Donald Sterling

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during an exhibition game earlier this season at Staples Center. (AP)

By David Zahniser
April 26, 2014, 4:08 p.m.

[This post has been updated, as indicated in the notes below.]

A recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making racist remarks was met with swift condemnation from Los Angeles city leaders and prompted a call for the city to formally denounce him.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said through a spokesman Saturday that he condemns the “statements and sentiments” attributed to Sterling. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who represents a portion of South Los Angeles, went further, saying the council should take a formal position denouncing the remarks and demanding action from the NBA.

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[Updated at 4:07 p.m. PDT, April 26, 2014: Garcetti issued further remarks: “These statements are offensive and despicable and have no place in Los Angeles. I urge the NBA to act swiftly. L.A. fans deserve and demand better.”]

The NBA said it is conducting an investigation.

Late Friday, TMZ posted an audio recording it said captures Sterling making racist statements in the course of an argument. The Times has not confirmed the authenticity of the tape, and the Clippers have not commented.

[Updated at 3:24 p.m. PDT, April 26, 2014: The Clippers have released a statement in which President Andy Roeser says that the team does not know if the man recorded is Sterling but that the comments do not reflect Sterling’s “views, beliefs or feelings.” Read the full statement: Clippers release statement on racist comments.]

A person identified by TMZ as Sterling can be heard in the recording, said to be made this month, telling a female friend, identified as V. Stiviano, that he was upset she posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself next to Lakers legend Magic Johnson.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” the man in the recording says, later adding: “I’m just saying, in your … Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.”

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