Local professional athletes react to racist rant

The National Basketball Association playoffs were full of stunners this past weekend.  But the only thing louder than the buzzer beaters was the racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers Owner Don Sterling.  

"It bothers me a lot that you...want to broadcast that you're associating with black people," a voice said to be Sterling can be heard in a recording posted to YouTube by TMZ. 

In the unverified audio clip Sterling tells his girlfriend he doesn't want her to bring black people to his games. Or post pictures with black people on Instagram.  

The audio clip has sent shock waves across the NBA. It was Instagram where Port Arthur's Stephen Jackson shared his thoughts saying "I'm glad the Clippers cut me," Later in the post he says "I would not play another game if I was on that team. Not right world, not at all." 

Beaumont's Kendrick Perkins is playing for a championship this post season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Ozen High School graduate told 12News Monday quote "I'm totally against racism and it should not be tolerated. Not only in the NBA but also around the world. Sterling was wrong and he should be punished." 

The comments said to be SterlingsSterling'sbeyond the hardwood. Saturday West Orange Stark graduate and recent NFL SuperbowlSuper Bowl Earl Thomas tweeted "That should show us as African-Americans are still battling racial prejudice."  Later he says "The world is a big melting pot we should all be treated equally." 

More NBA teams are showing solidarity with Clippers players who placed their warm up jackets at center court Sunday in silent protest. Miami Heat players did the same Monday night before their game against the Charlotte Bobcats.


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