As more owners and players come out against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's comments against African-Americans, there's one person in particular that NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is particularly proud of: Bulls legend and current Bobcats majority owner Michael Jordan.
"I'm glad that he spoke out," Johnson said as he addressed reporters in Gary, Indiana on Monday. "This is great for all of us to band together. We're going to do that, and we have done that. We're saying we're not going to stand for it."
Jordan released a statement following the release of the audio recordings:
"I look at this from two perspectives — as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I’m confident that (NBA commissioner) Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA — or anywhere else — for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”
The NBA announced it will have a press conference on Tuesday addressing Sterling's alleged comments and address any possible punishment. Comcast SportsNet Chicago will have live coverage of the event starting at 1:00 P.M. There will also be a live stream on CSNChicago.com.