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April 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

UPDATE: The NBA has banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also said that he would recommend that the board of governors of the organization force a sale of the team.

EARLIER: Clippers owner Donald Sterling was the object of a full-court press by members of the entertainment media following the release of a recording in which he is heard making racist comments to his girlfriend Vanessa Stiviano. Appearing on CBS This Morning today (Tuesday), Oprah Winfrey said that Sterling’s comments reflected “plantation mentality in the 21st century. It just doesn’t fit, and I’m waiting to see what [the NBA are] going to do, because something has to be done.” Likewise, Spike Lee remarked, “That is the mentality of a slave master.” Referring to Sterling’s remarks on the tape that he is not a racist, CNN’s Don Lemon commented: “The new racism is being unaware that you are racist, and that is the worst kind of anything; to be woefully ignorant.” Some advertisers, meanwhile, were running in the opposite directions. Virgin America, State Farm, Samsung, Kia, CarMax, Amtrak, Red Bull, Sprint, and Corona were among advertisers who suspended or canceled advertising on Clippers broadcasts. But Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, while urging that Sterling be punished for his comments, which Cuban described as abhorrent, also remarked, “I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It’s a very, very slippery slope.”