BLACK VOICES

Three Leagues, 92 Teams And One Black Principal Owner

04/29/2014 10:23 am 10:23:45 | Updated Apr 29, 2014
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The NBA is investigating racist remarks possibly made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. After the probe was announced, Deadspin obtained an extended recording of a conversation that has been attributed to Sterling and his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. In it, Stiviano asked, “Do you know that you have a whole team that’s black, that plays for you?” to which Sterling allegedly replied,

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? … Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?

It’s common knowledge that the NBA – like the other two biggest U.S. sports leagues, the NFL and Major League Baseball — has many African-American and Latino players. But off the court and off the field, the racial demographics of the leagues are starkly different.

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