According to the LA Times, after TMZ released an audio recording of Sterling purportedly making racist comments about an Instagram photo with his “female friend” and Johnson, it was made clear that that will be the last time anyone will see Johnson at a Clippers game at Staples Center.
“I will never again set foot in Staples Center when the Clippers are playing,” Johnson said Saturday afternoon in a phone interview. “I know where I’m not wanted.”
So is this a new business deal in the making? New reports are suggesting that Sterling should just sell the team to Johnson and wipe his hands of the mess he created.
According to Yahoo Sports, Johnson and the Guggenheim Partners are interested in purchasing the Clippers. “Magic’s absolutely interested,” one source connected to Johnson’s business interests told Yahoo Sports.
Johnson is obviously feeling many different emotions right now. He is angry with Sterling and wants to rid the Clippers of his ownership. He told the LA Times that Sterling’s behavior doesn’t make sense.
“This is so crazy, he doesn’t want African Americans to come to his game, he doesn’t want them to be part of anything over there, yet he wants his team of mostly African Americans to win him a championship?” Johnson said. “You don’t want us in your building, but you want us to win a title for you?”
Johnson added that Sterling’s comments are particularly hurtful in a diverse city like Los Angeles and it’s pretty ironic that his words have betrayed the people whose loyalty Sterling has depended on since day one.