Michael Jordan, former NBA player and current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, on Sunday condemned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments and called on the National Basketball Association to investigate Sterling’s alleged remarks.
“I look at this from two perspectives — as a current owner and as a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly,” Jordan said in a statement.
“As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA — or anywhere else — for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level,” he continued.
Sterling told his girlfriend not to bring black people to his games, according to audio published by TMZ on Friday. And Deadspin released extended audio of Sterling’s conversation with his girlfriend on Sunday.
The NBA announced Saturday that it is investigating the recording.