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Matt Kemp gets dragged into Donald Sterling controversy

Apr 27, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

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Deadspin has obtained an alleged 15-minute audio recording of Clippers owner Donald Sterling spouting racist opinions about minorities during an April 9 conversation with then-mistress V. Stiviano. Deadspin’s version contains something that the original nine-minute tape from TMZ did not — a mention of a Major League Baseball player.

So let’s join all the other media outlets in the country and dive into this cesspool of bigotry. Here’s the relevant excerpt from Deadspin’s story:

Poor Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is also dragged into the conversation, having appeared in an Instagram photo with V. Stiviano. It was her photo with Magic Johnson that had apparently started the fight.

V: Honey, if it makes you happy, I will remove all of the black people from my Instagram.

DS: You said that before, you said, “I understand.”

V: I DID remove the people that were independently on my Instagram that are black.

DS: Then why did you start saying that you didn’t? You just said that you didn’t remove them. You didn’t remove every—

V: I didn’t remove Matt Kemp and Magic Johnson, but I thought—

DS: Why?

V: I thought Matt Kemp is mixed, and he was OK, just like me.


V: He’s lighter and whiter than me.


V: I met his mother.

DS: You think I’m a racist, and wouldn’t—

V: I don’t think you’re a racist.

DS: Yes you do. Yes you do.

V: I think you, you—

DS: Evil heart.

The NBA is conducting an investigation into the veracity of the recording. LeBron James told reporters Saturday that if the audio is found to be legit, there is “no room for Donald Sterling in our league.”

Check out ProBasketballTalk for extensive coverage of this story. We’re hopefully done with it.


UPDATE, 3:40 p.m. ET: Kemp responded on Sunday: “Racism is kind of old.”

165 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. mikhelb - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    I hope he not only gets stripped off his team, but also faces jail time, though I know it can not happen since racism is not a punishable crime per se when spoken.

    And per other racists I’ve read and have known, he maybe will say:

    “I am not racist! I have a black/mexican girlfriend, I employ black people, I am jewish and our people experienced racism!!”

    I hope he gets scalded and blacklisted by rabbis and the general media like when that racist tennor guy who used to sing at yankees games said to two old ladies “well at least you are not jewish” and got blacklisted by the jewish community and his services were cancelled for every compromise he had to perform. Racism goes both ways as we’ve seen.

    I am truly sickened by that guy who owns the Clippers and I refuse to even mention his name.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Any other constitutional protections you want to stupidity toss aside?

      • jobotjones - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        Seriously why do people even give him the time of day.

        It’s his opinion and while he has the freedom to express his opinion, who really cares what it is?

        This is just another old, crusty guy that has a girlfriend easily young enough to be his daughter who is going to tie him up in court and snake a chunk of his money.

        If it wasn’t for Viagra this guy would’ve likely base jumped without a parachute by now.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        The people making money off the NBA have every right to care, the players and it’s owners.

        The NBA is a partnership, when one does or says something that hurts their product. They are the ones should care, why Obama cares, I have no idea.

  2. keltictim - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    I never ever said the man was innocent. Based on the limited facts I knew I mentioned a story that sounded similar. I have checked with several different news sites and the stories aren’t similar at all, but I think I was pretty clear that based on this woman’s audio tape I didn’t think the stories were the same to begin with. I was more making a point about made up racism, which sickens me as much as racism. The way some of you twist facts and take sentences out of context, I wonder if you don’t work for the New York Times. What this man did was horrible and despicable, and he paid a hefty price for it. As far as I can tell though, he has not broken any laws with with his ownership of the clipper organization. I’ve heard of no employees of the team suing him for anything. Of course it is possible that anyone who had a legitimate beef could have been paid off before it got to court. This man is a scum bag of the highest order, but it’s his constitutionally protected right to be a scumbag. Anything beyond a fine, suspension, and community service would not be right.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      “I was more making a point about made up racism, which sickens me as much as racism.”

