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Aztecs weigh in on Sterling's racist rant

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Thirty years after Donald Sterling moved the San Diego Clippers to Los Angeles, he's embroiled in a huge controversy.

Racist remarks allegedly made by sterling can be heard on an audio recording posted on both tmz.com and deadspin.com. It has many people calling on the NBA to remove Sterling as owner.

Athletes at SDSU say they're well aware of Donald Sterling's soiled reputation.

"I'm not surprised. I heard he had a history of things like that, that kind of attitude toward minorities," SDSU rugby player Bakari Weaver said.

Weaver supports the Clipper players who showed solidarity by turning their team gear inside-out during warm ups, but then went ahead and played the Warriors.

"Realistically, that's their livelihood. That's their job… at the end of the day they still have a responsibility toward their fans," he said.

NBA officials have promised swift action after racist comments attributed to sterling surfaced on TMZ and deadspin.com. The recordings are believed to have captured the Clippers owner making a racist rant to his mistress.

Before moving the Clippers to Los Angeles in 1984, Sterling put his own face on the sides of busses with a slogan that read "I will make you proud of the Clippers." The team's new coach Doc Rivers says proud is not the word he'd use to describe his boss.

"I can't tell you how upset I am, how upset our players are," Rivers said.

Adam Silver, the NBA's new commissioner, will address the racist remarks on Tuesday.

Dr. Wendy Patrick, who teaches business ethics at SDSU, says the public's disgust may be enough to force Sterling out.

"Can he be fired, will he be fined? We're all waiting with anticipation to see what the commissioner decides to do," Patrick said.

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