obviously, if the reports are true, its unacceptable in our league,"
James said. "It doesnt matter, white, black or Hispanic -- all across
the races its unacceptable. As the commissioner of our league, they have
to make a stand. They have to be very aggressive with it. I dont know
what it will be, but we cant have that in our league."
Silver spoke Saturday night in Memphis, Tenn., before the Grizzlies game
against Oklahoma City, repeating that the league finds the audio tape
"disturbing and offensive" and that Sterling agreed to not attend the
Clippers game Sunday at Golden State.
"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 Im
not yet prepared to discuss any potential sanctions against Donald
Sterling," Silver said. "We will, however, move extraordinarily quickly
in our investigation."
Silver said the NBA needs to confirm authenticity of the audio tape and
interview both Sterling and the woman in the recording. The Clippers
will be back in Los Angeles for Game 5 on Tuesday night.
"We do hope to have this wrapped up in the next few days," Silver said.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said players discussed boycotting Game 4 of
their first-round playoff series during a 45-minute team meeting but
quickly decided against it.
"I think the biggest statement we can make as men, not as black men, as
men, is to stick together and show how strong we are as a group," Rivers
said. "Not splinter. Not walk. Its easy to protest. The protest will be
in our play."
Clippers President Andy Roeser said in a statement that the team did not
know if the tape is legitimate or has been altered. He said the woman
on the tape, identified by TMZ as V. Stiviano, "is the defendant in a
lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more
than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would get even."
Roeser also said the recording does not reflect Sterlings beliefs. He
added that Sterling is "upset and apologizes for sentiments attributed
to him" about Johnson, whom he called Sterlings friend.
In the recording posted on TMZ, the man questions his girlfriends
association with minorities. TMZ reported Stiviano, who is of black and
Mexican descent, posted a picture of herself with Johnson on Instagram
-- which has since been removed.
The man asked Stiviano not to broadcast her association with black
people or bring black people to games. The man specifically mentioned
Johnson on the recording, saying "dont bring him to my games, OK?"
"I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is
the owner," Johnson responded on Twitter. He also said the alleged
comments are "a black eye for the NBA" and said he felt bad that friends
such as Rivers and Clippers point guard Chris Paul had to work for
Paul released a statement through the players union that said "this is a
very serious issue which we will address aggressively." He also said
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star guard who is the
chairman of a search committee to find a new director for the union,
would take a leading role to help players address the matter.
Paul and Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin declined further
comment on the issue after the teams practice at the University of San
Francisco. Other players were not made available as Rivers said he would
speak for the team.
"A lot of guys voiced their opinions. None of them were happy about it,"
Rivers said. "This was a situation where were trying to go after
something very important for us, something that weve all dreamed about
all our childhoods. Donald or anyone else had nothing to do with that
dream, and were not going to let anything get in the way of those
On TNTs halftime studio show Saturday, host Charles Barkley said "this
is the first test of Adam Silver." He said Silver had to "suspend him
and fine him immediately."
In Dallas, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said "I have plenty of opinions,
just not going to share them. He fended off several inquiries before
saying: "Obviously, if any business or entrepreneur says or does things
that arent congruent with what the organization is trying to convey,
thats a problem. But its not my problem."
Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who played for the Clippers from 1992-94,
said of Sterlings comments: "My feeling would be the same, no matter if I
was coaching, playing or a fan. Theres no place for it."
Jacky Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Rev. Al Sharptons National Action
Network, said the organization planned a protest outside Game 5 of the
Clippers-Warriors series Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
Sterling, a real estate owner, bought the Clippers in 1981. He is the
longest-tenured owner in the NBA since Lakers owner Jerry Buss died last
Sterling has been frequently criticized for his frugal operation of the
Clippers, although in recent years he has spent heavily to add stars
such as Paul and Rivers, who is in his first year as coach. Sterling
also has been involved in several lawsuits over the years, including
ones with accusations of discrimination.
In November 2009, Sterling agreed to pay $2.73 million to settle
allegations by the government that he refused to rent apartments to
Hispanics and blacks and to families with children. The Justice
Department sued Sterling in August 2006 for allegations of housing
discrimination in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles.
