Magic reacts to Sterling comments; LeBron James ready to boycott

The Donald Sterling soap opera keeps taking more turns than a NASCAR race.

Following the revealing interview by the embattled Clippers owner with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in which he repeatedly said Magic Johnson “should be ashamed of himself” for reasons that included his HIV status and support in the black community, the former Lakers star told Cooper his side of things.

Roll the footage …

The takeaway? Sterling didn’t really apologize and he “should be ashamed” for all the things he’s said about Johnson that landed him a lifetime ban from the NBA.

But Johnson mostly feels sorry for Sterling.

Want more drama? (The NBA does air games on TNT and they claim “We Know Drama.”)

Players Association vice president Roger Mason – a former Miami Heat guard – told CBSSports that the face of the NBA LeBron James is willing to lead a boycott if Sterling remains as owner by the start of next season.

“If it’s not handled by… the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball. I was just in the locker room with LeBron. At the end of the day, you know we have leaders. We have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members…. Leaders of the teams, they’re all saying the same thing, ‘If this man is still in place, we ain’t playing’.”

James did say in April that Sterling didn’t belong in the league. (More footage):

86 comments Add your comment

GJ

May 14th, 2014
8:44 am

The hell with Lebron, since when do the peons run the business, I don’t agree with Sterling running his mouth but I also don’t agree with this boycott business, you don’t play, you don’t get paid as simple as that, these millionaires basketball players don’t know know what side their bread is buttered and some of them are so ignorant that they’re usually go broke after they can’t play the game any longer, so shut the hell up and play if you want to get paid as they are other ways to penalize Sterling, let the NBA do the ax grinding

tmc

May 14th, 2014
8:48 am

I love it. The players run the league anyway, or at least they think they do.
i hope they do boycott… I have boycotted the NBA for the last 10 years.

Daniel Carver fan

May 14th, 2014
8:50 am

Who gives a damn if the NBA strikes? If I want to see a bunch of tattoed thugs running chasing each other, I’ll go over to Memorial Drive. #goodriddance

z

May 14th, 2014
8:51 am

Enter your comments here

zeke

May 14th, 2014
8:52 am

Let them boycott and do not pay them a penny!

sansho1

May 14th, 2014
8:52 am

It’s the players’ actions that have driven the league’s reaction all along, though. The threat of an immediate boycott behind the scenes was the reason Sterling got banned for life instead of a lesser punishment. This is them saying they’re still paying attention and are ready to follow through. And since they are both the product and the labor, the league must listen.

TD

May 14th, 2014
8:53 am

What Sterling said on the recording is wrong and shameful and these type of belief and behavior has no place in America or anywhere for that matter. I agree with the lifetime ban and removal from all NBA related activities with the league and/or his team. However, we do live in a capitalist society and I don’t agree that anyone or any group (Government, association, league, etc.) should be able to dictate what anyone has an investment in or control over. That is as wrong as Sterling’s racist behavior.

El Stinko

May 14th, 2014
8:53 am

We need the NBA because without it there will be more thugs on the street.

El Stinko

May 14th, 2014
8:55 am

I am sure that the NBA has a policy on how the owners should act and what they shouldn’t say. They may be able to make him sell the team as well but they sure should not be able to tell him who he has to sell it to.

Dawg69

May 14th, 2014
8:59 am

Anything you say on this subject is the wrong thing. You’ll be tarred and feathered no matter what you say. It’s best just to stay out of the middle of this.

coj

May 14th, 2014
9:02 am

It is quite revealing and hypocritical of those who criticize Magic Johnson when many men do the same thing before they marry. And many contract diseases like herpes, too. He was just unfortunate to have contracted HIV from one of his sexual partners.

