Bobcats Players React To Sterling's Alleged Racist Comments
CHARLOTTE, NC -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver is expected to hold a press conference in New York City to address the investigation regarding alleged racist remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to his girlfriend. Ahead of game four against the Miami Heat in Charlotte, Bobcats players and fans had a lot to say about Sterling's comments.
"I wouldn't want to go to work if my employer felt that way about me so I definitely thinnk there should be some discipline and he shouldn't be the owner," said Tiffany Williams, a Bobcats fan and North Charlotte resident.
During part of the audio recording, Sterling said to his girlfriend, "Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo… broadcast that you're associating with black people."
Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson reacted to the recordings at the team's
practice ahead of game four against the Heat. "I just think it's crazy that in this day and time stuff like that is still being said, and people still feel that way," said Jefferson.
Bobcats team owner Michael Jordan is also speaking out. In a statement released over the weekend, Jordan said, "I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest level of our sport. We cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level."
"He's normally null on that type of stuff. It's nice to a owner like MJ come out and have such strong feelings about this situation," said Kevin Chandler, a Fort Mill resident.
Magic Johnson, who was in a picture with Sterling's girlfriend and mentioned in the controversial audio recording, is calling for Sterling's resignation. "If you're going to be like this, why are you owning a team that over 70 percent African-American players... So, I think he should step down," said Johnson.
Charlotte homegrown star, Stephen Curry, says he does not want the Sterling fallout to take away from post-season play. "To allow one comment... well, a lot of comments, to take away from that experience and this time of year is not worth it," said Curry.