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Moneymen pull out of Clippers over racist owner remarks

ALLEGED RACIST: Donald Sterling (PA)

LOS ANGELES Clippers have lost financial backing from several of the team’s investors as the fallout continues from club owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist comments about black people.

Big name sponsors, including Mercedes and Red Bull, have cut ties with the Clippers after Sterling was caught on a recording making remarks to his girlfriend about her appearing in photos with black people.

The NBA is currently investigating the 80-year-old owner’s comments.

The controversial 10-minute recording was posted on TMZ, and features a man’s voice, believed to belong to Sterling, criticising a woman for posting pictures on social media of herself with black friends.

Sterling, who has owned the Clippers since 1981, has denied he is racist and said the recording “does not reflect his views”.

The majority of the Clippers’ players are black, and many inside and outside have slammed Sterling for the remarks, including US president Barack Obama.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said: “We need unbelievable support and I hope that's what we are going to get from our fans.

“I was asked if I needed to talk to Donald. I passed. I don't think now is the right time, for me at least.

“I believe he said those things but I want to make sure it hasn't been doctored.

“I heard what he said. Until someone tells me differently, you usually believe what people say. I will wait for that further judgment.”

On the recording, the man singles out former NBA star Magic Johnson as someone the woman should not be seen with.

Responding to remarks, Magic said: “There's no room for racism and discrimination.

“Unfortunately, this is a man in a powerful position and a man who should be embracing minorities not discriminating against them.”

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