Charlotte Bobcats chairman Michael Jordan added his voice Sunday to various NBA owners and players admonishing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
TMZ released audio, purportedly of Sterling, making numerous racially insensitive comments in an animated discussion with his girlfriend.
On Saturday Miami Heat star LeBron James, among others, spoke out strongly against Sterlings viewpoint. Sunday afternoon Jordan responded to the situation in a prepared statement issued by the Bobcats:
"I look at this from two perspectives as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, Im obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. Im confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly.
"As a former player, Im 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."
NBA commissioner Silver said Saturday night the league is expediting an investigation into Sterlings behavior. James, the NBAs reigning Most Valuable Player, urged Silver to be "very aggressive" in addressing Sterlings "disrespectful and appalling" comments.
"I believe in Adam," James said. "They have to do something very quickly."
Jordan wasnt the only person associated with the Bobcats to address the Sterling matter Sunday. Center Al Jefferson called Sterlings alleged comments "just ignorance, to me."
"Let crazy people be crazy," Jefferson added.
Jefferson said he was taken aback by how people can still have these attitudes in current times.
"Weve come so far as far as getting along, working together, making money, just living life," Jefferson said.
Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson said he didnt know enough to speak to the specifics of Sterlings comments, but added, "Nobody wants to see or hear things like that. Im sure the NBA will take care of it."
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