April 28 - Calling sports a cultural ''bridge'' UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon comments on the controversy surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon weighed in on the controversy regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's controversial tape released by TMZ on Saturday April 26, 2014. The UN Secretary General said "Sports can be used to bridge cultural, religious, ethnic and social divides. As Magic Johnson said in response to the controversy involving the Los Angeles Clippers, "We all play with different races of people when you're in sports. That's what makes sports so beautiful." Sterling faced a firestorm of criticism over a 10-minute recording obtained by celebrity news website TMZ in which a man reported to be the NBA owner tells a woman not to post photographs of herself with black people online and not to bring African-Americans to Clippers games. The taped remarks rocked the National Basketball Association (NBA), where most of the players are black, and left its officials scrambling to address the scandal that has threatened to overshadow the playoffs. Sterling, who made his fortune in real estate, has not made any public comment. Clippers President Andy Roeser has issued a statement saying he had listened to the recording on TMZ and had not yet determined if it was legitimate or had been "altered" somehow. "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," Roeser said in the statement.