Donald Sterling’s Long History of Racism and Offensive Remarks

The seven most offensive things said and done by the billionaire over the years.

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The racist diatribe attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is clearly not the first time he has been hit with such charges. The billionaire apparently has a long and storied history of making racially insensitive remarks, geared not only toward athletes, but prospective tenants looking to rent apartments in properties he owns.

1. “Why are you taking pictures with minorities?”

In an explosive story, TMZ Sports obtained an audio recording of a man purported to be Sterling berating his 20-something-year-old girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who is half black, for hanging out with blacks and other minorities.

“Why are you taking pictures with minorities?” the man says in the recording. “Why? It’s like talking to an enemy. Hispanics feel certain things towards blacks. Blacks feel certain things toward other groups […] It will always be that way. […] It bothers me a lot that you’re associating with black people. […] You’re supposed to be a delicate white or a delicate Latina girl. […] You don’t have to have yourself walking with black people.”

2. “I wanna know why you think you can coach these [n-word]s.”

Jeff Pearlman, the New York Times best-selling author of six books and former Sports Illustrated senior writer, wrote last July at his eponymous blog that Sterling reportedly made the slur to Rollie Massimino, a standout college coach who was being considered for the head coaching job with the Clippers.

Pearlman says former Clippers general manager Paul Phipps recounted the story several months ago during an interview for a book about the NBA in the 1980s. Although the anecdote didn’t make the final pages of the book, he said it stood out in his mind. It happened while the team was searching for a head coach to replace fired Paul Silas, Pearlman writes.

“We needed someone different,” Phipps told Pearlman, “and one of the first guys we talked to was Rollie Massimino.” Massimino, who was coaching Villanova University, was known as a guy on the rise and Sterling agreed to meet with him inside a gate at Los Angeles International Airport, Pearlman writes.