He takes the same kinds of drugs that are available to other HIV patients. Many people have lived with HIV even longer than Johnson. Just because you have HIV doesn’t mean you have AIDS. As long as his treatment keeps the virus dormant from developing into AIDS, he can lead a productive and healthy life.

jaye rue perot

May 14th, 2014
9:07 am

LOL! pink people are soooo funny. I love it when they blow a gasket. We of superior minds KNOW the “why” and “what for” of their discontent. enjoy your minority status. ALL HAIL KING OBAMA!!!! LOL!

BENGHAZI!

CF

May 14th, 2014
9:15 am

Who cares what these monkeys do. Let them all go bankrupt.

JOHN

May 14th, 2014
9:18 am

majic johnson a great ball player not a great man,
animals act better. sterling so right………….
USA USA USA USA…………………………….
THUGS RUN BASKETBAL AND COUNTRY

tmc

May 14th, 2014
9:23 am

coj- fyi, Magic was married when he was sleeping with many women.
slight difference.

Just observing

May 14th, 2014
9:25 am

I see why you all use nickname, I would be ashamed to post this racist crap too. Thugs & monkeys…don’t be cowards, you would not be make these comments if you were around Magic, Lebron, or any minority.

Peon

May 14th, 2014
9:34 am

The peons are the business, no peon no revenue, no revenue no Donald Sterling

Peon

May 14th, 2014
9:36 am

Just read some of these post, we have a lot of keyboard thugs on here with electronic courage.

Buford'78

May 14th, 2014
9:36 am

If Sterling sold the Clippers to Micheal Sam then they would all be Happy, Happy, Happy.

romeo

May 14th, 2014
9:58 am

Look at these comments this is the whole problem right here. White people can not stand the fact that black people have power and don’t care what they think of them. I am not happy this white man is losing his basketball team. I really could care less but I know how much it means to theses fools on here so I’m glad you have to suffer through it. I am the biggest Magic Johnson fan in this world in fact in my opinion he is the best player to ever live.Magic had his reasons for doing this interview that is his right. I had no problem with it. Magic is a very wealthy man as well . Yes Magi has aids but what does that have to do with his opinion f this man?

NYC Transplant

May 14th, 2014
10:00 am

If you don’t like the NBA or the players, then don’t watch! Clearly many of you have issues like Donald Sterling with people of color. Get over yourselves, thank God you are in the minority!!!!!

Abo

May 14th, 2014
10:01 am

The NBA would be stupid to force the Sterlings to sell immediately. The Sterlings will do ANYTHING to defer the sale of the team until after Donald Sterling’s death. Why? Because it will save them nearly $150,000,000 in capital gains tax. Sterling bought the team for $12.5 million–his tax basis. The team is valued at roughly $800,000,000. The capital gains rate is 15%, along with the 3.8% Obamacare tax on capital gains incurred by taxpayers with an AGI above 250,000. The Sterlings can avoid this 18.8% tax if the franchise is given a “stepped-up” basis from a transfer by reason of death of the grantor, Donald Sterling.

The Sterlings can tie up the forced sale in both divorce and antitrust litigation for YEARS. And as long as it would cost them less than $150,000,000 in attorneys fees, it is the right financial move for them. Donald Sterling is 80 and has dementia. Death seems to be knocking on his doorstep. The NBA should just wait it out, or make the Sterlings sign a conditional sales contract requiring them to sell the team upon Donald Sterling’s death. Any other strategy would waste tens of millions of dollars for very little real benefit to the league.

Daba

May 14th, 2014
10:02 am

Its amazing how people can hide behind a computer and make racist remarks. You would never see them go into minority neighborhood and say anything like that. I Love Internet Thugs !!

Daba

May 14th, 2014
10:04 am

Oh and by the way if any of you internet thugs want to bring it I have no problem revealing my name and meeting you and see if you are as tough as you sound. #Real thug

Funny dude watching...

