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The NBA is currently investigating a TMZ Sports audio recording which purportedly features Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling making racially-charged comments toward African Americans and Los Angeles Lakers' legend Magic Johnson.
"We are in the process of conducting a full investigation into the audio recording ibtained by TMZ," NBA executive vice president for communications Mike Bass said in a statement, via Ken Berger of CBS Sports. "The remarks heard on the recording are disturbing and offensive, but at this time we have no further information."
Clippers president Andy Roeser released his own statement as well, questioning the legitimacy of the recording and relaying a message from Sterling himself:
“We have heard the tape on TMZ," Roeser stated. "We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered. We do know that the woman on the tape -- who we believe released it to TMZ -- is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would 'get even.' 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."
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is slated to have a press conference on the matter at 8:30 PM EST.