Donald Sterling hasn’t been receiving much love recently since news broke of racist statements being attributed to the Los Angeles Clippers owner, with person after person, personality after personality, voicing disdain. So for your viewing pleasure, here is an (incomplete) list of people who hate Sterling.
1. Lil Wayne: The Louisiana rapper shared his own thoughts on the Clippers owner, delivering an expletive before going on to further explain his point. “If I was a Clipper fan, I wouldn’t be one anymore, it’s that simple. But if I was a Clipper player, a current Clipper player, you wouldn’t see me on the court anymore in that uniform. An apology wouldn’t do for me, it wouldn’t work for me,” he said in the video message, adding that “pride and respect” isn’t a team sport and he wouldn’t be playing for someone disrespecting him or his people.
2. Oprah: The media mogul joined in dismissing Sterling and his “plantation mentality,” and saying that action has to take place “now.” “Of course I’ve been following this story. It feels like a plantation mentality in the 21st century. In 2014 it just doesn’t fit. And, I’m waiting to see what they’re going to do, because something has to be done,” she said on CBS This Morning, according to Politico.
3. Rush Limbaugh: The popular conservative radio host took some time out of his Monday show to carve off his own piece of the Sterling pie. “All of this shock and outrage, I’m gonna tell you something. It is as phony as you can believe. Everybody in the media, from L.A. to New York, who’s acting shocked about this, I’m telling you, they’ve known who this guy is for the longest time. They’ve known he’s a slumlord. They know that he’s a racist. They know that he’s basically a despicable human being, and now he may be demented, in addition to whatever else he is,” Limbaugh said, according to a transcript.
4. Parts of his family: Sterling’s own family members have taken two big steps backward from the embattled team owner, distancing themselves from the “despicable views.” Shelly Sterling, his wife, released a statement saying, “Our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband. My children and I do not share these despicable views or prejudices. We will not let one man’s small mindedness poison the spirit of the fans and accomplishments of the team in the city we love. We are doing everything in our power to stand by and support our Clippers team,” according to the Daily News.
5. Mark Jackson: The Golden State Warriors coach slammed Sterling, calling for L.A. to boycott Game 5 of the playoffs. “If it was me, I wouldn’t come to the game. I believe as fans, the loudest statement they could make as far as fans is to not show up to the game,” he said. “As an African-American man that’s a fan of the game of basketball and knows its history and knows what’s right and what’s wrong, I would not come to the game tomorrow, whether I was a Clipper fan or a Warrior fan.”
6. All of the Clippers, Heat, Trail Blazers and Rockets: This one should come as little surprise. Sterling’s team, the Clippers, staged a silent protest, tossing their warm-up jackets in the middle of the court, going through their routine wearing their shirts inside out so the logo couldn’t be seen. The Miami Heat, in a show of solidarity, also wore their shirts inside out in a subsequent game. Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen and Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander both voiced condemnation of Sterling’s remarks, encouraging swift action against Sterling.
7. The cast of Inside the NBA on TNT: The crew went all in on Sterling—Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson especially. “This is habitual. This is the first test of Adam Silver. He’s got to suspend [Sterling] right now,” Barkley said. “You can’t have this guy making statements like that. He has to suspend him.”
8. Jeff Van Gundy: The ESPN commentator gave an open and honest opinion during his introduction before Game 4 of the Clippers-Warriors playoffs. “The only action that would be wrong is inaction or neutrality. From what the Clippers players did, I’d also like to see them make a statement before the game to the crowd about how racism has no place in this basketball arena,” he said. “Or just sit on the bench silently protesting for 15 minutes. Or even wait until Commissioner Adam Silver imposes whatever discipline is coming. Any of those to me would have been a great statement.”
9. Snoop Lion: If you haven’t heard the rapper’s expletive-laced rant against Sterling, you’ve probably been living under a rock. The artist posted a brief but thorough message to the “motherf–ker that own the Clippers” on his Instagram, calling him a “redneck” and “white bread,” among other choice terms.