Former Knicks’ great responds to NBA race scandal with call for black-only league

Former New York Knicks Larry Johnson (Reuters / Adam Hunger)
Image: Reuters / Adam Hunger

New York Knicks executive and former star Larry Johnson reacted on Twitter to racist and misogynistic remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling by calling for an all African-American basketball league.

Sterling landed in hot water over the weekend, when TMZ released an audio recording believed to be of Sterling telling his mistress V. Stiviano not to bring black people to Clippers games and criticized her for posting pictures of her with black athletes Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp, the Associated Press reports. The recordings were made by Stiviano herself, according to TMZ.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”the man identified as Sterling asks the woman on the tape. “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”

Johnson took to Twitter, with the following series of tweets::

I heard the Clippers owner made a racial statement And black people are all upset, get over it this is Integration.

— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 26, 2014

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