NBA Bans Donald Sterling For Life, Rappers Respond

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life and fined $2.5 million by the NBA for racist remarks.

The National Basketball Association has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for racist remarks that were audio-taped, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced today (April 29).

"The hateful opinions voiced by that of the man [on the tape] are those of Donald Sterling," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a press conference.  

During the taped conversation that was released, Sterling made a series of racist remarks to a woman believed to be his girlfriend, including the following: 

"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to?" he says. "You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in. You can do whatever you want.  The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games.” 

Commissioner Silver also announced today that he is going to work to try to force Sterling to sell the team.

When the tape was first published, several emcees responded Saturday (April 26), including Snoop Dogg and Meek Mill

The Los Angeles Clippers have also made a change to their website, which now only features "We Are One" and the Los Angeles Clippers logo in white font and a black background. 

Many rappers have responded to NBA's decision to ban Sterling for life, including the following posts made by emcees today (April 29).







 

RELATED: Snoop Dogg, Meek Mill Blast Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Over Racist Comments

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87 Comments

  • Anonymous

    ja rule banned this fool for life

  • SN

    If a black owner said this same thing no one would be bitching or a give a fuck, shit white ppl would actually have a good laugh at it and shrug it off in a few days at the most. #TRUTHHURTS

    • Anonymous

      White people been killing white people for a long time too, in fact white people have killed more white people than black its nothing to do with race.. man kills man that's the world we live in

    • thre real whole truth

      1st of all thats a lie. White people would be bitching. They bitced when Isiah thomas dissed larry bird. 2nd black dont have a history of oppressing whites so it qwould be a different context you dumb bitch. If blacks owned billion dollar corporation or said no whites allowed to the game and could actually make it happen their would be a outrage.Idf blacks enslaved whites for 300 years with no pay and then dissed them for another 100 years and hung them from trees thre would be outrage. How about you study history brfope you post a comment you ignorant low iq airhead pos. #sn is a smple mided homo.

  • Anonymous

    "When the owners vote on whether to force #DonaldSterling to sell I want the vote to be made public. We need to know how each owner feels." I like how you think Willie D. If there is any hesitation on any owner's side, go after their asses too.

  • Anonymous

    Only people who understand the politics of CAPITALISM understand why Silver ousted Sterling. It ain't the civil rights case a lot of you think it is. He's fucking up people's money so he had to go.

  • iLL

    Folks treating this like its a civil rights issue LOL,they were about to boycott for the right for his hoe to bring black dudes she fucks to the games lol, it was a comment made in extremely bad taste, and he should be banned cause he made the NBA as a whole look bad, but folks acting like he wanted to ban all blacks from coming.

  • Anonymous

    read between the lines, his ex and him obviously had an agreement that she could sleep with whoever she wants as long as she didn't "promote" it, she did promote it and he took offence, meanwhile she thought i'm gonna make a dollar or two on exposing this fat old bastard as a racist because the relationship went tits up, she is obviously baiting him in the recording, what he said was wrong i'll admit. racism is wrong from black or white or pink and green it should end we all bleed red.

    • Anonymous

      SO what. That's not the issue. We can't control his feelings. Silver made the only real choice in light of the evidence.

  • Amir

    I think what you guys are missing is the The difference between Lord Jamar and Donald Sterling is the Sterling is a billion air who is in a position to deny or provide economic mobility to people. If an owner or CEO runs his business with a mentality like that and can judge how much he pays someone based off race, then that is Racist. He has a history of denying housing and economic mobility to minorities. Lord Jamar on the other hand is just a Bigot. Unfortunately it is not illegal in the USA to be an Asshole. But in the end Lord Jamar isnt a job creator and doesn't have the power to give or deny people economic mobility.

    • Anonymous

      I agree but Sterling has put a lot more money in black men's pockets than Lord Jamar ever has or ever will. Bottom line is they are both dinosaurs trying to keep segregation alive in venues (sports & music) that have the power to unite people if used the right way.

    • Anonymous

      Lord Jamar can barely feed himself. Thats why you see him with his dick out in the shower with guys on HBO.