      I was pretty sure something was amiss when you when you proclaimed that you “detested” basketball….now I’m quite certain.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      I’ve heard of no employees of the team suing him for anything.

      Then do more research. Elgin Baylor sued him. And that’s just his basketball team. He’s had lawsuits from employees of his other businesses, including sexual harassment lawsuits.

      his man is a scum bag of the highest order, but it’s his constitutionally protected right to be a scumbag

      No, it’s not.

  3. meggafish - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Donald Tokowitz, Sterling was added when he was an adult, should cut and run. Perhaps he can join Shelly Adelson in Israel…

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      You know, the best way to attack racism is to get all anti-Semitic on its ass.

      The knowledge you possess about Jews and Israel can barely fit on the head of a pin.


  4. keltictim - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Ok buckie what could you possibly be reading into based on the fact that I don’t like basket ball as a sport? @COPO, you might want to do some more research before you try to call me out. Elgin sued for wrongful termination based on age discrimination, not racism. Also being a scumbag is most definitely a protected right in this country, so long as you don’t break the law.

    There is most definitely something amiss with this whole situation, on that your right. The woman supposedly talking to donald on the tape is now claiming she doesn’t know if that’s her voice on the tape. Either she’s been bought off, had a change of heart ( she has been called out for saying she will “get even” with him after he dumped her), or it’s just a manufactured set up/blackmail attempt gone wrong. There’s plenty of room for debate on this situation, but facts are facts, and calling someone stupid for having a different opinion than yours is childish.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      “I don’t like that” and “I detest that” are much much different emotions”


      “@COPO, you might want to do some more research before you try to call me out.”

      Is that a joke? Seriously….are you making an intentional joke based on the dumb crap you posted before without even reading anything having to do with the topic?

      Also, *you’re

      As in “you’re demented”

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      @COPO, you might want to do some more research before you try to call me out. Elgin sued for wrongful termination based on age discrimination, not racism.

      Just accept you’re wrong, and sit there in your wrongness. I’m going to repost exactly what you wrote, and my response:

      I’ve heard of no employees of the team suing him for anything.

      I responded with Baylor. If you meant only racism, that obviously doesn’t mean anything. And regardless, Baylor included racism in his suit but dropped it through the proceedings. So you’re doubly wrong. Here’s a quote from an article in the LA Times after the jury dismissed the lawsuit, emphasis mine:

      Baylor, the Clippers’ longtime head of player personnel as general manager and executive vice president, sought nearly $2 million in economic and mental distress damages after filing a wrongful-termination lawsuit two years ago that included claims of racism. The racism claim was dropped before the trial.

  5. keltictim - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    If being a dirtbag wasn’t a protected right do you really think the KKK and other hate groups would be able to get permits for parades and other gatherings, while receiving taxpayer funded police protection? You can’t pick and choose who gets freedom.

    • American of African Descent - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      If this were a federal or state government threatening to take his property, you’d have an argument. However, the NBA is a private organization. Sterling has a Constitutionally protected right to be a “dirtbag.” He does not have a Constitutionally protected right to (a) own an NBA team, or (b) be free from league discipline for being articulating his “dirtbag” views.

      Please consider taking a class in Constitutional law.

  6. sandrafluke2012 - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    I remember when Liberals didn’t mind Bill Maher buying part of the Mets. But Rush Limbaugh and this guy are bad

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Not only that, but liberals hate it when the magnetic poles flip, too.


    • sportsdrenched - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Wait, So I’m a Liberal if I think racism, racists, and racist people are bad?