May 14th, 2014
10:06 am

Its always funny to watch those that do not understand big business try to speak about something that is soooooo far over their collective heads…. ( talking about you TD)… The league and the owners have bylaws that spell out the terms of ownership… He and his team are subject to those terms.. He can be forced to divest his interest in the team because his continued ownership causes harm to the REST OF THE OWNERS!!!! His franchise can be taken away just like the owner of your local Burger King will have his franchise taken away if he decides that he wants to change the color scheme or start selling pizza instead of just burgers…… Take the time to do a little reading…Its fundamental :)

william

May 14th, 2014
10:08 am

all you pu88y a**es if you got so much courage and want to call people thugs the next time you see a guy with a tattoo let him know how you feel and if you don’t watch don’t comment, why give a damn

Jim

May 14th, 2014
10:13 am

They can’t force Sterling to sell. Bunch of NBA idiots.

Newt

May 14th, 2014
10:13 am

Too bad all the people who claim they have boycotted the NBA, couldn’t also boycott commenting on the NBA.

ted Greenstone

May 14th, 2014
10:13 am

The whole league, like the rest of pro sports, is a disgrace and should be disbanded. Im not sure who is more sickening or the bigger idiots. The players, the owners, or the fans.

jmarable

May 14th, 2014
10:17 am

why are we all so racist when we are made from the same cloth same dirt ,cut me cut u, both our blood is red . We live and die the same way. if aliens came down to take over our human civilization would we band 2gether and be brothers then. love a little life’s to short u only live once just once

heather

May 14th, 2014
10:38 am

The comment that was made by Sterling was a private conversation period. I know everyone weather you are black or white has made some sort of racist comments!! Trust me some of you on here that respond to the stupid comments make yourself look even worse by commenting what you do! I believe we all have freedom of speech weather you like what the person has to say or not its still there freedom to say whatever they want!! The only question I have to some of you is, if you dont like the “N” word why do you all call yourselves that?? I myself think that what he said was wrong but I know that I have heard alot worse then this. So why go to the extreme’s of boycott’s, banning over a private conversation?

Daisy Cook

May 14th, 2014
10:42 am

Let’s persecute an 80 year old, senile old man for running his mouth, but let’s ignore that:
46% of NBA playes are convicted felons.
Google “NBA domestice violence” and “NBA players with most babies with most women” and see what turns up.

heather

May 14th, 2014
10:47 am

But the point to make on top of that, is that is there personal life and that does not effect how they play or handle their career. Just like what Sterling said that is his personal life his personal thoughts and that did not effect any way what so ever on how he handled his team! So why punish someone for that?

Dwayne

May 14th, 2014
10:48 am

I hate everyone!!!

heather

May 14th, 2014
10:51 am

And why is Mr. James even getting into this he doesnt play for the Clippers so how does this even effect him? Go ahead and boycott, then you have broke your contract with the NBA so give us our money back and lets see how fast they end there little Boycott!!

Dawg Fan 2

May 14th, 2014
10:57 am

Who cares what LeBron says, please boycott. I would rather watch paint dry than watch basketball.

Dwayne

May 14th, 2014
11:00 am

I am glad that there are sports in America. It gives a lot of people a chance to make big bucks. It provides jobs for a lot of people outside of playing the sport. Anyone that gets mad because a minority makes big money is stupid. Anyone who lets an 80 year old wind bag hurt their feelings is stupid too. People give people 2, 3, 4 ,5 chances in life all the time. Right? I can give quite a few racist remarks from well known people and I can bet that you could not tell the color of their skin by the remark.

warfalcon

May 14th, 2014
11:01 am

This has gone on for centuries where the RICH uses the poor Blacks and the poor Whites against each other to create RACIAMS and HATE to hide what they[ RICH ] are really doing, taking all money and leaving the rest for the POOR to fight over. The only HATE there should BE IS THE POOR AGAINST THE RICH .[any race can have a RICH person and they all get along as long as they can pit the POOR BLACK and the POOR WHITE against one another, just like BLOG ] So lets keep it with your comments of HATE and RACIAMS because there only two RACES the RICH and the POOR and RICH will always WIN,YOU big dummies.

