NBA releases statement about alleged Donald Sterling comments

NBA releases statement about alleged Donald Sterling comments
April 26, 2014, 11:15 am

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly made racist comments to his girlfriend. (USATSI)

Programming note: NBA commissioner Adam Silver will host a press conference at 5:15 p.m. from Memphis to address the alleged comments by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watch it STREAMING LIVE

Statement from the NBA:

The following statement has been issued by Mike Bass, Executive Vice President, Communications, regarding the TMZ report concerning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling:

"We are in the process of conducting a full investigation into the audio recording obtained by TMZ. The remarks heard on the recording are disturbing and offensive, but at this time we have no further information."

Statement from the Clippers:

Andy Roeser, president of the L.A. Clippers, today issued the following statement:

"We have heard the tape on TMZ. We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered. We do know that the woman on the tape -- who we believe released it to TMZ -- is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would "get even." Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life. He feels terrible that such sentiments are being attributed to him and apologizes to anyone who might have been hurt by them. He is also upset and apologizes for sentiments attributed to him about Earvin Johnson. He has long considered Magic a friend and has only the utmost respect and admiration for him--both in terms of who he is and what he has achieved. We are investigating this matter."

Courtesy NBA & Los Angeles Clippers media services