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

sansho1

May 14th, 2014
11:46 am

Of course they can force him to sell. There are by-laws to owning an NBA franchise, and he violated them. It’s not like forcing him to sell his car — he’s agreed to the rules of ownership, included among which is a provision not to materially harm the common product.

Darn Right He Said It

May 14th, 2014
11:48 am

I’d have respect for Sterling if he stood up and owned his whiny ramblings like a grown man. He should have been on camera the very next day taking ownership. Let the chips fall where they may. He’s old enough and rich enough to handle it. All you folks that are defending him (bless your hearts) can’t even get within one scintilla to pick the lint off of his coat.

ScubaSteve

May 14th, 2014
11:51 am

Wouldn’t his attorney likely argue that the details of this conversation (being private, secretly taped, etc.) preclude him from having violated that bylaw? Would his lawyers be successful in that argument (or similar ones)?

Not being a wise arse — I’m genuinely curious to see how they’d play this one.

Insider

May 14th, 2014
11:53 am

Big deal about nothing! Most of the players are racists!

Margaret

May 14th, 2014
12:10 pm

The AJC should do a better job of filtering out these racist comments. Thugs and monkeys?

Iluvnutella

May 14th, 2014
12:17 pm

LOL @ Lebron and Magic…..they don’t even have the common sense to know who/what they are dealing with. Real class wouldn’t have responded to a sick old mans ramblings………….ut then gain, this IS Lebron and Magic.

A2

May 14th, 2014
12:40 pm

Because of Magic Johnson

…………..the Magic Johnson Foundation was created to help educate people about HIV/AIDS
…………..millions of people are now getting tested for HIV
…………..people with the HIV disease have hope and are living long productive lives with medication
…………..the idea of HIV/AIDS being just a homosexual disease was put to rest
…………..people living with HIV/AIDS are no longer ostracize by society
…………..thousands of people living in urban areas like Detroit, Washington, D.C, Harlem and Crenshaw have employment at one of the 125 Starbucks that he owns

Courtesy from a more EDUCATED source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2014/05/13/what-donald-sterling-gets-wrong-about-magic-johnson-hiv-and-history/

Haaa !!!!

May 14th, 2014
12:44 pm

I agree that Sterling certainly comes across as a racist, which is certainly a backward outlook but not against the law.
My opinion is that players play and leagues run the league. The players will stand tough until the majority of them, who don’t have LeBron’s million dollar endorsement deals, miss a check or two plus fines. Then they’ll be begging to get back on the court.
As an aside, did anyone else see the article on Yahoo about Michael Jordan’s admission that until a few years ago, he was ‘against all whites’? I didn’t think so, it didn’t get much coverage as one would expect.

sailor12

May 14th, 2014
12:52 pm

Most of these comments about the players just proves that these people are just ignorant and don’t have a clue.

RAY

May 14th, 2014
12:58 pm

Enter your comments here Heather you are soooo right….some of these comments are so stupid…ie….IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE N-WORD, WHY DO ALL OF YOU CALL YOURSELVES THAT……so every black person you know uses the n-word, that’s like saying every white person I know is a racist, an as a black person I don’t use the word, and most of the black people I know don’t either….yes the word is used by some….BUT ALL BLACKS DO NOT, REPEAT DO NOT USE THAT WORD!!!!!

Steven Ashmore

May 14th, 2014
1:05 pm

Let the law of the league and the land prevail. Market forces will dictate who stays, who plays and who pays. There is a lot of tough talk in this forum from all the peanuts in the gallery.

Vampire Bill

May 14th, 2014
1:07 pm

It bothers me that Sterling is being prosecuted for having what was a private conversation between two consenting adults. I’m sure it was taped in secret which should be illegal. Do you think maybe it was a setup? Since when is a US citizen not allowed to express their opinion in private?

As far as racial remarks are concerned, although offensive I thought it was over all pretty tame. No use of the N word, or even any swearing at all. Imagine if they taped the locker room conversations of the NBA players discussing this issue? Now that would be epic racism.

I’m not really defending Sterling, He should of used better judgement but just like racism in general there are two sides to every story.

A2

May 14th, 2014
1:10 pm

RAY, sailor12, Margaret,

I agree with you.

Most these “people” on the AJC blogs are just “trolls”. I think they’re purposefully “planted” on these types of blogs to get a reaction and to give the blog a tread.

I find it better to ignore the trolls

partlycloudy

May 14th, 2014
1:11 pm

I am upset that the bigot is Jewish. But he’s still a bigot. So many Jews have been a big party of the civil rights movement over the years, and especially those who died in Mississippi. Maybe Sterling was adopted? or switched at birth?

Mocha Jones

May 14th, 2014
1:19 pm

We gonna strip all white folks of their money and calling them Racist is the way to get it done. The media loves helping out us minorities become the majority and achieve the ultimate reparations in The Browning of America. We takin over America.

