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Donald Sterling

I'm NOT a Racist

4/26/2014 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Donald Sterling has come out swinging, with the Clippers organization right behind him ... saying he and his team don't know if the audio TMZ Sports released is legit ... but he says it does NOT reflect his views toward African-Americans.

Sterling and the Clippers organization tell TMZ Sports, "We have heard the tape on TMZ Sports.  We do not know if it is legitimate or if it has been altered."

The statement goes on ... "We do know that the woman on the tape -- who we believe released it to TMZ Sports -- is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family, alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would 'get even.'"

And the statement goes on, "Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life."

And there's this: "He feels terrible that such sentiments are being attributed to him and apologizes to anyone who might have been hurt by them." For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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46.

Macc 6400    

I don't think people are getting it. Of course he didn't really say sh!t in this "statement." Of course his claim that he doesn't know if the tape is real or not, after listening to it, is straight bogus and makes no sense whatsoever. But what you're kidding is, he has privileges. Privileges that makes this nonsensical comment actually make sense, and all he needs to say to make this all go away.

189 days ago
47.

boo boo    

You don't know if you said that? You liar! You said it! GTFO!

189 days ago
48.

nana    

He was raised like a pig he doesn't know any better

189 days ago
49.

K South West    

And I'm not "black

189 days ago
50.

BrxwnSkinnedLady    

Unfortunately he is racist. His girlfriend is not his girlfriend. She nothing more than a possession. Why isn't anyone speaking on he fact that this man is still married? Or why he said his girlfriend could sleep with Magic Johnson just not in public ..... His apology was very diluted.

189 days ago
51.

Machelle    

THEY ARE JUST WORDS!! Dang, y'all love an opportunity to blow something out of proportion. If he is racist, so what. That is his right until or unless it affects how he TREATS people and that treatment is in violation of some civil or criminal statute. Good grief-free speech is non-existent in this Country.

189 days ago
52.

PoorLilBitchGirl    

It's called living in a free country, that entitles everyone, just like all of you, to freedom of speech and opinion. Jeez! People are such pansy p♡skies these days! Quit getting so butt hurt and crying to mommy over every little stupid thing! Grow a pair!

189 days ago
53.

Mr. Mojorisin    

Bullllsh*t

189 days ago
54.

Vanessa    

The man should be able to have a private conversation with his girlfriend without fear that it's going to end up on TMZ. I believe everybody is entitled to their personal opinions, they are NOT the opinions of the Clipper players who go out every game and give it their all for the fans. I whole heartily support the Clippers and think a boycott is stupid. Go Donald Sterling and Go Clippers!!! LOS ANGELES LOVES YOU!!!

189 days ago
55.

Lee    

He is not an old man either. LOL.

189 days ago
56.

dale12    

His kind ALWAYS reply with that comment after they have spewed hatred towards Black folks?! Next Mr. Sterling will say that, "THERE IS NO RACISM IN AMERICA!"

189 days ago
57.

Ritza    

Yes yess HE HAS FREEDOM OF SPEECH . AND I HAVE THE FREEDOM TO DISAGREE . PASTY PIG

189 days ago
58.

Observer    

Who here has ACTUALLY LISTENED to the WHOLE 9min 26 second recording?

If not.... Take a GOOD Listen and THEN come back and comment.

Interesting to see if there would be some different postings.

189 days ago
59.

think101    

Why did it take all day to deny it. Oh, it was when people started saying don't go to the games.

189 days ago
60.

Gretel    

This all started because apparently he pissed his whore off and she baited him. So what? He's racist. So is about 50% of any race racist towards at least one other race. Ain't that right Jesse Jackson? His players make millions, so don't start with the "slave" crap. He must have really pissed off his whore. I thought recording and making a private conversation public without the person's consent was illegal, isn't it?

189 days ago
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