On Saturday April 26, 2014, TMZ released an audio recording that revealed the National Basketball Association owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, made racial and discriminatory remarks. The release of this recording caused an outcry of pain, disgust, and hatred.
Donald Sterling has a net worth of about $1.9 billion. He acquired his most of his wealth through real estate investments. In 1981 Sterling acquired the Clippers for $12.5 million. The team was based in San Diego at the time of purchase, it wasn’t until 1999 when the team relocated to the Los Angeles Staples Center.
The recordings should come to no surprise for anyone who has heard the name Donald Sterling, or who is aware of his character and his past. For over a decade Sterling has been accused of being a racist in both his real estate endeavors and dealings with the NBA. His recording, in which he tells his girlfriend V. Stiviano not to post online photos of herself with black people, including NBA great Magic Johnson, resulted in Sterling’s lifetime ban from attending NBA games and a fine of $2.5 million.
This isn’t the first time Sterling has landed in hot water — see the history of his expensive lawsuits.