STFU Racist White Folks. We laughing all the way to the Bank.

Hahahahahahaha!

Alrighty then...

May 14th, 2014
1:21 pm

MostlySunny

May 14th, 2014
1:22 pm

He’s Jewish and I hate that we are having to turn on one of our own Democratic voters. Most of us are registered Republicans in name only so that we can vote in the Republican primary and throw the race to a lesser candidate. Thats how we roll …..

Alrighty then...

May 14th, 2014
1:24 pm

@Daniel Carver fan just an FYI “thugs” come on all shapes sizes and COLOR…

Alrighty then...

May 14th, 2014
1:25 pm

Who cares if they boycott, most of them whine to much anyways to be getting paid so much… boycott without pay!

V.S.

May 14th, 2014
1:27 pm

Our goal has always been to get Magic a team of his own. I sucked money from Sterling and got him to talk and now Magic owes me big time. I can’t wait for us all to see how he rewards me.

Life is good in America.

Ron

May 14th, 2014
1:27 pm

Alrighty then...

May 14th, 2014
1:32 pm

@RON you are the man of the hour… NOT! Go stand in the corner with your nose touching it!

@ A2

May 14th, 2014
1:36 pm

Magic Johnson would have never been philanthropic with all those organizations if he had not contracted HIV. All you did was prove that Magic Johnson is a rich hypocrite throwing money towards a cause that could eventually help HIM. That for the lengthy list of just how far he will go to make him self seem so caring towards others with AIDS / HIV.

The Race Card is being so overplayed and worn out you are not going to have it when someone really needs it. You reap what you sow. Karma.

Alrighty then...

May 14th, 2014
1:38 pm

I am a T H U G.

Alrighty then...

May 14th, 2014
1:40 pm

I am a Poor Troll T H U G

Frank58

May 14th, 2014
1:41 pm

From all the “different” versions of this story and how the tape was made…I would not be surprised one bit that MAGIC himself is behind the recording of this PRIVATE conversation and release of the tape…..He has wanted to buy the Clippers for years and was stopped by…….Sterling

Alrighty then...

May 14th, 2014
1:45 pm

Anderson Cooper is a hypocrite in getting involved with Magic because his boyfriend has HIV. Probably looking for some free health advice and kick back. His mom Gloria Vanderbilt should have know better to dress him up as a girl and wear her legendary tight jeans.

Alrighty then...

May 14th, 2014
1:50 pm

They won’t stop this manufactured madness until Oprah or Magic OWN the team.

The dumb masses have been played and all you that support these entitled race baiters have been OWNED.

Farcus

May 14th, 2014
1:55 pm

Who the hell cares if or what Lebron does? I hope now this is not settled so he can explain why he still played next year. Money does not buy intelligence and James proves it.

slaughdog

May 14th, 2014
2:01 pm

To all you “brave” keyboard racist with your rich southern heritage & traditions, ask your momma did she enjoy her “thug” last night.

honest_abe

May 14th, 2014
2:14 pm

this thread of comments is a perfect example of the broke education system in atlanta. wow. i’m embarrassed to say i live in the same vicinity as all of you. god helps us all.

notaracist

May 14th, 2014
2:20 pm

It does not matter if Donald Sterling made his statement in private. Once it was made public, all bets are off. Remember Water Gate, that too was done in private.

Rick James

May 14th, 2014
2:23 pm

Donald Sterling is posting under a lot of different handles on this blog…It’s so amusing when idiots are allowed to speak..God bless America

dawg

May 14th, 2014
2:23 pm

I don’t agree with Sterling at all. I don’t agree with those who want to ban gays from having the same rights as everone else.

That being said, the thought that everyone in this country has to be tolerant and accepting of everyone else is ludicrous. The fact that your 1st ammendment rights are allowed as long as it doesn’t offend someone is ludicrous.

Everyone has opinions. You can’t call an opinion right or wrong, that’s why it’s called an opinion. THe fact that someone can be exiled and forced to do something based on their opinion is wrong.

Sterling may be jackass but he’s entitled to an opinion just like anyone else.

The Truth Teller

May 14th, 2014
2:24 pm

There are some dumb@$$ white people on this board. Rednecks calling people thugs, now that’s funny.

dave

May 14th, 2014
2:29 pm

Blacks don’t exactly help themselves out in the court of public opinion. Your songs are riddled with violence and sexism towards women, it’s acceptable to have multiple kids out of wedlock and with multiple partners, etc. By the way, kids are expensive. If you don’t have any money you probably shouldn’t keep adding mouths to feed.

Obamacare is nothing more than to help the blacks out in this country at the expense of the middle class.

Are their hardworking blacks out there? Of course there are. But what is the mental picture one gets when thinking of a black person. An uneducated male with his pants sagging, tatoos everywhere, speaking broken english, with more than 1 kid by more than 1 mother, living in poverty in the projects somewhere.

You bring it on yourself.