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LA Clippers Racism Controversy: Michael Jordan 'Disgusted' By Donald Sterling

6/17/2014

By Todd Cunningham
TheWrap

Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan said Sunday that he was "disgusted" that Donald Sterling, a fellow NBA team owner, could hold such "sickening and offensive views."

The former Chicago Bull star and current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats didn't directly call for the ouster of Sterling, who was caught telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to his team's game in an audiotape released Saturday. But he did say that he was confident that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will take appropriate action after an investigation.

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"There is no room in the NBA — or anywhere else — for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed," Jordan said in a statement released Sunday.

The comments came as pressure on the embattled Clippers owner intensified. President Obama joined the chorus denouncing the remarks and called on Americans to do the same, even as a new audiotape surfaced that was longer and more clear than the one that TMZ released Saturday when the controversy ignited.

Here's Jordan's full statement:

"I look at this from two perspectives — as a current owner and 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. 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."

Here's the new audiotape that surfaced Sunday, via the web site Deadspin:

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