After initially responding to Donald Sterling’s comments through Twitter, Magic Johnson had a chance to sit down and say what he really felt on the matter, including a statement where he says Sterling should step down as the Clippers owner.
I think that all of us are outraged. We are all upset … If you’re going to be like this, ‘why do you own a team in the NBA which is over 70% African American basketball players?’”
Johnson is clear on what he thinks should happen next.
“I think he should step down. If you feel like that in a league that is predominately African Amercians, you shouldn’t be owning a team.”
After all this, Magic suggests Sterling would be well advised to sell the team.
“It’s a shame because of the fact at this time, here we are now in 2014, we still are having people discriminating against African Americans. That’s uncalled for and has no place in the NBA.”
Johnson said what we are all thinking, but if things were that easy, Sterling would’ve stepped down from ownership years ago when the other racist incidents, discriminating against his tenants, treating Elgin Baylor poorly, calling players “poor black boys” etc., surfaced. It’s different when audio is apart of the evidence, as hearing these remarks provokes a different emotion from all those involved, but the likely hood of Sterling not being the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers by the time this is all figured out is zilch.
In a piece posted by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports where he suggested it’s the league that needs to initiative with Sterling, not the Clippers personnel, he referenced to the league waiting for Sterling to croak over instead of forcing him from the position. A suspension and huge fine could be his verdict, but at Sterling’s current old age, you have to wonder if they stick to this plan if forcibly removing him from his position doesn’t work.
All-in-all, Magic’s sentiments toward Sterling aren’t rare. We all hope that’s the end-game from this situation, but Adam Silver and co. may not be able to pull that off. Hopefully whatever he can do is something that’ll impact Sterling in a proper way.