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Trail Blazers' Paul Allen

A White NBA Owner Speaks Up

Says Sterling Unfit to Be an Owner

4/28/2014 3:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0428_paul_allen_david_sterling_getty_landovPortland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen just joined a growing number of white NBA execs finally blasting Donald Sterling -- calling his racist rant unacceptable in pro sports.

The Microsoft co-founder (and multi-billionaire) said, "The kind of statements attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling, if true, are abhorrent, and not acceptable for the owner of an NBA franchise."

Allen added, "We at the Trail Blazers reject any and all such sentiments."

Earlier today ... Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said, "Hate speech demonstrates an ignorance that is unacceptable, and I implore all of us to help eliminate any form of discrimination."

Before today ... Michael Jordan was the only owner to speak out against Sterling's comments.

Allen called for the NBA to take "swift and impactful action."

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1.

She's baaaack    

Ok he's racist. His whore sold his private recordings to TMZ. Can we just get this down to maybe three stories a day instead of three every hour?

87 days ago
2.

Rita    

Finally; a fellow owner speaks up. The other owners have been shamefully silent on this - or worse, actually comment it's not their problem (right Mark Cuban?).
News flash NBA franchise owners- if the handling of this Sterling case turns off fans from the NBA- everyone's bottom line is affected! Sponsors are already pulling out of the Clippers organization- but it won't stop there - fan-driven merchandise and ticket sales keep the entire league alive... disrespect players by not taking this seriously- ie/give this man a slap on the wrist- and you'll end up with disgruntled coaches, players AND their disgruntled fans. The league may not be able to force Sterling to sell- but they CAN demand someone else manage the team. If Sterling ends up useless; with no decision making power- he may lose interest in the team and sell on his own.

87 days ago
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staur    

This is why I never have visited TMZ b4 these comments came out there have been a handful of owners that have come out against Sterling. MJ wasnt even the first one for God's sakes Micky Arisen. Keep up the gotcha non factual journalism TMZ. This story is now in the hands of credible news organizations that actually check facts. Keep on digging through peoples trash and let the big boys handle the rest.

87 days ago
4.

StevenB    

That's rich - calling for the League to take 'swift and impactful' action when it takes you two days to finally say "Racism bad. Me no like racism"

87 days ago
5.

Levi    

She's supposed to have over 100 hrs of recordings of Sterling, this is getting better everyday >>>

87 days ago
6.

Jacob DeGroat    

If he hates black people. Donald has freedom of speech.......I have speech problems people picked on me all my life they didn't get in trouble I was told it was their freedom of speech no difference here if so **** this so called world

87 days ago
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Mary Jane    

All of the owners need to speak up. All of the advertisers need to pull endorsements. Let that israelite understand what he has said and how offensive he is. Hit him where he lives his bank account.

87 days ago
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ivan    

is not sterling a 1% - er ?

86 days ago
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betterdaysahead    

look ...this dude is so old that.....ok, this is gonna sound weird...in HIS day you had "arm candy". Here in Chicago, back in the 70s,...a white man of Sterling's stature and wealth, had beautiful women. BUT BACK IN THE DAY IF THE GIRL YOU WERE WITH WAS SCREWING A BLACK GUY YOU FEEL LIKE A SEXUAL FAILURE TO OTHER MEN!!! but he still is wrong, evenif he said it out of jealousy, look at the girl...she's gorgeous!!!!! thos old guys give the chicks stuff just to go to dinner with them and all that.

86 days ago
10.

Vote2012    

Every NBA owner and every player has known for 30 years this guy was a racist pig....why is he now being exposed by someone or something? In my opinion they are setting this guy up so the person who wants this team can buy it cheap. Follow the money...pro sports is a ruthless business..

86 days ago
11.

Jamal    

I wonder how many of these other owners say the same things behind closed doors.

86 days ago
12.

Mr Barcliff    

IF YOU STEAL FROM A STORE AND DONT GET CAUGHT ARE YOU A THIEF? IF YOU CHEAT ON YOUR WIFE OR GIRLFRIEND AND DONT GET CAUGHT EVER, ARE YOU A CHEAT? IF YOU LIE AND DONT GET CAUGHT ARE YOU A LIER? THESE QUESTIONS SEMI DESCRIBE HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE STERLING CASE, IM CONFUSED AS THE DAY HAS PROGRESSED. AS I HEAR THE TAPE OVER AND OVER, IT SOUNDS LIKE STERLING WAS SET UP, "BIG TIME"!!!! THERE ARE MANY OWNERS IN THE NBA, HOW MANY FEEL LIKE STERLING. MANY OWNERS IN ALL PRO SPORTS IN THE USA, HOW MANY DISLIKE BLACKS? THE ANSWER IS, WE DONT KNOW AND THIS IS WHY IM FEELING UNCOMFY WITH THIS WHOLE THING. AS A BLACK AFRICAN LIVING IN AMERICA I WONDER, SHOULD WE LOSE WHAT WE OWN OR BE KICKED OUT BASED ON PRIVATE THOUGHTS? IF SOMEONE WAS A HOMOPHOBIC HUMAN OR A HOMOSEXUAL THEMSELVES OR ANY OTHERS SENSITVE SUBJECT YOU CAN IMAGINE, DOES IT DEFINE THEM WORKING OR OWNING A BUSINESS? I SAY THIS BECAUSE AS A BLACK AFRICAN LIVING IN AMERICA, I ENCOUNTER RACISM ALL THE TIME, NOT ALLOWED IN 2014 AND OTHER YEARS TO EAT IN EATHERIES AND FOLLOWED AT OTHER PLACES LIKE I STOLE SOMETHING AND NOBODY DEFENDED ME. DID STERLING GET RAN OUT BECAUSE HE WAS WRONG OR BECAUSE HE FINALLY GOT CAUGHT IS WHAT IM ASKING. IF HE KKK MEMBER OWNS A EATERY, HATES BLACKS AND OTHER MINORITIES, WHAT DO WE DO? BOYCOTT? RAN HE/SHE OUT OF BUSINESS THRU PICKETS? IF EVERY RACIST WAS GOTTEN RID OF, AMERICA WOULD BE A JOBLESS COUNTRY. I DONT AGREE WITH RACISM BUT, I THINK OUR RIGHTS GET VIOLATED WHEN WE ALLOW BEING RECORDED TO DESTROY OUR PRIVACY, EVEN IF WERE RACSIT. UNLESS A PERSON IS PLANNING TO HARM ANOTHERS LIFE, RECORDING THEM SEEMS ALMOST AS WORSE OF A CRIME TO ME!!!!

86 days ago
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BaDdKitTy04    

Well...you lie down with dogs...you just might wake up with fleas...next time don't get a minority whore...get a white whore! His wife..she must be out to lunch....lol...

86 days ago
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BaDdKitTy04    

Well...you lie down with dogs...you just might wake up with fleas...next time don't get a minority whore...get a white whore! His wife..she must be out to lunch....lol...

86 days ago
15.

Joaquin    

Paul Allen is probably worse than Donald Sterling, As owner of the Trail Blazers Allen also owned a couple radio stations one of which is also home to an extreme right-wing talk show. Allen use to pay someone else to say his mind.

85 days ago

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