  • LOL

    ALOT OF COMMENTATERS ARE MISSING THE POINT ..I FEEL YALL (IM BLACK) ON THE D STERLING AND LORD JAMAR ..BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THE THUGS HIPHOPDX POST ..THEY SAY THE N WORD ALL THE TIME AND ITS OK FOR NEGROES TO HATE AND KILL ROB AND STEAL FROM EACH OTHER BUT WHEN THE MAN DO IT .. EVERYBODY GOT TO JUMP ON THE BAND WAGON.. IF YOU HIP HOP ..TRUESCHOOL ..THIS WHOLE HIP HOP SHIT STARTED FROM POSITIVITY.. PARK JAMS OUTSIDE FOR THE POOR.. BLUE COLLAR WORKING CLASS.... SHAME ON THE NBA HIP HOP ROYALTY AND THE LIKE... YOU SHOULD BOYCOTT INTERSCOPE FOR PROMOTIN CHIEF KEEF AND HIS GUNS.. (CHICAGO IS A WAR ZONE) FUCK JIMMY IVONE & DR. DRE BEATS ... AND LIL WAYNE WHAT THE HELL YOU GONE COME OUT AND SPEAK ABOUT SHIT FOR?? YOU BEATING ASS LIKE EMMIT TILL ... GET THE F OUT OF HERE ..ALL YOU MOFOS ARE LOST DEVILS .. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ RULE THE WORLD

  • LOL

    LOL: ALOT OF COMMENTATERS ARE MISSING THE POINT ..I FEEL YALL (IM BLACK) ON THE D STERLING AND LORD JAMAR ..BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THE THUGS HIPHOPDX POST ..THEY SAY THE N WORD ALL THE TIME AND ITS OK FOR NEGROES TO HATE AND KILL ROB AND STEAL FROM EACH OTHER BUT WHEN THE MAN DO IT .. EVERYBODY GOT TO JUMP ON THE BAND WAGON.. IF YOU HIP HOP ..TRUESCHOOL ..THIS WHOLE HIP HOP SHIT STARTED FROM POSITIVITY.. PARK JAMS OUTSIDE FOR THE POOR.. BLUE COLLAR WORKING CLASS.... SHAME ON THE NBA HIP HOP ROYALTY AND THE LIKE... YOU SHOULD BOYCOTT INTERSCOPE FOR PROMOTIN CHIEF KEEF AND HIS GUNS.. (CHICAGO IS A WAR ZONE) FUCK JIMMY IVONE & DR. DRE BEATS ... AND LIL WAYNE WHAT THE HELL YOU GONE COME OUT AND SPEAK ABOUT SHIT FOR?? YOU BEATING ASS LIKE EMMIT TILL ... GET THE F OUT OF HERE ..ALL YOU MOFOS ARE LOST DEVILS .. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ RULE THE WORLD

  • Anonymous

    lol killer mike has issues

  • LOL

    ALOT OF COMMENTATERS ARE MISSING THE POINT ..I FEEL YALL (IM BLACK) ON THE D STERLING AND LORD JAMAR ..BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THE THUGS HIPHOPDX POST ..THEY SAY THE N WORD ALL THE TIME AND ITS OK FOR NEGROES TO HATE AND KILL ROB AND STEAL FROM EACH OTHER BUT WNEH THE MAN DO IT .. EVERYBODY GOT TO JUMP ON THE BAND WAGON.. IF YOU HIP HOP ..TRUESCHOOL ..THIS WHOLE HIP HOP SHIT STARTED FROM POSITIVITY.. PARK JAMS OUT OUTSIDE FOR THE POOR.. BLUE COLLAR WORKING CLASS.... SHAME ON THE NBA HIP HOP ROYALTY AND THE LIKE... YOU SHOULD BOYCOTT INTERSCOPE FOR PROMOTIN CHIEF KEEF AND HIS GUNS.. (CHICAGO IS A WAR ZONE) FUCK JIMMY IVONE & DR. DRE BEATS ... AND LIL WAYNE WHAT THE HELL YOU GONE COME OUT AND SPEAK ABOUT SHIT FOR?? YOU BEATING ASS LIKE EMMIT TILL ... GET THE F OUT OF HERE ..ALL YOU MOFOS ARE LOST DEVILS .. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ RULE THE WORLD

  • notnice tsuro

    yes we no want racist in this world,cos sport bring us together

  • Mr O

    The National HIP HOP Association has banned BRAND NUBIAN former Lorenzo Dechalus aka Lord Jamar for life and fined him $0 for racist remarks that were audio- video taped. "The hateful opinions voiced by that of the man [on the tape] are those of Lord Jamar" Glad to see how much Rappers speak on Sterling case and how much they shut down in their own business ! # Condamn all kind of racism or shut it down Lord Jamar and Sterling can f@$k each other

  • Anonymous

    I hate racism and hypocrisy 1)Fuck Donald Sterling 2)Fuck Lord Jamar equally 3)Fuck every rapper who got their panties in a bunch with Sterling but stood by and said nothing about Jamar. Every single rapper in the world has white fans that supports them and makes them money, just as the black players on the Clippers and the team's black and Mexican fans made Sterling money.

