It seems as if the entertainment site TMZ, which has been breaking news left and right, scooped Anderson Cooper's Tuesday-night interview with NBA legend Magic Johnson regarding the continuing fallout from racist statements made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
In a telephone interview earlier Tuesday with the gossip conglomerate, Johnson slammed Sterling for bringing him into the mess and saying things without getting his facts straight – especially regarding Johnson's work in the black community and his health status.
"It's very disturbing," says Johnson, who can be heard sighing heavily over the phone. "When you come on (television), No. 1, you should have your facts straight. I don't have AIDS. I have HIV;been living with HIV for 22 years."
Clippers owner Donald Sterling wants America to know one thing: He is "not a racist."
The declaration of Sterling's non-racistness aired in full during an interview with Anderson Cooper Monday night on CNN. Last week, RadarOnline obtained an apparent audio recording of Sterling telling a friend the same thing.
But what does it matter what we call Donald Sterling – or what he calls himself, for that matter?
The NBA has named Dick Parsons interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers.
League Commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday that the former Citigroup chairman, Time Warner chairman and CEO will take the position, effective immediately.
"I believe the hiring of Dick Parsons will bring extraordinary leadership and immediate stability to the Clippers organization," Silver said, according to a recent press release. "Dick's credentials as a proven chief executive speak for themselves, and I am extremely grateful he accepted this responsibility."
If anyone was looking for some of the key recurring elements of the Memphis-Oklahoma City playoff series to be reflected in Game 6, they were extremely disappointed.
There was no record-breaking overtime session. There was no loss of a 20-point lead only to have one team claw back. And there was not much defense and not much offensive rhythm from Memphis.
With Grizz fans primed for a closeout victory on Thursday (May 1) at the FedExForum, the Thunder forced a Game 7, strutting out of Memphis with a 104-84 victory.
Only two days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver brought the hammer down on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks captured during a taped conversation that was leaked to TMZ, NBA owners held their first meeting in a bid to end Sterling's ownership of the team.
The league's 10-member advisory/finance committee held a conference call Thursday to discuss "the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers," NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a statement, the Associated Press reports.
"The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week," he said.
After Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was sternly denounced for racist comments by a spectrum of individuals, ranging from President Barack Obama to NBA superstar LeBron James, NBA Commissioner Alan Silver on Tuesday fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him from the NBA for life.
At a news conference Tuesday, Silver said he will ask the NBA Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, an action that would require a three-fourths approval. The fine, the maximum allowed under the NBA's constitution and bylaws, will be donated to anti-discrimination and tolerance organizations jointly selected by the NBA and the NBA Players Association.
"The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful. That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage," Silver said at the news conference in New York City. "Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse multi-cultural and multi-ethnic league.
NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who is known for speaking out on issues of race in the United States, has weighed in on the alleged racist ramblings of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Jabbar agreed that Sterling is clearly racist, but was more incensed by not only systems of oppression that breed the Donald Sterlings of the world, but the actions of Sterling's mistress, V. Stiviano.
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