Laz Alonso Defends Donald Sterling’s Racist Audio Leak: ‘Why Are They Making Such A Big Deal?’
Over the weekend, audio of what is believed to be Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments leaked to the media.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” Sterling can be heard asking his girlfriend. “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”
“…Don’t put him [Magic Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.”
Many celebrities have publicly reacted to Sterling’s words, including Magic Johnson, Kevin Hart and even President Obama, who said that Sterling’s alleged comments exemplify how “the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation.”
“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here,” the President said.
Interestingly, “Jumping The Broom” actor Laz Alonso had something quite different to say about Sterling’s alleged comments. In fact, he actually defended the NBA team owner.
“Why r they makin such a big deal about #DonaldSterling?” Laz tweeted. “He was arguing with his girl who was clearly baiting him 2 say those things @clippers … In arguments of passion & despair people say horrible things they dont truly feel @clippers @ESPNLosAngeles #DonaldSterling … Making racial comments when either #roadraging or #arguing with a lover does not count!!! #Relax #emotions #passion @NBA @ESPNLosAngeles … Everybody acts holier than thou until u do the same. Dude was feeling insecure. End of story.”
And speaking of the Clippers, before Sunday’s playoff game, the team engaged in a silent protest gathered at the center of the basketball court, took off their warm-up shirts and left them there. During the warm up, the players wore their red shooting shirts inside out, with black arm/wrist bands or black socks. According to TMZ, singer Tank has also vowed to boycott the Clippers franchise. He recently revealed that he’s refusing to sing the National Anthem at Tuesday’s game.
“As an African American man and artist, I must take a stand on a matter that is so deeply personal to me,” he said. “In light of the recent disturbing and offensive allegations, in good conscience, I cannot move forward with my scheduled appearance at Tuesday’s Los Angeles Clippers game.”