It wasn’t just the racism, either, though he certainly uttered a few racist gems. It was the paranoia, and the utter inability not to say things he really should not ever say out loud.
That being said, nobody who really follows basketball was really that surprised. Sterling has been the worst owner in the NBA for decades, and insiders already knew he was a racist.
In any case, today, in light of this new treasure trove of Donald Sterling quotes, we’re going to countdown the most insane, mostly racist things Donald Sterling has ever said…that we know of.
Think nothing could shock you at this point? Well, take a look and find out.
“I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid.”
This is Sterling talking to former Clippers GM Elgin Baylor about attempts to sign Danny Manning (Clipper from 1988-94) to a contract. It was disclosed in a lawsuit filed against Sterling by Baylor, who claimed his boss said this in the presence of former NBA commissioner David Stern.
But hey, the early 1990s were a totally different time, amiright David Stern?
11. But They're Just Poor Black Kids!
“I don't have to spend any more money on them, they will take whatever conditions I give them and still pay the rent...so I'm going to keep buying in Koreatown.”
Hey, Sterling doesn't just irrationally hate some minorities. He also irrationally loves others—especially Koreans. The guy loves Koreans, which is why they're the only non-white people he hires to work for him.
This particular quote, by the way, comes from 2002. It's from testimony given by Sumner Davenport, one of Sterling's former employees, in a discrimination lawsuit filed against him.
10. Koreans Are Easy to Rip Off
“That's because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they're not clean. And it's because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day. So we have to get them out of here.”
This is Sterling to speaking to former property manager Sumner Davenport again. It seems the real estate mogul thought his Ardmore Apartments smelled.
9. Minorities Are Smelly!
“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? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?”
This beauty comes from that audio tape released by Sterling's "assistant" V. Stiviano. He was trying to explain how he loves his black players dearly, but of course he came off sounding like the paternalistic racist that he is.
8. He’s a Job Creator!
“The girl is black. I like her. I’m jealous that she’s with other black guys. I want her. So what the hell. Can I in private tell her, ‘I don’t want you to be with anybody?’ Am I a person? Do I have freedom of speech? … I'm trying to have sex with her. I'm trying to play with her. You know, if you're trying to have sex with a girl and you're talking to her privately, you don't think anybody's there. You may say anything in the world, what difference does it make?”
This one is my personal favorite. In a third secret audio recording of Sterling obtained by Radar Online last week, he explains that he was just being racist because he thought it would make V. Stiviano want to screw him.
Now it all makes sense! I always dial up the racism when I'm trying to get in a girl's pants!
Seriously though, as our next quote will make clear, that explanation is just so preposterous.
7. Best. Excuse. Ever.
“Why are you taking pictures with minorities? Why?…It’s like talking to an enemy…There’s a culture. People feel certain things. Hispanics feel certain things towards blacks. Blacks feel certain things toward other groups. It will always be that way… Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?…You’re supposed to be a delicate white or a delicate Latina girl.”
This doesn't sound anything like jealousy to me. That sounds like a guy who thinks he's living in West Side Story.
These people don't associate with those people. Those people don't associate with us. We don't associate with them. Got it, everybody?
6. It’s Not Me, It’s the Culture!
“I don’t know why the girl had me say those things…I was baited. I mean, that’s not the way I talk. I don’t talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things, but I don’t talk about people.”
At number five we have our first entry from Sterling's flaming trainwreck of an interview with Anderson Cooper. And when you think about it, I guessthis was probably kind of true. I'm sure, knowing full well that Sterling was a crazy-ass racist, Stiviano probably said and did things she know would set him off.
5. It’s Not Me, It’s the Girl!
“Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years?”
Here's another little gem from the Anderson Cooper interview that probably went overlooked. But I just find it absolutely hilarious because, once again, does this man not realize that people write things down to record them for posterity?
One mistake? Hell, the next insane quote is over 30 years old!
4. Just One Mistake?
“I wanna know why you think you can coach these n*****s.”
This one comes to us third-hand. But it certainly sounds like something Sterling would have said, and it's not like people just go around trying to make people sound like racists for no good reason.
In 1983, when Clippers GM Paul Phipps was looking for a new coach for the team, he interviewed Villanova coach Rollie Massimino, who was an up-and-comer at the time. However, things fell apart when Sterling insisted on meeting Massimino himself, asking him—while drunk on champagne—the above question.
Later that night, Massimino called Phipps and relayed that quip, saying he'd never work for a man like Sterling.
Two years later, Villanova shocked the world by beating Georgetown in the NCAA national championship game.
3. Donald Uses the N-World
"I spent millions on giving away and helping minorities. Does he do that? That's one problem I have. Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people. And some of the African-Americans, maybe I'll get in trouble again. They don't want to help anybody. What has Magic Johnson really done for Children's Hospital which kids are lying in the hallways. They are sick. They need a bed. What has he done for any hospital? What has he done for any group?"
During Sterling's interview with Anderson Cooper, he went on a pretty ill-advised rant against Magic Johnson.
However, he didn't just stop with disparaging Magic. He was like, screw it, let's just go ahead and insult all black people. Because hey, if you're going down, you might as well go in a blaze or glory, right?
2. Donald Says Jews Are Better Than Blacks
"I think you have more of a plantation mentality than I do... I think you're more of a racist than I am.”
Sterling said a lot of crazy racist stuff to silver fox Anderson Cooper, but nothing made less sense than this. How? Why? What could he possibly mean? Only Donald Sterling knows.
Or, actually, he probably doesn't.
1. Donald Calls Anderson Cooper Racist
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