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Donald Sterling isn’t very political, but he’s a known supporter of the Democrats

  7. keltictim - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Well according to the NBAs own constitution, an owner can only be forced to sell his team for very certain and specific financial situations, so your argument is useless. The most they can do is fine and suspend him, and most owners are already on record against a suspension due to the precedence it would set. At least that’s what is reporting. I could give you a pretty long list, gator, as to why I’m neither a bigot, or any of the other things you said, but the fact of the matter is I don’t really care what some anonymous commenter on a baseball blog thinks about my personally. I do enjoy your baseball perspectives, but when it comes to social and political issues, I tend to disagree with slot of the folks on here. As for the other genius, I said at the very beginning ” I don’t know that much about it”. I was merely making a comment based off of the comments previously posted. Afterwards I did go and read up on it a bit and saw that I was wrong. Oh well, it does happen occasionally. I try to look at it in a positive manner, I might have been wrong, but now I’ve learned something new. I find it’s a heckuva lot better way to live than insisting I’m always right. Not quite sure how you get demented out of that, but that’s ok. I’ll send you a gift basket in the morning ok?

  8. keltictim - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I was referring to racism, but your 100% right I should have made that clearer. The article I read didn’t mention that he started the suit with a racism aspect that he later dropped, it only talked about the final outcome of the proceedings. I shouldn’t have been a wise butt for that I apologize

  9. keltictim - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM


  10. keltictim - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Sorry hit post to soon, I’m asking “nice?” Because I’m wondering if that a reply to someone that can be seen on the website version but not the app. I feel like I’ve seen several posts that don’t make sense because I only use the app

  11. hateonlyhatred - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    The guy is protected by the Constitution to say whatever he wants no matter what “tfbuckfutter”, “COPO the clown” and “old gator the liberal nut job” say. You guys and your Utopian world view crack me up. Al “give me more bags of money for fake racism” Sharpton chimes in and says Sterling should be stripped of his team. What? For words that have hurt no one? Black folks are stronger and have more backbone than you guys think. Here’s a noble idea. Instead of focusing on meaningless BS like this, how about we focus on the shootings that occur daily in Chicago and many other cities that snuff out young black lives? That is just too tough of a problem to solve and it doesn’t have the sexiness of racism. That’s why Al and Jesse remain quiet. There’s no money to be made focusing on the Chicago problem. You people disgust me. Make me literally want to retch with your pretend outrage. You guys and guys who think like you are morons of the highest level.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      I can tell you work really hard on your nicknames. That must make you a creative genius or something.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        Give him a break. He obviously just got home from the bar and is stumbling around the internet. Also, I think he mentioned having the heaves, so he’s not rational right now.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        Some technicolor yawn ought to ease the pressure of his Thinking Spot.

    • Old Gator - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      The problem is that whatever this atavistic throwback to reconstruction thinks or says under his constitutional protections, which protect him from prosecution by the government, within the private, contractual environment of the NBA he is subject to discipline for doing or saying anythings that bring discredit on his team or the league. Private businesses are also constitutionally protected against the destructive behavior of employees or franchisees and have the right and power to protect themselves therefrom – reaffirmed multiple times by Supreme Court decisions. In this particular case, Sterling further subjected himself to redress by the league under the terms of the contracts he signed with the league in the process of becoming an owner in the first place.

      I do agree, though, that we should only try to solve one social problem at a time. That would sure be preferable to some “utopian” approach, wouldn’t it?

      • cur'68 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Hater there should ask his “Black Wife” what she thinks. And his “Black Best Friend”, too. Of course we’ll have to just blindly believe his drivel, but then he’s suck a saint we’ll be compelled to.

      • hateonlyhatred - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        My black wife would rather see improvement of life in the inner cities where black children are killed every day. She agrees that this Donald Sterling nonsense gets way too much media attention. It’s obvious the old man has been set up. I’m sure Magic Johnson will be right there ready to purchase the Clippers when they force the old guy out. Yeah, Magic is probably behind this whole thing. Setting people up and running to TMZ is pretty reprehensible behavior as well. By the way, the NAACP gave this Sterling guy a man of the year award a few years ago despite his well known practices of discriminating who he rented his properties to. Why? Because of his large donations to the NAACP. Yes, a so-called racist can purchase awards from the NAACP.

