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4:21 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Don't Let NBA Playoffs Get Lost In Sterling's Shadow

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 11:17 am



The Donald Sterling saga continues. By now, you probably know that the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers was caught making racist comments on a tape and then fined two-and-half million dollars by the NBA, and banned from the game for life. Well, yesterday the league took the first steps to strip Sterling of his ownership of the Clippers.

Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now as he does most Fridays. Hi, Stefan.


SIEGEL: And bring us up to date on the sterling story.

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5:37 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Columnist: Plantation Mentality Still Exists In Pro Sports

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to New York Times sports columnist William c. Rhoden about the Donald Sterling controversy, and the relationship between professional sports and race.

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10:35 am
Thu May 1, 2014

European Soccer Tackles Racism But Slips On A Banana Peel

A banana thrown earlier this season by supporters of RCD Espanyol during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at Cornella-El Prat Stadium.
Alex Caparros Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 11:49 am

While sports fan in the U.S. have been focused this week on the Donald Sterling scandal, European soccer fans have been talking about another racial incident. At a match between FC Barcelona (popularly known as Barça) and Villareal CF in Spain this past weekend, Brazilian player Dani Alves was setting up to take a corner kick when a banana, thrown by a fan, landed in front of him on the pitch. (You know, because racist taunts are never subtle.)

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7:04 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Doge At 'Dega: Dogecoin Sponsors Race Car

Phil Parsons Racing

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 11:54 am

Dogecoin users, it turns out, are passionate about underdogs. At Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday, one of the cars running will stand out from the rest.

Dogecoin is the digital currency that's similar to Bitcoin. (Doge is a slang term for "dog" used in Internet memes. There's a famous image of a puzzled-looking dog that's been a viral hit and it's also the currency's mascot.)

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5:05 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Fans Rally Outside Staples Center To Support Clippers

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:05 pm

LA Clippers fans have always supported their team, if not its owner Donald Sterling. We check in with people outside the Staples Center, where the Clippers played Golden State in the NBA playoffs.

The Two-Way
4:19 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Reactions To NBA's Ban Of Clippers Owner Donald Sterling

Former and current NBA players (from left) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Roger Mason, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the Lakers' Steve Nash and former Laker and Clipper Norm Nixon, welcome the NBA's ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday.
Noel Vasquez Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:24 pm

Current and former NBA players praised the league's decision to punish LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban over racist remarks he made in an audio recording. Commissioner Adam Silver announced the punishment Tuesday, days after the audio emerged.

In addition to the lifetime ban, the NBA also fined Sterling $2.5 million.

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4:16 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on April 21.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

We play for each other, for our fans, and for our families — not Donald Sterling.

That was the general message that players for the Los Angeles Clippers reiterated, off-mic, when the Sterling fiasco blew up over the weekend. They were being buffeted by questions about how, exactly, they might respond to allegations that Sterling, the team owner, had been recorded saying that he did not want black people to attend his team's games. Would they boycott? Would they be focused enough to be able to play?

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4:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Donald Sterling Banned For Life From NBA, Fined $2.5 Million

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:40 pm

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life from the league. The decision, coupled with a $2.5 million fine, comes in the wake of Sterling's racist remarks.

The Two-Way
11:59 am
Tue April 29, 2014

NBA Hits Clippers Owner Sterling With Lifetime Ban, $2.5 Million Fine

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday. Silver said the league verified an audio recording of Sterling making racist remarks.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:43 pm

Update at 2:15 p.m. ET: NBA Bans Sterling, Levies $2.5 Million Fine

The NBA is banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, league Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday, saying that its investigation has verified Sterling made racist comments in an audio recording that was made public Friday.

Saying that the NBA's investigation included a discussion with Sterling, Silver stated that the views he expressed "are deeply offensive and harmful."

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7:31 am
Tue April 29, 2014

NBA To Address Racial Rant Allegedly Made By Clippers Owner

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm



The NBA has scheduled a big announcement for this afternoon. They'll address the allegations against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. He's accused of going on a racist rant, all caught on an audio tape made public Friday. The situation has infuriated people in the NBA and also elsewhere. It's certainly become a major distraction for the Clippers, who are trying to focus on basketball.

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