Ted Leonsis talks about Donald Sterling without mentioning Donald Sterling

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Wizards owner Ted Leonsis made a couple of statements about haters Sunday. He wore a No. 42 Nene jersey as he sat courtside for Game 4, showing solidarity for the Wizards forward who was suspended after an altercation with Jimmy Butler in Game 3. He also made a brief statement on his blog one day after an audio recording of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly making racist remarks to his girlfriend was posted to TMZ.

Via Ted’s Take:

As I have stated, there should be zero tolerance for hatemongering.

Hate speech demonstrates an ignorance that is unacceptable, and I implore all of us to help eliminate any form of discrimination.

I have full confidence that Commissioner Silver will conduct a thorough investigation and act accordingly upon his findings.

Leonsis, who doesn’t mention Sterling by name, made a similar statement after Capitals forward Joel Ward was the target of racist tweets following his game-winning goal in Game 7 of Washington’s 2012 first round playoff series against Boston.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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