        Also, there is not one racial epithet in Sterling’s screed. However, listening to Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne’s responses to this guy I notice that they are full of hatred and racial epithets. Same old, same old. One group of people can say whatever the hell they want, but this group of people can’t for fear of reprisals that often make no sense. These are the rules: White people, especially guys, you walk on eggshells every day as you go through life for fear of falsely being labeled a racist. And, white people, especially guys, if someone should hurl that accusation your way go cower in a corner and be in fear of losing your income. All others? Say whatever the hell you want.

    • cur'68 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      You poor little white man. How darkie has kept you down. Oppressed by The Black Man, huh? Poor baby.

      • hateonlyhatred - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        That’s not what I said Cur’68. Only a mental midget such as yourself would draw such a conclusion. By the way, saying “darkie” is pretty racially insensitive. My wife is opposed to that. I’d love to meet you face to face. What a pathetic childlike mind you have. You brought up violence to me, something about fighting me, the first time you ever responded to one of my posts. Oh, how I wish we could come in contact with each other just so I could see how tough you really think you are. I dream of such moments. Is there any way we can make my dream a reality?

      • cur'68 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Please stop dreaming about me. Its unseemly. And FTR: no one, and I mean NO ONE, believes your crap.

        Good day.

      • hateonlyhatred - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Cur’68: It’s the little smirk on your face that I’d like to knock off when you say something like that, which for some reason you think is clever. It might not be so much a dream. I’ve begun collecting data on you, buddy.

      • cur'68 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Collect away. And, when your little pipe dream becomes a reality, make it quick, eh? In fact, better not even warn me. Just wade in out of nowhere. If I’m with my dog, be careful, I don’t want to have to hurt her making her let you go.

        If you elect NOT to make it quick and a blind side, then I should warn you: I’m pretty fit, I do not tire easily, and I grew up fighting a lot. A long time ago, sure, but its still there. I think I still remember how to wear a guy down then stomp his ass. We’ll see.

        Also, be sure and have a good explanation for the cops about why you’re attacking a random strange black person. Its sure to get a good reception with the police around here.

        Anyhow, gotta go. If you get thisaway, look for the dog. She’s pretty unique here.


  12. yahmule - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Shaun Powell gets it.

  13. keltictim - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Sorry Koufax, if you guys are going to rip me for being wrong on a subject that I admit I’m no expert on, I’m going to hold you accountable when your wrong. Basketball has no anti trust exemption. It’s the only pro sport without one, so there is no public trust. And Debbie Schultz is all that wrong with politics. She, and her counterparts on the right, have no place in the political discourse of this country. They are pure ideologues, that have zero comprehension of the term “compromise”. You have two choices, 1) agree with their position whole heartedly, or 2) you are a racist, un-American, communist, fascist, disloyal, and all the other BS words that get thrown around when you don’t agree with their positions. For some reason they fail to understand that they represent EVERYBODY in their districts, not just the folks that agree with them. Our country was built on a multi party system for a reason, one party rule is no different than the monarchy we fought to leave. I really hope all that praise you were heaping on her was sarcastic, otherwise it say a lot about where your coming from in your assessments. Elian Gonzalez was how long ago? Mistakes were made on both sides of that terrible situation.

  14. keltictim - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    No, I was illustrating the way ms Schultz and her counterpoints on the right, think. Didn’t think I actually needed to separate the trash talk by which side uses what. That’s the way ideologues think. If your not in agreement with them you must be those things.

  15. keltictim - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Really? His tax returns show him contributing to republicans

  16. keltictim - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Hey keyboard tough guys, knock it off. Cur, if the guy does have a black wife, using the word darkie does deserve a smack. Regardless not a word that should be used in any forum. Hate, don’t be that guy. It’s an anonymous blog, your never going to meet him, and your not collecting anything. Let’s just calm down a bit.

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