Donald Sterling update: Valley NBA fans react to Clippers controversy

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Drinks and opinions flowed Sunday afternoon at a Scottsdale sports bar.

The topic on tap: the race comments allegedly from Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Sterling allegedly told his ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano that he didn’t want her to bring black people to Clippers’ games.

The comments were in a tape released Friday by TMZ.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” Sterling allegedly asked his girlfriend during an April 9 recorded conversation, according to the TMZ report.

“It’s unfair and it’s shocking,” Cassidy Cosgrove said of the comments as she watched the Clippers play Golden State Sunday afternoon in the NBA Playoffs.

Cosgrove, who watched the game with friends at Majerle’s, said Sterling should be removed from his ownership position if he, in fact, made the comments.

Due to the situation, she was rooting against the Clippers, who lost to the Warriors.

A few seats down at the bar, another viewer said the comments will not likely have consequences for the Clippers organization.

“Until somebody actually stops going to Clippers’ games… until they stop the money, nothing will change," J. Samuel said.

The Clippers have not denied that Sterling was the person in the audio tape, but the organization said that Sterling does not hold the opinions that were spoken in the tape, according to ABC News.

The Clippers’ home fans will get their say on Tuesday, when the team returns to Los Angeles for game five of their series against Golden State.

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