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Magic Johnson vowes to never attend Clippers game following owner’s racist remarks

The sports world was taken aback this weekend when a racist-rant from Clippers owner Donald Sterling was released by gossip-site TMZ. At the center of the controversy is Hall of Fame player Magic Johnson, who took to Twitter to talk about the recording stating that the, “comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA.”
 
Johnson also stated the he wouldn’t be attending a Clippers game from this point further, until the owner either sells the team or is forced out. The recording in question is allegedly between Sterling and girlfriend V. Stiviano. The argument came about when Sterling talked about Stiviano’s habit of attending Clippers games with “minorities.”
 
“Why publicize it on the Instagram and bring it to my games?” Sterling asked the girl, adding, “It bothers me a lot if you want to broadcast that you are associating with black people.”
 
As for how Magic Johnson ties into all of this, it was Sterling who pointed out the Hall of Famer saying, “Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.”
 
The NBA quickly released a statement about the matter, “We are in the process of conducting a full investigation into the audio recording obtained by TMZ,” the league said in a statement from spokesperson Mike Bass. “The remarks heard on the recording are disturbing and offensive, but at this time we have no further information.”
 
In the past, several discrimination lawsuits that have been filed against Sterling, Snoop Dogg took to Instagram to call the owner a, “racist piece of sh^&.”