Magic Johnson May Buy Clippers If Sterling Sells Amid Racism Flap

Image: Magic Johnson May Buy Clippers If Sterling Sells Amid Racism Flap

Monday, 28 Apr 2014 04:43 PM

By Morgan Chilson

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Magic Johnson is “absolutely interested” in buying the Los Angeles Clippers, a source told Yahoo Sports, and that may offer a way out of the contentious situation that occurred when Clippers owner Donald Sterling was allegedly caught on tape making racist comments.

Some of those comments, which have caused an uproar around the country, centered around Johnson.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

“To bail themselves out of the NBA's worst crisis of credibility since the Tim Donaghy officiating scandal, the easy part for the NBA will be enlisting the eagerness and financial muscle of Magic Johnson and Mark Walter of the Guggenheim Partners — owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers,” wrote Adrian Wojnarowski for Yahoo.

But Johnson apparently isn’t the only one with an eye toward buying the Clippers should Sterling’s crisis force a sale. TMZ reported that billionaire developer Rick Caruso said he’s ready and waiting to make an offer.

As Sterling's alleged audio dominates the news, sponsors of the LA Clippers have begun to bail on the team, or at least “pull back,” as one told TMZ.

Carmax was the first to end its relationship with the team after the racist comments were made public, TMZ said.

Hours later, Kia and Virgin American followed suit.

State Farm said it would back off its sponsorship, putting it on hold, TMZ said.

“While those involved sort out the facts, we will be taking a pause in our relationship with the organization," a State Farm representative told TMZ.

Sports stars Johnson and Michael Jordan both denounced Sterling’s comments.

"He shouldn't own a team anymore," Johnson told ESPN, adding that he knew Sterling for years. "I had a friendship with him. So for him to then make these comments, or alleged comments, about myself as well as other African-Americans and minorities, there's no place in our society for it. There's no place in our league, because we all get along. We all play with different races of people when you're in sports. That's what makes sports so beautiful."

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved