OAKLAND -- Just spoke to Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob about the purported recording of Clipper owner Donald Sterling making contemptible racist comments.
Lacob was careful choosing his words, but clearly wanted to express his vast displeasure over the sentiments.
Here's the interview ...
Q: What is your reaction to the comments on the Sterling recording and comments?
LACOB: Clearly inappropriate. It's very sad that we have to all go through this.
Hopefully we can get through this and resolve the issues and put it behind us. But clearly very inappropriate behavior.
It's just something that I think no matter who you are, racism doesn't belong period, in any way, doesn't matter, black, white, whatever color. Inappropriate.
I wish we didn't have to do this today. I wish our game didn't have to be the centerpiece of all this today. I feel bad for our fans and players and everybody who will have to deal with this.
Q: LeBron James has said it, others have said it—Sterling doesn't belong in the league. You're an owner, do you think Sterling should continue to be an owner in this league?
LACOB: (Long pause.) I'm going to have to not say anything about that at this point, let the NBA do it's work and find out what really happened, if in fact the tape is authentic, and then there'll be judgment.
Q: You'll have a say in this as an owner—are harsh penalties due, from what you know?
LACOB: I've only heard about this for 24 hours, so I'm going to wait and take my cue from the NBA leadership. I've never been through this before, I don't think any of us have.
So I think we're going to wait and see. I don't know what the rules are. I'm going to have to go and figure out what they are and deal with it.
Q: You think this is going to affect the series at all, one way or the other?
LACOB: Hope not. May the best team win. I just wish we didn't have to deal with it.