Since Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks first surfaced, some of the immediate hysteria surrounding the audio recording has died down. The NBA stepped in and levied a $2.5 million fine, the largest amount possible under the league’s bylaws, and imposed a lifetime ban.
Sterling’s comments directly involved Magic Johnson and later Matt Kemp, as several athletes, both current and former, voiced their shock, disgust and anger over the racist remarks. The group of those who have spoken out now includes former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.
In an interview with West Palm Beach television station, WPBF, Lasorda took time away from collecting an honorary doctorate degree and provided his thoughts on the Sterling, whom he’s known for quite some time:
I’ve been a friend of that guy’s for 30 years. It doesn’t surprise me that he said those things. That doesn’t surprise me. And he shouldn’t have said it. He just hurt himself by talking too much and doing things that he shouldn’t be doing.”
After condemning Sterling, Lasorda then turned his sights on V. Stiviano:
And I don’t wish that girl any bad luck but I hope she gets hit with a car.
In the interview, Lasorda’s fiery nature that was commonly on display as a manager is still evident in his brief, but terse comments on the scandal. Lasorda managed the Dodgers for 21 seasons, guiding them to eight NL West titles and two World Series rings. The beloved former manager also took home Manager of the Year honors in 1983 and 1988.
Sterling has yet to respond to the NBA’s punishment, with many believing the owner will file a lawsuit to fight the decision.
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