The Ugly Truth

May 14th, 2014
11:02 am

Mr. Sterling (through a secret tape) spoke the thoughts of a lot of folks – true or not – he spoke what many believe should not be spoken in mixed company – no pun intended.

The following take aways from this whole ugly mess is:

1. Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion – even if you don’t agree.
2. Because Mr. Sterling’s comments were made public – the NBA has to do “something” or else there would be a perception that they (NBA) agree or support Mr. Sterling’s views – truth be told many of th owners do believe or agree with Mr. Sterlings views on race in America.
3. Be careful what you say and who you say it to…you just might be “Caught on Tape.”
4. Sadly – it seems we as Americans will never have an honest dialogue on race relations – because most Americans will not be honest about their own views – so it’s “business as usual.”

Oh well… Mr. Sterling will come out smelling like a rose either way – he is swimming in CASH.

Jerome Noble

May 14th, 2014
11:03 am

In my opinion on this subject matter, Donald Sterling should simply resign from the NBA and sell the LA Clippers NBA organization. Sterling appears to be a suffering with a mental disorder and sickness toward African-Americans, which should not be tolerated by NBA officials, other NBA team owners, NBA players, and the public in general. If Sterling and his immediate family refuse to go away, then I am in full support of an all African-American (including myself) boycott of all future business transactions, purchases of NBA game tickets, activities and events relating to the NBA’s LA Clippers! Nothing more needs to be said.

Andy

May 14th, 2014
11:07 am

The NBA will lose in court so there’s nothing to see here. Run along now.

The Ugly Truth

May 14th, 2014
11:08 am

@ walfalcon

You are 100% correct.

I’ve always said – we are moving to a new phase – it’s not about race – it’s about CLASS folks.

Does not matter what color you are -you can get away with murder even if you’re black (i.e. OJ Simpson) just as long a you have deep pockets.

It trully is Rich versus Poor…. all you have to do is look at the two majority political parities in our society.

DEMS are for the poor man

REPUBs are for the rich man

But the REPUBs know there are not enough “RICH MEN” in America to vote them into Power so they use the “CONSERVATIVE” values mantra – get more votes….oh DEMS do the same by offering all kind of entitlment programs…

But bottom line it truly is RICH vs POOR….

Legal System

May 14th, 2014
11:14 am

I don’t like what he said either. You have to respect and understand that we have a legal system here. This isn’t going to end well. Be careful with precedent set here as well. Just because you don’t like what an owner says, you can’t force him to sell the team.

Kenny D

May 14th, 2014
11:14 am

John and a few more sound like racist THUGS. You probaby didn’t know a THUG can be White as well. Help these racist people
…….. Always a few in the bunch. You need HELP ! Creeps like you will always hide behind keyboards.

heather

May 14th, 2014
11:22 am

It has been said that he has been racist for years and now that its made public something needs to be done but before it was made public it didnt have any effect, did his way of being a team owner change all of a sudden or just the opinion of the African American’s are what make this a bigger deal?

Montel

May 14th, 2014
11:22 am

The league need to do what Lebron say and sell the team to an African American owner like oprah or jay z–if not, he will tell the African American players to gon on strike — he tired of rich white owners running this plantation system

A2

May 14th, 2014
11:28 am

Who’s in charge of this AJC blog?

How can you allow this type of flaming/trolling blog comments to be on your website?

This blog should be completely shut down.

BOYCOTT THIS BLOG!!!!!!

How about that?

Diane

May 14th, 2014
11:33 am

Daisy Cook – please stop making up statistics to justify your prejudices.

ScubaSteve

May 14th, 2014
11:37 am

Guys, the NBA can’t force him to sell his team…but they sure as hell can say “Sure, keep the Clippers — just find another league to play in.” Completely legal and would bankrupt Sterling. No matter how you slice it, the NBA can, should, and will force him out.

Furious Styles

May 14th, 2014
11:46 am

Be MAD! Sterling is toast! Who’s NEXT! Come on somebody set to the front…Hahahaha