Keith Olbermann, Snoop Dogg urge L.A. Clippers players to strike over Sterling rant

By David Ferguson
Saturday, April 26, 2014 15:30 EDT
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Snoop Dogg talks to Donald Sterling via screencap
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ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, rapper Snoop Dogg, Magic Johnson and others have spoken up about an audio recording purported to be of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling making a blazingly racist rant that emerged Friday night.

Olbermann took to his Twitter account and wrote, “Repeating: Time for #Clippers players to step up. Refuse to play till NBA moves against this racist jackass #Sterling. NBA can’t defend him.”

Snoop Dogg tweeted, “Fuc [sic] the owner!!!” and wrote that he would be happy to buy the team from Sterling, then sell it to Magic Johnson.

The rapper also posted a blistering video statement, which is embedded below.

The argument between Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano began when Stiviano posted a photo of herself and basketball legend Magic Johnson on Instagram. On Saturday, Johnson tweeted that he will be boycotting the franchise as long as Sterling is associated with it.

Calling the remarks “a black eye for the NBA,” Johnson wrote on Saturday, “TMZ reported this morning that Clippers owner Donald Sterling doesn’t want me or other African-Americans to come to Clippers games, and I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner.”

Clippers player DeAndre Jordan posted a blank, black square to Instagram, which many are interpreting as a gesture of protest.

On Friday night, TMZ Sports published audio tape of Sterling berating Stiviano and ordering her not to appear in social media with “minorities” or to bring any African-Americans to L.A. Clippers games.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” Sterling said. “Do you have to?”

Watch Snoop Dogg’s NSFW message to Donald Sterling, embedded below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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