    • Anonymous

      What team or company does Lord Jamar represent? Why should we waste out time on a nobody?

    • Kelloggz

      I agree with Anonymous. Lord Jamar said some inflammatory comments, but where were the individuals that stand up for racial inequality? Hypocrisy at it's finest? Or maybe because Lord Jamar is irrelevant? What about the local chapter in LA that gave him 2 awards despite his past behavior/views? Where is the bandwagon on the Black/Mexican chic that was involved with him? Oh, I get it, she is not a powerful individual in society and there is no benefit for speaking out against her, even though she is involved with someone (Don Sterling) who is a racist against someone that is part of her own race or someone that feels superior to a lower class of people. I'm confused and it is not because I am Black/White.

  • Anonymous

    I think it's safe to refer to V. Stiviano as Sterling's ex-girlfriend by now.

  • FU

    LMFAO at people and the media making a big fucking deal out of this and the NBA banning a team OWNER!!! Blacks can talk all the shit they want about whites but as soon as a powerful white guy speaks his opinion, all hell breaks lose. WHAT A BUNCH OF BULLSHIT, YOU FUCKING CRY BABIES!!! SUCK A FAT DICK AND BALLS!!!

  • What?

    Has Jay-Z been banned for wearing that racist Five-Percenter medallion?

  • Anonymous

    Half of you didn't even listen to the recording. It wasn't that bad in all honesty. He was pushing its little, but it was mostly sabotage and media that made this so out of proportion. If you disagree you lyin to yourself. Disclaimer bitches: I;m not defending Sterling, just saying its not as big as it seems.

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  • Anonymous

    Newsflash. Sterling can now sue the NBA. While his comments were stupid, they weren't about the league itself, so if you think a billionaire is going to just slink away now think again.

    • Anonymous

      Not really. This has been going on all weekend and the NBA finally decided on what to do just today (3 days later). While there was an investigation that took place I'm pretty sure at the same time, with the NBA being a billion dollar industry, there were some high powered lawyers looking over the NBA's Constitution to see if there's a legal and legitimate way to break ties with Sterling without taking a financial hit from a drawn out court proceeding AND losing in the end. They had to look into that first before rendering such a lifetime banishment of punishment.

    • E'z up!

      No doubt. I could see Sterling, pretty easily, winning a case here.

  • Big 18th Street Gang, E'zup to the homies worldwide!

    The NBA is boring and sucks ass now anyways. Not too many great players anymore. There's a few but not many. The so called best player, LeBron James, has no style or gracefulness. The other so called best player, Kevin Durant, has even less style and grace and just looks awkward when he plays.

  • Big 18th Street Gang, E'zup to the homies worldwide!

    Peeps is making too big a deal out of this bullshit. I'm sure LA Clips players talk shit about whites all the time behind closed doors. It's unfortunate but it's a fact of life, get over it. Not everybody loves everybody. It's just the way it is.

    • Anonymous

      Because the word nigga is more socially acceptable now-a-days so long as its not meant to be racist, you peasant. Patrick star ass nigga.

    • Anonymous

      Matt Barnes says the word nigga all the time. Where's the outrage.

  • Anonymous

    its a competition on who is worst of .its not like any ever said anything about white people.

  • Anonymous

    Killer Mike is one self-righteous prick. I hate self-righteous people and the only people i hate more than them is self-righteous rappers. This fools name is 'Killer Mike'...yeah thats a good role model for people.You my friend as a rapper are part of the trend pulling the so called 'black race' back with ur stupid crime-related names and switch rap(u rap about positivity in the same album rap about crime)GTFOH Secondly this isn't just based on this comment alone this fool always thinks that all black people are dumb as rappers or we all ignorant and in the same group.If there is a popular view being posed by a large number of blacks,Killer Mike would always take the opposite view regardless of if he actually agree with the same view bcos he is not your "Average Rapper" and doesnt want to b put in the same bracket as them. The ban is not a win for black people by the way, it was necessary. The clippers owner also dissed Hispanics, but for someone with such view,Donald shouldn't own a team with that much black team members in it as there is no way a man with such view can hv any positive program for his players given his view. Killer Mike should shut up. An example has to be made with people like Donald. Racism would never go away,and i m cool with it...but if u hate colored people,u should also hate their money as well. U cant date/fuck a mixed race(half-Black/half-Hispanic) chic, love taking black/Hispanic money but u don't like seeing them in your game.No hate in entirety.

