Listen to the Shocking Audio That Shows LA Clippers Owner Is a Racist Idiot

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
April 26 2014 1:51 PM

Listen to the Shocking Audio That Shows LA Clippers Owner Is a Racist Idiot

169725781-team-owner-donald-sterling-of-the-los-angeles-clippers
Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers watches an NBA game alongside V. Stiviano on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

It’s hardly news that Donald Sterling is a racist. In fact, Deadspin has helpfully compiled a selection of statements to help everyone “grasp how loathsome the Los Angeles Clippers owner's bigotry is” and just how much his racist views have shaped his personal and professional lives. Despite all this previous evidence of his loathsome views though, the audio that TMZ released early Saturday is still shocking. In the nine-minute-long recording of a conversation that apparently took place on April 9, Sterling harshly criticizes his girlfriend—who, by the way, is black and Mexican—for posting pictures of herself with black people on her Instagram account. Furthermore, he insists she can’t bring black people to his team’s games, including Magic Johnson. The argument apparently started because his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, posted a photo with Johnson on her Instagram account a few weeks ago.

The recording is worth a full listen to get the full picutre of just how awful this guy’s views are, but there are several highlights—or more like lowlights. "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people," he tells his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, at one point. "Do you have to?" Stiviano then asks Sterling whether he wants her to hate black people. He insists she’s twisting his words: “I want you to love them—privately … But why publicize it on the Instagram and why bring it to my games?” At one point, Sterling says “I love the black people” and then goes on to insist that “I love everybody.”

Advertisement

Stiviano says she took a picture with Johnson because she admires him. Sterling responds that she’s right to admire him, but why do it so publicly? “You can do anything,” he says, going on to say she's free to have sex with him if she wants. “But don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” Johnson is quite calm when TMZ asks for his reaction: “It’s a shame that Donald Sterling feels that way about African-Americans.”

SB Nation says the audio is the last straw and the NBA must do something about “the worst human being who owns a major sports franchise.” It’s time for the NBA to say that “enough is enough and make it clear that owners will be held to the same damn standard applied to players and coaches and GMs.” More importantly though, other owners have to make sure they make it clear to all NBA fans and players that this type of behavior will not be condoned.

Read more about Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

TODAY IN SLATE

History

Slate Plus Early Read: The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Transparent Is the Fall’s Only Great New Show

The XX Factor

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada

Now, journalists can't even say her name.

Doublex

Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

  News & Politics
History
Sept. 29 2014 11:45 PM The Self-Made Man The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
  Life
Dear Prudence
Sept. 30 2014 6:00 AM Drive-By Bounty Prudie advises a woman whose boyfriend demands she flash truckers on the highway.
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:36 AM Almost Humane What sci-fi can teach us about our treatment of prisoners of war.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath The Methane Lakes of Titan?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.