Stiviano: Do you know that you have a whole team that's black, that plays for you?
Sterling: You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? … Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners that created the league?
The validity of the recording notwithstanding, we already knew this much about Donald Sterling: he is an unrepentant racist obsessed with the commodification and fetishization of black men. If, as many suspect, a combination of public and private forces impress on him to sell the Clippers, he will be roughly one billion dollars richer for his latest public act of inhumanity. Sterling is a slumlord and a misogynist and, as NBA-humping Chris Broussard of all people put it, he “has the mentality of an antebellum slave master.” The NBA, which has for three decades ignored fairly public signs of this mindset (see: Deadspin’s cavalcade of Sterling’s horrors), was finally compelled to act, launching an investigation and asking Sterling to steer clear of NBA games.