Updated at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Magic Johnson vowed never to attend another Los Angeles Clippers game as long as Donald Sterling is the owner after an audio recording on TMZ captured the owner urging his girlfriend to stop bringing blacks to games and to delete an Instagram photo she posted in which she posed with the Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer.
TMZ reported this morning that Clippers owner Donald Sterling doesn’t want me or other African-Americans to come to Clippers games.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 26, 2014
.@cjbycookie and I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 26, 2014
I feel sorry for my friends Coach Doc Rivers and Chris Paul that they have to work for a man that feels that way about African Americans.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 26, 2014
Later in the day, Johnson called Clippers Coach Doc Rivers.
An hour ago, @MagicJohnson called Doc Rivers to offer support, encourage Clips to focus on hoops, and let Magic deal with Sterling— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) April 26, 2014
The NBA promised to look into the remarks by Sterling and it’s a challenge for Adam Silver, the man who replaced David Stern as commissioner this winter.
LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 26, 2014
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