…from the New York Times….
The N.B.A. has started an investigation into remarks attributed to the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after the release Friday night of an audio recording on TMZ.com in which a person TMZ identified as Sterling admonished a female friend to avoid being seen in public with black people.
Reaction around the league, whose players are predominantly African-American, was swift. The Clippers, who are in San Francisco for their first-round playoff series with the Golden State Warriors, held a team meeting late Friday, according to The Los Angeles Daily News. Magic Johnson, the former Lakers star and minority owner, said on Twitter that he would not attend a Clippers game as long as Sterling remained owner.
“We are in the process of conducting a full investigation into the audio recording obtained by TMZ,” Mike Bass, the N.B.A’s executive vice president for communications, said in a statement. “The remarks heard on the recording are disturbing and offensive, but at this time we have no further information.”
In the audio recording, a person identified by TMZ as Sterling can be heard chiding a female friend, identified by the website as V. Stiviano, saying he was mad she posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself and Johnson.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” Sterling is alleged to have said. He added later in the recording, referring to her Instagram postings, that “you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.”
Sterling has a history of racially based incidents….