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    • harrygusto

      Killer mike aint gonna be happy til every white person dies... BY HIS HANDS!!!

  • NinjaB

    Thank you. no 1st amendment rights were violated.. he is not being prosecuted, but a private business (NBA) has made a decision not to associate with him, which is correct of course.. it helps their case that corporate sponsors started pulling out yesterday, that way Sterling really has no counter-suit because he was clearly affecting the NBA's image already, which their constitution allows them to act to protect. Good job Silver!

  • Good

    People who think this is a freedom of speech issue are RETARDED. He was banned because he effects the bottom line negatively. All you adult children need to SIT DOWN. Silver made the SMART decision.

    • mark

      U bout as dumb as u sound.This is hypocritical and reverse racism at its finest.Black ppl need to stop calling the kettle black when the pot is all burnt up.FUCK the NBA bottom line! Money is the new chains of slavery and blacks still aint free!All of these rappers shouldn't be commenting on nothing cuz ALL of their catalogues is worse than anything Sterling said! His piece of shit girlfriend set him up plain and simple! Answer me this....1)how u date someone who is racist and not know it or hear of incidents that might have happened before?(i.e. those slumlord lawsuits) 2)why are u releasing this recording now anyway since u say he's said worse on tape? Whats the difference between his racism from then to now and yet u still with him....!? 3)What is trying to force to sell whats RIGHTFULLY his gonna do but add $600-$750 million to his bottom line! Hell i'll call u nigga all day for that piece of change! Yall aint going to make this 70yr old man change his mind on how he feels towards other ppl. People been hating on ppl since the beginning of the Bible! It's obvious something more was going on b/c if u notice he said ppl will be calling him for stuff she doing so its obvious something else was going on....Black ppl need to check themself! We throw a tantrum when a white man say nigga but Snoop(who i love)makes $15-$20mil a year rappin about pimpin women and gets endorsment deals from these same coward ass sponsors who are worried about their image!!!!....this ordeal really showed us how far behind the 8ball BOTH sides is!!!!

  • Umm ok

    Umm okay. Go ahead and ban him for life, but did we forget that he's still making money from the same team. He needs to forced out of the business.

  • Not Impressed

    Sterling got a little cock. Not Impressed.

  • Anonymous

    just happy the rite thing happened

  • Lob City

    LOL so much for Game's boycott bullshit. Staples Center will be a place of celebration tonight.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with killer mike to the fullest. How the fuck we as black think that is the right thing to do by banning an 80 year old man and then on top of that fine him of 2.5 million dollars for comments he made.

    • Look Closer

      You just can't be a racist and be a person of power when i comes to jobs and having control of a enterprise when the people that is bringing in the money are he ones you are racist toward. Well i guess you can be a racist and do that as long as you don't get recorded saying racial comments and have TMZ leaking the recording. Besides it's all about money. Everybody knew he was a racist. Now it's in the public eyes and the threat of profit decline is scaring owners around the league. Thus bringing up the actions by the Commissioner.

    • Third3ye

      Word, the only thing that's going to come out of this is that it's going to make closet racists more careful, lol. Cursing at Donald Sterling is only creating more negative energy, keeping it alive, and keeping us back as humans. None of Donald's consequences is a win for black people. Every race has some racist people, just as every race has open-minded free-spirited people. We just have to focus more on the latter and keep positive energy existing. But unfortunately for us as people, the Media keeps racism alive through exposure and society feeds into it. You'll hear of more stories like this in the news than you will the opposite.

  • Anon

    Sorry but until he sells the team.. fuck em. Go Warriors!

  • QB

    BOYCOTT THE CLIPPERS. Until he actually sells the team, he's still making money off it, and they still have to go to work for a racist Jewish guy. Banning is nice, but MONEY is power and Sterling still holds the power for now. Force him to sell, and let Magic buy the team.. problem solved.

  • Anonymous

    Glad they banned him. Yall should check out thegrandreport, they have some good viral videos on there too!

