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

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.