On Sunday, Deadspin released an extended, 15-minute version of the alleged conversation between Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his mistress at the time, V. Stiviano, in which Sterling admonishes Stiviano for “associating” with African-Americans. The racially charged conversation stemmed from Stiviano posting a photo with NBA legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson on her Instagram account.
According to the new audio, there was also a photo with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp that dominated a segment in the latter portion of the conversation. Prior to Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies, Kemp was subsequently asked to comment on his name being dragged into the mess and his feelings on the situation in general.
Here's what he had to say, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Dylan Hernandez.
Matt Kemp, who was dragged into the Sterling mess, said it would be "tough" for him to attend Clippers games.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 27, 2014
Kemp said he feels bad for friends Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 27, 2014
Kemp recalls taking a picture with Sterling's mistress. Laughing, he said he never expected it would lead to this.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 27, 2014
Sometimes a quick chuckle helps us deal with an uncomfortable situation, but there's no laughing at the comments made in reference to Kemp in the extended audio. Here's the transcript courtesy of Deadspin.
Poor Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is also dragged into the conversation, having appeared in an Instagram photo with V. Stiviano. It was her photo with Magic Johnson that had apparently started the fight.
Woman: Honey, if it makes you happy, I will remove all of the black people from my Instagram.
Man: You said that before, you said, “I understand.”
Woman: I DID remove the people that were independently on my Instagram that are black.
Man: Then why did you start saying that you didn’t? You just said that you didn’t remove them. You didn’t remove every—
Woman: I didn’t remove Matt Kemp and Magic Johnson, but I thought—
Women: I thought Matt Kemp is mixed, and he was OK, just like me.
Woman: He’s lighter and whiter than me.
Woman: I met his mother.
Man: You think I’m a racist, and wouldn’t—
Woman: I don’t think you’re a racist.
Man: Yes you do. Yes you do.
Woman: I think you, you—
Man: Evil heart.
If anything, though, this serves as a reminder that it's not just the Los Angeles Clippers or the NBA that are affected by Donald Sterling's alleged racial comments. It has an effect on everybody, from professional athletes in others sports, to politicians, to regular people like you and me. Unfortunately for Kemp, he's been dragged into the mess directly, though not at all voluntarily. More questions will certainly come his way, but I think his one response says it all.
"Racism is kind of old."
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