  • blazers

    banned for life lol, he looks like he could die any second now

  • Anonymous

    THE DUDE SAID BLACK JEWS ARE TREATED LIKE DOGS IN [A PARTICULAR COUNTRY] AND ARE LESS THAN WHITE JEWS!?.....I GUESS WHAT THE IDIOT WAS TRYING TO SAY IS THAT COMPARED TO WHAT SOME COUNTRIES ARE DOING TO BLACKS HE WAS TREATING BLACKS MUCH NICER GIVEN HIS VIEW ON BLACK PEOPLE? DID ANYONE BOTHER TO CHECK IF THIS IS ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE IN THE COUNTRY MENTIONED?

  • Anonymous

    The team is worth a Billion and Sterling is worth a couple more Billion so he will sell the team and become even more wealthy but God don't like ugly so he has no male heir to live his fortune to and no male heir to carry on the legacy of his name, his genetic legacy died when his only son committed suicide.

  • Chi-Ill

    The ONE thing that bothers a Powerful Millionaire is being taken out of his chair of power. That's exactly what Adam Silver just did! Adam Silver just did what David Stearn couldn't/wouldn't do! Big round of applause to Silver!

  • That Niccah U Always Hating

    lol @ whoever thinks the NBA did that shit based on morals and justice, nikka please, they only did it based on money, we all know blatant racism hurts business

  • Anonymous

    "If u think banning an 80 yr old man for life is in some way a WIN for blacks people, 1. don't speak on my behalf 2. kill ya self." What kind of house negro would say some c00n shit like that???

  • Anonymous

    "NBA Bans Donald Sterling For Life" This shit sound like a lie

  • Anonymous

    The 2.5 million means nothing to Sterling, he spends millions on his mistresses and payouts to people who have sued him. The lifetime ban might mean something because after being the worst team in all of professional sports on the winning end the Clippers finally have a quality team with two superstars so any success the Clippers have from now on out will be a bitter pill for the racist to swallow.

  • Snoop.Still..Still

    He didnt say care about the asain blackface, but can show so much hates on the other end... Shittt trying to cover up and shit.

  • Anonymous

    Just cause something happened to you doesnt mean you should do it back. Thats wrong.

  • Snoop.Still..Still

    Snoop still said some racist ass things towards white people and rednecks outta hate because of one man. That should be talked about. Theres black rednecks too... and theyre proud of it. Like that family guy episode said last Sunday You guys need to check that shit out cause most white people are victimized for no reason.

  • dentaldamboy

    Birdman is the natural buy for the Clippers. He already owns part of the Dolphins, so this will just be another trophy franchise for him.

    • Lob City

      Magic Johnson & his Guggenheim Partners will buy the Clippers. They already own the Dodgers and they were turned down to buy the Lakers from the Buss family. They wan a So Cal sports empire, besides, we dont want Birdman touching this franchise.

    • i piss on this boy

      Birdman is busy buying lip stick.

  • Anonymous

    Basketball =/= Hip Hop "Oh, well let's just put in some tweets from some rappers, that'll tie it all together"

  • Amir

    Before people start saying Boycott the Clippers and this is not enough. Adam Silver did everything he was legally able to do. Under NBA constitution 2.5million is the largest fine the Commissioner can give, and a Ban for life well, you tell me if there can be a longer Ban. Its unfortunate that Sterling will probably still profit from this, but this is bigger than money. Its about making at statement that his kind is not welcome.

  • Anonymous

    Sterling to me in my opinion won in this situation. Him being fined $2.5 million as a billionaire means nothing to him. The NBA forcing him to sell a team he will most likely make $500 million or more in the process is not a penalty. However him going years and years being who he is and ppl turning their heads makes them just as racist as this piece of shit. No one wins but Sterling who will continue to be bigot but only richer

    • Anonymous

      No, he is in his 80s, the last thing he would want in his twilight years is to be treated like a pariah . You clearly do not understand how much bad PR can hurt when you are in certain positions of power . For a lot of people who become extremely wealthy money stops becoming the defining factor, and ego plus legacy, become even more important. Now how exactly is this a win for him ?

    • Anonymous

      The NBA or anybody else can't change him from being a racist but they can change themselves from being associated with such a person.

  • RC

    If the players can be held accountable for the behavior & comments off the court, so should he. He represents the league at all times. He has an obligation to follow the bylaws of the NBA, as a commissioner. They say what is done in the dark will come to light. Well things are finally catching up with him.

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