Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp said Sunday he "just feels sorry" for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, after he was dragged into the controversy surrounding Sterling's alleged racist remarks.
On Sunday, Deadspin released an extended version of the audio clip released by TMZ on Friday, on which Sterling was allegedly heard making a series of racist comments to his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. On the clip, Sterling admonished Stiviano for bringing African-Americans to Clippers games and for posting photos of herself and African-Americans on Instagram — including Kemp.
“Racism is kind of old, for real,” Kemp said, according to The Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez. “Honestly, I just feel sorry for him, that he feels that way about African-American people.”
“This is bigger than the game," he added. "I’m shocked people still feel that way towards Latins, blacks, white people. We’re all the same. We all bleed the same. We’re all the same people. It really doesn’t make any sense.”
Kemp, who is good friends with Clippers players Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, said it would be tough for him to attend a Clippers game as long as Sterling continues to own the team. He said if he found himself in their situation, he would find a way to get out of it.
And he agreed with the opinion of former Los Angeles Lakers star and Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson, another target of Sterling's alleged racist rant. He said Sterling should be forced to sell the team.
“Honestly, what is a suspension going to do for an owner?" Kemp said. "He still owns the team. He’s still making money. You fine him? He’s a billionaire. What’s fining him going to do? That’s not really going to do anything."JENKINS: The NBA validated Donald Sterling with the Chris Paul trade >