Oakland, California rapper Yukmouth serves as the latest artist to offer their thoughts on the controversy surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. While speaking with Vlad TV, Yuk shared his belief that Sterling shouldn’t be forced to give away his ownership of the Clippers since the controversial comments he made were part of a private conversation.
The West Coast wordsmith, who was joined by Bishop Don Juan, then stated that Sterling should receive some kind of demotion instead.
“At the end of the day that was a private, recorded conversation,” Yukmouth said. “They had no right to take the team from him, period. Now you could say that he don’t deserve to be at the head of operations, whatever. But you can’t take a team from him. You can fine him. That’s perfect. It’s a lot of dudes that’s on the court that say ‘nigga’ or ‘mothafucka.’ They get fined and the game keeps going. They didn’t have to take the team from him. And him being a lawyer, he like ‘Oh, I couldn’t wait.’ So, they fuckin with a lawyer. A lawyer gonna fire back. Bang bang.”
Yukmouth later suggested that Sterling should instead pass down ownership of the Clippers to his wife or another member of his family.
“I think he should step down and give it to his family, but he shouldn’t have to sell the team,” he said. “Cause he got kids that could take over the operation. He got his wife. That’s how he feel, you know, get that nigga out of here. But he still—You shouldn’t lose a team. ‘I built this mothafucka.’ What’d he buy it for…I’m not letting that go. If I do I want $20 billion, period. He’s not gonna sell. And if I do sell it I’m selling it for $30 billion. Whoever buy that then you can have this mothafucka.”
Yukmouth joins a number of Hip Hop acts who have addressed Sterling and his remarks about black people. During an interview published last week, Houston rapper Scarface questioned why the Clippers owner should be forced to apologize over his comments.
“I don’t feel like he should apologize,” Scarface said during an interview with AllHipHop.com. “Why should he? I don’t apologize. Why should he? Why would he? For what? Ain’t no—Sorry for what? Sorry for what? What you sorry about? ‘I’m sorry because I don’t like black people.’ No sir. Why you sorry about that?”