'I couldn't play for him'

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  • Social media's reaction to L.A. Clippers' owner Donald Sterling's purported racist rant has been swift, strong
  • Many feel the NBA needs to come down hard on Sterling
'I couldn't play for him'

NBA owner under fire for alleged racist remarks

Sterling

The Los Angeles Clippers took a stand Sunday over racially insensitive remarks purportedly made by the team's owner Donald Sterling.

In a sign of protest before the playoff game against the Golden State Warriors, the team practiced with their warmup shirts inside out. After warmups, the players took off their shooting shirts and dumped them at the center of the court. 

Sterling reportedly made the comments, which were obtained by TMZ, during an argument he had with his girlfriend V. Stiviano about her Instagram feed on April 9. 

Watch: Is this the Clippers' owner on tape? Hear for yourself

Sports gossip website Deadspin released an additional recording Sunday of the conversation reportedly of Sterling and Stiviano where they discuss photos of NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp. 

The woman in the recording mentions to the man that's she's mixed race and most of his team's players are African-American. The man is also heard on the recording saying "I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have -- Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game?"

Stiviano's lawyer's office said Sunday that she didn't release the recordings to TMZ or Deadspin, but that they're legitimate.

The NBA is investigating the authenticity of the recording. League commissioner Adam Silver said the comments were "offensive and disturbing" and said the investigation will move "extraordinarily quickly."

The NAACP has already acted quickly, saying it won't honor the Clippers owner for his achievements at a May 15 event.

President Obama also condemned the alleged comments linked to Sterling during his visit to Malaysia, calling them "incredibly offensive."

"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk," Obama said.

We asked what you thought about the comments reportedly made by Sterling on HLN's Facebook page and you responded overwhelmingly. 

A number of you are suggesting to just boycott the team and not go to the games.

Bruce S.: Boycott the game.

Anthony M.: Screw what the NBA needs to do. The people who go to his games need to boycott them.

Dennis M.: The NBA doesn't need to do anything. He can say whatever he wants. If you want to make him pay, then you have to NOT go to the games and not watch the games. That's how you change people. Hit 'em in the wallet. Don't try to regulate him, two wrongs don't make a right.

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Many think the NBA needs to come down hard on Sterling, with some of you even saying the Clippers shouldn't even suit up for the rest of the games. 

Berneice T.: If your team is 80% black why would you make such a dumb and racist statement, if i were his team i would not play for the white guy. 

Alan E.: He is an idiot. He is a loser. Kick him out of NBA.

Laura A.: Fine him millions of dollars and donate the funds to various charities.

Some are saying people have a constitutional right to say what they want. 

Freda J.: What happened to freedom of speech????

Diana J.: Who cares! People discriminate against overweight people, dogs, cats, children, and people of all color, white included and old people.! It's his right as a American to feel any way he wants. Grow the **** up and move on.

Chris G.: FREEDOM OF SPEECH. ..Not Racist, & IT GOES BOTH WAYS....WTH...GET OVER IT...

Former and current NBA stars are voicing their opinions about Sterling and the Clippers. 

Plenty of celebs have also weighed in on the controversy.

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