Both former and current players in the National Basketball Association are reacting to racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Sterling specifically mentioned former player Magic Johnson in discriminatory remarks that were recorded during an argument he had with his girlfriend V. Stiviano on April 9, according to the website TMZ.
"I've known (Magic) well and he should be admired. ... I'm just saying that it's too bad you can't admire him privately," the man on the recording says. "Admire him, bring him here, feed him, f**k him, but don't put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games."
Monday on "New Day," three other former NBA players added their opinions on Sterling and what they believe should happen next:
Otis Birdsong, Former NBA All-Star Player
Otis Birdsong said he was not surprised by Sterling's comments as his views have "been known for years."
While Birdsong said he can't remember any other time hearing comments like this from other owners, for Sterling: "He’s had several allegations before since he’s been on this team ... It’s true. There’s no doubt about it."
Dominique Wilkins, Former NBA player, Executive for the Atlanta Hawks
Dominique Wilkins expanded on the belief that Sterling's views do not represent those of other owners.
"I think this is just one bad apple trying to spoil the bunch," he said. "Nobody wants to play for this guy. I wouldn’t want to play for him."
Mayor Kevin Johnson, Former NBA Player and current Mayor of Sacramento
What's next for Sterling and the NBA?
Kevin Johnson called this time a "defining moment" for the league.
He said NBA commissioner Adam Silver needs to take very decisive action that should "make a statement."
"We've got to make sure that justice is served, not just for this league, but for society."
In reaction to Sterling's comments, Clippers players gave the owner the silent treatment ahead of Sunday's playoff game. The team removed their warm-up shirts to reveal T-shirts worn inside out to hide the team’s logo. Do you think this is appropriate? Should the players go as far as boycotting a game?
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