In March 2011, Sterling won a lawsuit against former Clippers general
manager Elgin Baylor when a jury rejected the Hall of Famers claim of
age discrimination and harassment. Baylor, who was 76 at the time, had
sought about $2 million after claiming he was forced out of the job he
had held for 22 years. The team said Baylor left on his own and a jury
awarded him nothing.
Sterling is a courtside fixture at Clippers home games. But he rarely
visits the teams locker room at Staples Center, although he made an
appearance in December 2012 after the Clippers won their 11th straight
game, when he led an awkward locker room cheer.

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Hi Kerry, I enjoy reading your column - hope you keep it up!
In the final seconds of the third period of the Winnipeg/Montreal game,
Brendan Gallagher looked like he was attempting to get back on-side.
However, as he was starting to skate back, Al Montoya, Zach Bogosian and
Jacob Trouba blatantly interfered with his progress.
If the referee wasnt around, I would have thought that he just missed
it. However, this all enfolded in front of a referee. It seemed the ref
either purposely wanted the game to be over, sadistically wanted
Gallagher to get roughed up, or favoured the Jets to win! Please explain
why it wasnt a penalty and what (if any) you would have done
Regards, Lee Hi Lee:
I can assure you that none of the three assertions you made were even
remotely part of the referees mindset or affected his ultimate decision
not to assess a penalty against the Jets. Instead, Brendan Gallagher
engaged in a losing battle of will with the referee when he attempted to
draw a penalty by embellishing the contact with Zach Bogosian (twice)
and Al Montoya. Once a referee suspects a player is guilty of
embellishing he does not want to be fooled into calling a weak penalty
as a result of any theatrical performance.
The battle lines were pretty much drawn at that point when Jacob Trouba
came off the Winnipeg bench on a change with Tobias Enstrom. Troubas
most direct route to assume his right defense position from the Jets
bench placed him on a collision course with Gallagher, who had just
picked himself up off the ice after turning on Bogosians stick, reaching
his hand to the rafters and doing a reverse fall onto his back! No
penalty call was forthcoming at that point.
I would have judged the encounters with Bogosian and Montoya no
differently than the referee, based on the embellishment that was first
initiated by Gallagher behind the Jets net. The next obvious question
you will ask is if the referee deemed there was embellishment, then why
not assess offsetting penalties?  With under a minute to play and the
puck dumped down the icce most referees would prefer to let the minor
skirmish quickly play itself out and not affect the manpower on the ice
when there was no immediate and direct bearing on the play. Aaron Rodgers Jersey.
That changed in my judgment however, once Jacob Trouba knocked Gallagher
to the ice with a slightly buried shoulder and stick placed across the
body of the Canadiens pin-ball forward. With the puck in the neutral
zone Trouba needed to give way to Gallagher and pass behind the Montreal
player to allow him unimpeded exit from the Jets end zone no
differently than forward giving way to a D-man backing up at the blue
line. That contact by Trouba was deserving of an interference penalty.
The previous embellishments clearly witnessed by the referee would
certainly cause some doubt as to the legitimacy of any foul committed
against Brendan Gallagher so the refs arm remained down.
I ask you to watch the play as objectively as possible and freeze-frame
the action at key moments during the battles that took place. You should
see Gallaghers hands initiate contact with Bogosian behind the net and
the changing body posture of both players throughout the engagement. The
final shove by Bogosian should not have caused the net to be pushed in
an excessively tipped forward position by Gallagher. During and
immediately following each player confrontation Brendan Gallagher made
direct eye contact with the referee, including verbal appeals for a
penalty call. It became a failed mission.
Brendan Gallagher had a much more direct route available to him to exit
the Jets end zone. He chose a path that ultimately led him into contact
with Al Montoya and deep within the goal crease. Following the Montoya
elbow push, Gallagher threw his head back excessively and immediately
looked at the referee this time and on two more subsequent occasions
hoping to see a raised arm. Gallaghers unnatural fall and look back at
the ref after tripping over Bogosians stick completed the trifecta!
Players that embellish on a consistent basis run the risk of not
receiving the benefit of the doubt when they are legitimately fouled.
Brendan Gallagher is too effective and too good a player to develop that
unwanted reputation from the refs.   

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