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Such is some of the fallout on social media following a report that
On his Twitter account,
“I feel sorry for my friends Coach
Some suggested the public respond by going after Sterling's pocketbook.
Mark Gray, host of a sports talk show at WJFK-FM 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., tweeted, "@NBA has to hit @LAClippers owner Donald Sterling with the hardest penalty ever. Take his team!"
The blowback comes after TMZ reported late Friday on an audio recording that allegedly captures Sterling telling a friend earlier this month that he was upset she had posted a picture of herself next to Johnson, the former
"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people," Sterling says, according to the recording. "I'm just saying, in your … Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people."
Also on the tape: “Don’t put him on an
The reaction has been swift, strong and nonstop.
At halftime during
"You can't have a guy making a statement like that," he said. "We cannot have an NBA owner discriminating against a league ... We're a black league."
Throughout social media the reactions have come from the famous and not so famous.
Actress Mia Farrow simply tweeted out the hash tag "boycottclippers" with no further comment.
Jeremy Treat, a professor at Biola University and a pastor, was one of those who tweeted about the sports connection to the Sterling affair: "Racial discrimination in our country often comes to the surface through sports. We still have a long way to go."
Broussard followed that with another comment, this time addressed to the Clippers: "I would not criticize LAC players for playing, but I would love to see them (and the Warriors) boycott the games until Sterling is removed."
Former NBA star
Figures in the entertainment industry quickly weighed, including the rapper
Then in a nod to the identifying hash tags used on Twitter, Hart added, "#Racist #ScumBag #Racist #ScumBag #Racist #ScumBag."